30 Breathtaking Examples of Bokeh Photography

By / Jun 3, 2010 / Inspiration

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.

  • http://www.pixelgems.com Jolene

    These are gorgeous. Thank you.

  • http://www.tdesigns.co.za terina

    this is really awesome! thank you for sharing!

  • http://www.webanddesigners.com Webanddesigners

    Nice shots. Inspirational, eye catching images.

  • http://fotoblog.przemyslawwajda.com baca

    Amazing pictures:) nice work

  • Niubi

    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?

  • http://www.jordanwalker.net Jordan Walker

    Yep, great examples in real life photography.

  • http://www.bozboz.co.uk Christiano

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

  • Brook

    Nice collection!

  • http://www.bentinmarcs.com Mark

    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?

  • http://www.cabinfeververmont.com/ Jen at Cabin Fever

    Great post and photos!

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

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

  • http://www.smashingbuzz.com Smashing Buzz

    really amazing photographs in this article. thanks for sharing

  • Eva

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

  • http://www.torbalscales.com ddeja

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

  • http://creativemagz.com andrewbenardski

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

  • http://www.fredericson.de Ben Fredericson

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

  • http://dimitardachev.daportfolio.com/ Dimitar Dachev

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

  • http://www.focussion.com Michael (Focussion.com)

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

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericmmartin/ Eric Martin

    Great list; Thanks for including one of my photos!

  • http://www.photochop.eu Dan Spratt
  • Sam Duke

    Great!

  • http://martinsoler.com Martin Soler Photography

    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/

  • http://www.clippingdesign.com Clipping Design

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

  • http://www.ladedaphotography.com Melissa

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

  • http://www.worthington-photography.com Mel

    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.