I'm bokeh, you're bokeh, pure bokeh, okay? (Fireworkskeh and Boatlightkeh for HBWE!)

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The "bokeh" phenomenon is fun to watch on Flickr. Bokeh is the diffused light we see on an image when the light source is unfocused.

In the image above, this is all bokeh. 99% of what you can see is the bokeh from the July 4 fireworks on the right, the bokeh in the water reflection, and the bokeh from the lights of boats on Lake Michigan that came out to see the fireworks.

You can get bokeh either by using a high aperature setting (e.g. low f-stop number, f/2.8, 3.2), or by manually defocusing , as I have done here.

So one of the new words that has been created by Flickrites is...
bokehliscious...
a bokeh image that is completely satisfying.

Flickrites have gotten to call anything that is defocused "bokeh". Technically, if it isn't a light source, it isn't bokeh... The defocused object is then appended with a +'keh", and voila--a new word!

Thus the image above could be called fireworkskeh, boatlightkeh, or lakemichigankeh.

...Oh geez--and it's not even Wednesday!!!!! That mean's this is Happy Bokeh Wednesday Eve, or HBWE! (Explore)

LAR's [ Larry ], ifedorovskaya, and 105 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. MiniCreature [deleted] 86 months ago | reply

    Nice.

  2. aimeeern 86 months ago | reply

    Thank you for the explanation. Now I'll be sure to use the term correctly!

  3. oscarbaz ☁ zɐqɹɐɔso (missing!!!! sorry!) 86 months ago | reply

    ... wow, great shot.

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called
    ARTISTIC EXPRESSION (Admin invited images only),
    and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  4. BeliM 86 months ago | reply

    funny l just looked up the word bokeh today.
    it is my new favorite word ;), and thanks for the addition of bokelicious into my vocab....

  5. Rozanne Hakala 86 months ago | reply

    Hahaha! Great description there Kevin! This is truly bokeliscious!

  6. Rozanne Hakala 86 months ago | reply

    P.S. Congrats on Explore!

  7. Nuragic Man~A bit busy 85 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Flickr Global, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  8. hbierau 81 months ago | reply

    Very nice work there!

  9. Tony and Mar 74 months ago | reply

    Nice fireworks bokeh!

  10. sundero 68 months ago | reply

    OK, I love your explanations, but it's all bokeh to me. :)

  11. Bivaa :) 63 months ago | reply

    lovelyy!! :)

  12. Martin P Perry 62 months ago | reply

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  13. bugman11 62 months ago | reply

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  14. Gryffngurl 62 months ago | reply

    Very excellent bokeh

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