My initial draw to landscape photography is the epic and surreal wow effects some renown photographers create in their artwork. Recently, I discovered a new realm that is refreshing both my eyes and ideas. In the norms of landscape photography, there are many nights in hostel beds or sleeping bags to be on location with the sun, there are good lighting and composition to achieve the vision, there are small aperture and tripod (or sturdy hands) to capture the details. But what if I take out the small aperture and details out of a landscape? I was astounded by the level of creativity I could play with just the light and shape. Just like how artists were drawn to impressionism in the 19th-century art movement – short, thick strokes of paint capturing the shape of the subject rather than the details, I was immediately hypnotized by the dreamy quality of bokeh created with wide apertures and landscape composition using modern technology.
Tell me friends, between the following two images, which makes you smile?
Me? I like both. But the one with variations of shape, color, and textures in the out of focus part certainly puts a smile on me.
Therefore, my pursuit of bokeh begins just now…