30 Breathtaking Examples of Bokeh Photography

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The term Bokeh comes from a Japanese word that means “blur”. In photography, it’s used to describe the blur or the quality of the blur in the out-of-focus regions of an image. This can be achieved by taking pictures with a shallow depth-of-field. Bokeh is most noticed when points of light or highlights are part of the blur. They can become prominent and, even though out of focus, very important parts of a shot. For your inspiration, we’ve rounded up 30 breathtaking examples of bokeh photography.

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Ben Fredericson

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Sino Banes

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Huck

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HeavenlyShell

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Joni Niemelä
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Anna Garbarczyk

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sermeszo

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Ben Fredericson

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Mark Freeman

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Dimitar Dachev

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Jenipho

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Shermeee

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Niffty

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northpolemama

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Harold Lloyd

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Harold Lloyd

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Eric M Martin

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Silvia Lorenzo

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Professor Tanzil Tafheem

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AHMED

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TMAB2003

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jnap

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ecstaticist

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Timmy

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vsz

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B Tal

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27147

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27147

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kukkurovaca

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Ben Fredericson

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

24 Comments

  1. Jolene
    June 3, 2010

    These are gorgeous. Thank you.

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  2. terina
    June 3, 2010

    this is really awesome! thank you for sharing!

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  3. Webanddesigners
    June 3, 2010

    Nice shots. Inspirational, eye catching images.

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  4. baca
    June 3, 2010

    Amazing pictures:) nice work

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  5. Niubi
    June 3, 2010

    Nice collection! The photgrapher(s?) who took these photos should consider going to DubLi and seeing if a deal to sell these could be struck?

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  6. Jordan Walker
    June 3, 2010

    Yep, great examples in real life photography.

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  7. Christiano
    June 3, 2010

    Wow, Anna Grabarczyk’s photo is stunning, looks almost unreal like made in photoshop!

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  8. Brook
    June 3, 2010

    Nice collection!

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  9. Mark
    June 3, 2010

    wow! wonder if any one has shot a whole wedding using bokeh. Love to see it if they have. Maybe I should use it for one of my weddings coming up?

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  10. Jen at Cabin Fever
    June 3, 2010

    Great post and photos!

    I am actually hosting a “Bokeh” photo assignment/contest on my blog. Check it out!

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

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  11. Smashing Buzz
    June 4, 2010

    really amazing photographs in this article. thanks for sharing

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  12. Eva
    June 4, 2010

    The shoot of the cup with the “bubbles” going out from it is my favorite. Looks like you’re drinking magic coffe.

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  13. ddeja
    June 4, 2010

    Incredible collection. Can’t take my eyes of those beauties. Thanks so much.

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  14. andrewbenardski
    June 4, 2010

    Always love bokeh! thanks for sharing. I have mine collection too http://bit.ly/8rcj9L

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  15. Ben Fredericson
    June 6, 2010

    A big thank you that I am in this list. And with three shots! Thank you very much!!! Greetings from Germany, Ben

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  16. Dimitar Dachev
    June 8, 2010

    A big thanks that I’m in this list, too!
    Greetings from Bulgaria!

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  17. Michael (Focussion.com)
    June 12, 2010

    Thanks for the inspiration! I will try to play with bokeh now I’ve seen these examples.

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  18. Eric Martin
    June 16, 2010

    Great list; Thanks for including one of my photos!

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  19. Dan Spratt
    July 26, 2010

    My bokeh shot of the quayside in Newcastle

    http://photochop.eu/Site/Gallery/Pages/Newcastle_%26_Gateshead_Quayside.html#18

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  20. Sam Duke
    August 7, 2010

    Great!

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  21. Martin Soler Photography
    August 24, 2010

    Wow inspiring. Thanks a lot for sharing.
    I tried this too, had some fun with it as well:
    http://martinsoler.com/2010/06/03/bokeh-love-hearts-candles/

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  22. Clipping Design
    September 26, 2010

    Awesome collection of bokeh photography. Great job Henry Jones. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. :)

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  23. Melissa
    November 24, 2010

    Some beautiful examples of in-camera effects. Who needs Photoshop :-)

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  24. Mel
    March 14, 2011

    Ha ha. I love the one with the bug. And I don’t think you are right Melissa. Some of them are DEFINETELY manipulated!
    Take care.

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