Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/02

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Jim / Marvin / "Bokeh - Definitive Word"
From: (Ted Grant)
Date: Sat, 2 May 1998 19:10:42 +0100

Jim Brick wrote:

> I think that Bokeh is an "art" word. What is "art" to one person is "trash"
> to another. I firmly believe that "good Bokeh" to one person makes an "ugly
> photograph" to another. I like many lenses because of the way I photograph.
> Different people photograph differently. A LUGger, awhile back, reported
> that he was disgusted with any photograph that had a single silver molecule
> out of focus.
> My point is that asking someone to describe Bokeh is akin to trying to
> define art. You'll have to take photographs the way you take them, with the
> lenses you choose, and look at them yourself. Make up your own mind. Even
> though Preston Publications has tried to describe different kinds of Bokeh,
> it seems to me to be very nebulous. It's in the mind of the viewer.


I doubt anyone could have said it more plainly nor in simple application. A
good one!

Could see how anyone could challenge that discription. That's a post worth