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Click Click! 018: Two Syllables, Bo-keh

"Shrimp Dumplings" F3.2 | 1/60 Sec. | ISO 800

Every Wednesday of the week, I’ll share with you my moments of Photography in this Blog: “Click Click!”
-Just a simple guy with a camera

Dim Sum, in my definition is a Chinese brunch, where you are served shrimp dumplings (ha-gaow), fried tofu, and various foods in steamed baskets. Now, I’m hungry.  So as for this week’s feature photo, I took a photo of the Shrimp Dumplings. Well, did this happen to be another Click Click about food? No, because bokeh can be applied to any aspects of photography: Portraits, landscapes, and of course food. We are not looking just at the subject of the photo, but also importantly how the out of focus background can also act as a supplement to the subject.  Bokeh is defined as the aesthetic beauty of blurriness in the photo.

Is there any way to measure the quality of bokeh? Well, so far, I don’t believe so, but many will agree they would like the background to be relevant and reflecting creaminess to the subject. Typically light seems to yield the most interesting bokeh. Well, let’s get on to achieve bokeh:

1. The simpliest form is to set your aperture to the lower number F stop (as you see that I used F3.2). The reason is that low number F-Stop generally means shallow depth of field. (foreground being sharper than background)

So, shouldn’t I use the fastest possible F-stop to get the most bokeh? It all depends on your exposure, and composition. In the below photo, sitting in the same distance from the dumplings, I used an aperture of F1.8. Because of the shallow depth of field, even my dumplings become out of focus.  While certainty the solution is to move closer to my subject.

"Lowest F-stop of the dumplings" F1.8 | 1/60 sec | ISO 200

Let me not forget to share you with the Dim Sum’s traditional steam basket that you have to try: Chicken Fingers.

So due in September 01, 2010’s photo challenge is: The Triple S: Sweet, Summer, Single. Now that is something begin the month of September with.

"My Fingers" F2 | 1/60 Sec | ISO 320

Last, thank you again for your photo submissions, and many of them were great. You can find additional photos and many user submissions in the gallery view. If you have any questions or tips or like this article, please email me at Happy Clicking!

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