40 Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography

I’m sure most of you have heard of the term bokeh. Basically it is referring to the aesthetic quality of the blur produced from a shot with shallow depth of field. Determining factors of bokeh are things like lens aberrations and shape of lens aperture.

Bokeh is a very subjective thing. Its hard to say what is “good” bokeh and what is “bad”. In my opinion anything that is less distracting and adds something to the image would be considered good and anything distracting or confusing to the image would be considered bad. Based on that I have gathered some examples of what I think is beautiful bokeh photography.

Petra

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Mark-F

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Sortvind

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Corrie White

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


digidreamgrafix

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Sandy515

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Lubna-Essence

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Andrew Wong

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Thiur

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Casper Lans

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Hannah Hylen

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Ting Hay

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


mouseteeff

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Honeycorn

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


alejandrohdezruiz

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


marcιη

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Krawat93

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Jenipho

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


AgniMax

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


prismes

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Sortvind

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


love-grows-on-trees

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


all17

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


fragilesimplicity

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Lisalein

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Savatey

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


inertia09

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Will Montague

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Stian Throndsen

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


shannkat

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


thewhitestdogalive

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Manuela Hoffmann

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


embr

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


to Say Something. Say Anything.

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Bokehjo

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


rebeccadk777

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


Mondo Cardine

Beautiful Examples of Bokeh Photography


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What Our Readers have to say

  1. whaly says:

    As a newbie, thanks, now I know what is a Bokeh !

  2. TF28 says:

    Very much enjoyed this compilation. Thanks!

  3. Brad C says:

    Yeah, very nice collection of photos.

  4. Excellent post!
    I love bokeh, thanks for putting this together. So going to check out those artist on DA! :)

  5. MainlineMom says:

    Soooo beautiful! I am a bokeh addict!

  6. Jay Dadivas says:

    I like it.. Thanks so much…

  7. Beautiful jobs, well done!!!

  8. publikaccion says:

    lovely shots for sure :-D

  9. Dee says:

    Those are beautiful! Love Bokeh!

  10. andrewbenardski says:

    Beautiful!!! love it!

  11. Hufsa says:

    Those are absolutely incredible, I love ‘em ! :)

  12. Prabhu.MP says:

    Very difficult Photographs to take. Thanx and wishes for the photographers

  13. Simples e espetacular!!

  14. Roberti Rivas says:

    Nice photos!, i liked so much “embr”, it made me laugh, great work.

  15. I am new to this kind of photography…This has been a great introduction for me…I love the use of colors and light…I simply adored the blurring of the background effects; this effect gave a new outlook to the image as a whole…thanks for sharing this post…

  16. robb says:

    wow that cup and spilled blue lights is so cool.
    great idea.

  17. Autonomy says:

    This is a great collection – thanks for putting it together! I love the character in embrs photo.

  18. pat says:

    You’re missing this guy:
    http://www.flickriver.com/photos/safetylast/popular-interesting/

    He does bokeh really rather well.

  19. Amit says:

    in bokeh photography we should concentrate more on the subject n the selection of the subject..the more attractive or unusual the subject, it will b more interesting for the viewers to view the pic.. due to the blurred foreground the subject will b focused more..loved the pic AgniMax..

  20. Pippa says:

    Such wonderful images. very cleverly done. thanks for sharing

  21. blueweb says:

    What a amazing! I really love this subject :)

  22. Mark B says:

    Such beautiful pictures – I really want to learn to master that technique.

  23. Tim says:

    This isn’t “bokeh”. Bokeh is the QUALITY and PROPERTIES of the blur effect. Quit talking about it like bokeh is the effect itself.

  24. Bill Jones says:

    I agree. You did read my second sentence didn’t you? As far as referring to that type of photography as “Bokeh”, I guess I could have put “Really Sweet Looking Shallow Depth of Field Photography”.

  25. jmleclercq says:

    Great Collection !!

