Creative Collective 006: Blurry Bokeh Balls As Abstract Art

Bokeh Abstract – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Retro Gold” recipe

Bokeh is an often discussed aspect of picture quality. A lot of people use the term, but I don’t know how commonly it is understood. Bokeh is a misspelled Japanese word that means fuzziness. In photography, it is used to describe the out-of-focus portion of a photograph. Good bokeh simply means that the quality of the blurry part of an image is pleasant. Obviously what is “good” is subjective, as different people have different tastes. When there are bright points (such as lights) that are out-of-focus in a picture, the camera will render them as blurry orbs, which are sometimes called “bokeh orbs” or “bokeh balls” or “bokeh circles” (depending on who you ask). Sometimes when people discuss “bokeh” they’re specifically talking about these orbs and not the rest of the blurry part of the picture, even though technically all of it is bokeh, and not just the bokeh balls.

In this article we’re going to purposefully create blurry bokeh balls as abstract art. We’re going to do some things in the name of creativity that might seem photographically unusual or even outlandish.

Hold on tight, because things are about to get fuzzy!

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  1. Anid patchett · 6 Days Ago

    I totally use a bit of blur to create an abstract feel to photographs I love the almost psychedelic feel to the swirl . Often creates a blur of soft colours or a feeling of motion very cool in my opinion .I love some of the vintage lenses for this very reason

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  2. wwells0401 · 6 Days Ago

    These are great, Ritchie. I could see a book of your abstract photos being very interesting, especially with a little story behind each that demystifies what is actually behind the abstraction. The fact that “Bokeh Abstract” is in actuality a seguined mermaid blanket makes it that much more intriguing, to me anyhow. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 6 Days Ago

      I appreciate your kindness and encouragement! I hope that the article was inspiring to you. A book? Maybe that’s something I should work on….


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