Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Beauty of Bokeh

A first experiment in defocus. Edited in... tadaa FCP X! Hard to say anything about it because I just delved in. It's a completely new and unfamiliar program... Will say more about it once I get to know the app. Definite iMovie feature: exported my timeline straight to Vimeo. But do I like that? The export editor is limited and I have no idea where the QT file is on my computer?! Or has my creation merely been absorbed by The Cloud?
But back to bokeh. It's just as hard to get a consistent bokeh as it is to get accurate focus!

Soft Summer in the City from Filmersblog on Vimeo.

I plan to do some more experimenting with defocus using different lenses as it brings out the real characteristic of the glass. Some of the shots are like pointillism, a technique used in painting (I believe van Gogh used it before getting into the swirly style... which, by the way, looks a lot like the wild bokeh c-mount lenses often produce!) Some of the shots remind me of Fernando Botero's 'Fat Figures'. My wife just gets annoyed by this clip and 'wants to see what's going on.' I comfort myself with the notion that all great artists were once misunderstood... ;-)

I started a Vimeo group called Bokeh Bazar. "Dedicated to the pursuit of beautiful bokeh, the art of defocus and a platform to present failed footage as fine art." 

Equipment used:

Canon 550D/T2i
Vivitar Series 1, 70-210mm 3.5
LCD Fader ND mark II

1 comment:

  1. If I was you, I would sack the focus puller, he's way off.