  26. Babar says:

    wonderful images….keep up the good work

  27. Brandon says:

    clever technique… nice photos

  28. This is top class photography, very nice colours.

  29. Kawaljeet Virk says:

    SIMPLY AWESOME…….:)

  30. kimick says:

    bokehmuaaah! <3

  31. Kristy says:

    These are LOVELY. do you have a short tutorials for these?
    I have the bokehs itself, but how do you put it on via photoshop?
    what are the steps you took to insert the bokehs on these photos?
    thankssss!

  32. Angelo Sartore says:

    All lovely photos, but, I am amused by the term ‘bokeh’. This is nothing new! Still photographers & motion picture cameramen have been utilising long lenses & wide open apertures for a lo-o-o-o-o-o-o-ng time to create these moods. Out of focus backgrounds & foregrounds can hide many problems with favorable results. In some ways, shallow depth of field can be a by-product of lack of illumination for the shot or just using the available light to light whatever you are photographing.

  33. Fantastic examples! Great stuff! I’m glad to see ,in some, bokeh made the shot!

  34. Linda Solan says:

    Wonderful photos… so surreal.

  35. ricardo says:

    simple and beautiful!

  36. Linda Solan says:

    how is this done??? a macro lens???

  37. Bill Jones says:

    @Linda

    You need to creating a shallow depth of field. Use a low f-stop number – f1.4, f1.8 or f2.8. Faster shutter speeds helps to create nice defined circles. Crank up your ISO if things are to dark.

    Also check out http://thejoyoflandscapes.blogspot.com/2010/08/bokeh-for-landscapes-how-to-create.html

    Hope this helps.

  38. lovely. Makes me want to try this technique more

  39. Theo says:

    Beautiful collection, great shots!

  40. Tony says:

    I hope to one day grow up and take shots like these.

  41. kishn says:

    how come the photos are so clear?

  42. FAISAL says:

    wow had fun watching

  43. SAMANEH says:

    lovely…

  44. Julian Heath says:

    I thought Bokeh was a spelling mistake! However, it cropped-up too often to be that. Yes, lovely examples of differential focus or bokeh if you prefer but it’s not new; it just has a new posh name!
    But yes, good pictures and examples.

  45. Noorul'Aini says:

    beautiful photos……………thank you!!!!!

  46. John says:

    Fantastic collection of photos. Well done. And now I too know what Bokeh is. THANKS

  47. Rhemzis says:

    The title of this compilation is true. Those bokeh shots are indeed inspiring. And I didn’t even know what bokeh is ’til I stumbled upon this site. Thanks!

  48. KriS says:

    Nothing beautiful about any of them. Bokeh is a gimmick form “photographers” with poor compositional skills.

  49. Vi says:

    Kris you probably wont read this, but if you actually looked at some pro’s macro photos, youll see that they take advantage of bokeh, and they don’t have poor composition.

  50. ant says:

    I love them :))

  51. Taha says:

    I like your collection very much. Thank you for such post.

  52. Bharati says:

    Ethereal –fantasical !!!

  53. Amazed says:

    Awesome!!

    Stunning (in my opinion at least)!!

    Perhaps, I’ll throw my camera and lenses in the bin, because these are the kind of photos I would to make but haven’t managed to do so ..

  54. Tim says:

    Great pictures. I love doing bokeh pictures with different shaped apertures. I use a Lensbaby with about a dozen different aperture shapes. Very creative and all done in camera.

  55. johhny says:

    Hopefully these photos don’t give people the incorrect impression that Bokeh only refers to turning background lights into circles. Depth of field control using the aperture and/or focal length of the lens creates out of focus areas that are rendered as various amounts of blurriness. The photographer can then use the blur to help achieve the look he or she is after. Nearly all of the above examples are the exact same effect, blurry circles representing distant point light sources, though Bokeh is a term that covers a much wider range of effects. Bokeh really refers to pleasingly rendered blurriness, out-of-focus areas of any kind beyond the depth of field (focused area) of the lens, that rather than detracts from, enhances the image. The “pleasingness” is of course in the eye of the beholder.

  56. Josh says:

    Uhm for those trying to act like bokeh is w word or something The japanese originated the term in like…. 1910. Boke in Japanese means blur Americans just added an h

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