I love the phrase ‘nice bokeh’. It’s a über nerdy photography thing to say. Bokeh is my favourite word from the whole world of photography. It’s from a Japanese word that concerns the aesthetic qualities of ‘the blur’ / out of focus region of a photograph. To really push the boundaries of bokeh, you need to make your depth of field (aka DOF – another rather splendid slice of photographic phrasing) as shallow as possible. This can be best achieved by opening the aperture of the lens as wide as possible. If it’s a good lens the focal point will be super sharp which looks amazing (in my humble opinion) when offset with good bokeh.
The (cult classic) Zuiko 1.8 super-fast prime 50mm lens that I was lucky enough to get with the (cult classic) Olympus OM10 35mm SLR I got for my birthday (thanks again Nanty Neena and Uncle Kerry!) is most excellent at achieving a shallow DOF, therefore, remarkable bokeh.
I shot a roll of Boots 200 as the first film. A film I’ve never used before. The film itself is quite nice – natural tones, very forgiving by the look of things, slightly thrifty on the saturation front though if anything.
I didn’t think too much about what I was actuallyh shooting which is usually a good thing. Very easy to use camera, solid, well built with a fantastic viewfinder (streets ahead of any other camera I’ve got, including my fairly high end but aging DSLR) and considering I don’t know the camera at all, I was very pleased with the results. I’m hoping it’s the start of many great adventures to come.