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Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Book of 'Bokeh'

By Carsten Bockermann

This afternoon I found a book in a Cologne bookstore that is a must-see for all bokeh aficionados: All Day, Every Day by David Armstrong. All the pictures in the book are out of focus in a beautiful, painterly way (see here for some examples) and Armstrong shows an excellent sense for color. Definitely worth checking out.



Blogger Kevin said...

I like the idea and execution of the pictures, but some of the bokeh is ugly. Especially notice the waterfall and the statue (presented side by side). Looks like little donuts.

10:03 PM  
Blogger John Roberts said...

I looked at the links to see some more examples. This appears to be one of those "artsy" books where inside we say, "Huh?", but so as not to seem unsophisticated we instead say something like, "Oh yes, very imaginative." I'll risk being considered a rube who doesn't get it, and say it out loud, "Huh?"

4:32 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

Yes, I wish he'd used a better lens. (g)


7:00 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...


(grin, duck, and run)


7:07 AM  
Blogger Carsten Bockermann said...


>>but some of the bokeh is ugly

yes, it's not exactly the "Book of smooth Bokeh" ;-)

Sometimes photographers try to be unique by employing a certain technique over and over, which seems to be the case here. At first I though "nice idea", but already after fve or six pictures it became boring.

And no, I didn't buy the book.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Skip Williams said...

For me, but book would be $80 poorly spent. Maybe a couple of these out-of-focus pictures thrown into a book would have been OK, but what I see doesn't impress me.


8:21 AM  
Blogger juze said...

Also, whoever designed the cover should be shot. In the face, to quote Jeremy Clarkson.
The book itself seems to be a slightly original idea that quickly wears thin.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Brambor said...

I need glasses.

2:01 PM  

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