Saturday, January 10, 2009

Infinity and Bokeh

"1867 Sutton & Dawson Dict. Photogr. 122.... In every lens there is a certain distance of a near object from it, between which and infinity all objects are in equally good focus." ~Quote from Oxford English Dictionary

Taking sharp images was a challenge for me with my first single lens reflex camera. No matter what I did, I couldn't not achieve a crispness. With a medium format Hasselblad, that changed. The settings worked. The lesson to be learned in this is: good glass (high quality lenses) are crucial in achieving high quality images. The same is true when using digital cameras--buy and use good glass.

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Bokeh produces different aesthetic qualities in out-of-focus backgrounds, which are often used to reduce distractions and emphasize the primary subject...and has been in use at least since 1996 Boke is the Japanese word for "fuzzy". - Wikipedia

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