Buckets of bokeh

Bokeh is what we used to call the out of focus crap in the background. Now a compositional element/technique. If used well, bokeh can enhance some images.

Look for elements in the background that will make aesthetically pleasing patterns when thrown out of focus.

  • Small lights, small Christmas lights work well.
  • Variations in illumination.


Here creamy bokeh produced by sunlight on fern fronds provides a contrasting background to the fiddlehead.


The bokeh here provides a subtle background to the fall coloured leaves in the foreground.

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