A photograph can communicate the visual detail of a scene in a way difficult to capture in words. After all, they don’t say for anything that a picture is worth a thousand words.
The Japanese are an amazing people with a rich culture and beautiful art. They have a unique approach to everything from poetry to photography. Bokeh is a style of Japanese photography that allows the world to fade away while bringing one specific subject into perfect clarity down to the last detail.
More specifically, bokeh photography is defined as a photography effect achieved by shooting a subject with a fast lens set to the widest aperture. You’ll then wind up with a soft, out-of-focus background that’s slightly blurred and produces an aesthetically pleasing effect. The faster the aperture, the better your bokeh will turn out, so ideally, your camera lens should have an f/2, f/1.8, or f/1.4 aperture.
The size and the shape of the bokeh are determined by the shape of the blades that make up the aperture of the lens. If your lens has more circular-shaped blades, the resulting bokeh effect will be rounder and softer. Contrary to that, a lens that has more hexagonal blades will result in hexagonal bokeh.
In this gallery, we have a curated collection of bokeh photography that truly captures the beautiful details of life, great and small. Use them to get familiar with the bokeh style photography or inspiration for your next photoshoot.
Polaroid Photos Bokeh by Joanna Malinowska
Microcosmos by Benjamin Balázs
Motor Speedway Lights by Derek Thomson
Bokeh Plants in Bottled Water by Nietjuh
Rainy Street in Evening by Todd Diemer
Out of Focus Tram in Bokeh by Burak K
Bokeh Daisy Flowers by jrydertr
The Essense of Cool by Dustin Diaz
Santa Candle Decoration Bokeh by Ylanite Koppens
Fungi in Forest by Krzysztof Niewolny
White String Light Bokeh by Kei Scampa
Send a Little Love My Way by Sibel
Woman Holding Fireflies by Matheus Bertelli
Bokeh Bubble by John Spade
Close-Up Photo of Mushrooms by Visually Us
Cuddly Bear & Bokeh Lights by Akshar Dave
Vintage Globe Bokeh by Artem Bali
Traffic at Night by JJ Ying
Professional Headphones Bokeh Background by Alphacolor
Man Playing Guitar by Austin Neill
Multicolored Bokeh Christmas Tree Lights by Tim Mossholder
White Summer Dream by Honeycorn
City Skyline Bokeh by Lon Christensen
Photographer at Night Bokeh by Ryan Pendleton
Deep-Fried Scorpion Bokeh by Yubo Mojao