I’ve seen it before in movies but never knew it had a name. Bokeh.
Bokeh is an out of focus point of light you’ll see in backgrounds of photos. When I joined Flickr, I noticed there were groups dedicated to nothing but bokeh. I also noticed some photographers do only bokeh photos. And photos that have that stuff have a gazillion adoring comments.
There is some in this photo I took, but it is not ideal.
Here’s an excellent bokeh photo someone has over there.
So I wondered, what’s the big deal?
I thought about some of my favorite moments in film and the images that flashed in my mind were ones that had bokeh in them.
A moonlit kiss on a porch with a fuzzy moon as a backdrop would be a good example.
But I don’t have one to show you.
Then I thought about some dramatic moments of my life. Bokeh in the background. Like when my son was born and his face was the only thing I could focus on because they gave me a powerful hallucinogenic drug.
That’s when I really got it.