August 28th – Getting my Bokeh on

Fig Tree Bridge bokeh

Pictured above is the Fig Tree Bridge from Hunters Hill, spanning the Lane Cove River. You might have to use your imagination a little (here’s an in-focus pic from the same spot).

The night was perfectly still, and the river was glass-like. This has created wonderful symmetry in the photo.

A bit of a refresher on ‘bokeh‘ – it is the haze, or blur in an image – applicable to both the background in a focussed photo, or the above method in which a photo is taken deliberately out-of-focus.

With this out-of-focus technique you are relying on the lens to render any available light, rather than the camera to interpret and optimise. The density and shape of each object is a result of the quality of the lens.

And somewhat surprisingly, my experiment worked rather well. The perfect stillness of the Lane Cover River provides great symmetry to the image.

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