Bokeh (from the Japanses boke ぼけ, "blur") is a photographic term referring to the appearance of out-of-focus areas in an image produced by a camera lens. (wikipedia.com)
I just discovered this term recently. I've seen the technique used in photography before, mainly as a background to emphasize the focussed subject, but I've also noticed that some photographers use bokeh as the primary "focus" of the photo. I really like the abstract effect it creates. Plus, it's a good excuse when your photo doesn't come out!
photo by Katie Westacott 2007
4 years ago