The terminal -h, absent in the romanization boke, is a pronunciation guide so that it is not pronounced as /boʊk/ as it would be under standard English orthography. Contrast karate and karaoke, which have undergone sound changes.
The term has been used since at least 1996, with the spelling bokeh introduced by editor Mike Johnston in the March–April 1997 issue of Photo Techniques magazine, Johnston writing “it is properly pronounced with bo as in bone and ke as in Kenneth, with equal stress on either syllable”.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbəʊ.kə/, /ˈbəʊˌkeɪ/
- (US, General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈboʊ.kə/, /ˈboʊˌkeɪ/
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- Hyphenation: bo‧keh
- (photography) A subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of an image projected by a camera lens.
- 2010, Charlotte K. Lowrie, “Exploring Canon Lenses and Accessories”, in Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D Digital Field Guide, Indianapolis, Ind.: Wiley Publishing, →ISBN, page 186:
- The quality of the out-of-focus area in a wide-aperture image is called bokeh, originally from the Japanese word boke, pronounced bo-keh, which means fuzzy. In photography, bokeh reflects the shape and number of diaphragm blades in the lens, and that determines, in part, the way that out-of-focus points of light are rendered in the image. Bokeh is also a result of spherical aberration that affects how the light is collected. Although subject to controversy, photographers often judge bokeh as being either good or bad. Good bokeh renders the out-of-focus areas as smooth, uniform, and generally circular shapes with nicely blurred edges. Bad bokeh, on the other hand, renders out-of-focus areas with polygonal shapes, hard edges, and with illumination that creates a brighter area at the outside of the disk shape.
- 2014, Bob Davis, Dawn Davis, “Blackhawks Fans: The Back Story, Posing, Lighting and Lens Selection, Colleagues”, in We’re Engaged!: Photographing Vibrant and Joyful Portraits of the Happy Couple, Buffalo, N.Y.: Amherst Media, →ISBN, pages 102–103:
- Shooting with natural light, I used a long lens (200mm) to compress the space and slightly blur the background by photographing at a large open aperture (f/2.5). This resulted in gorgeous bokeh, putting the city into a blur while keeping the couple razor sharp.
- ^ Harold M. Merklinger (March–April 1997), “A Technical View of Boke”, in Photo Techniques (reproduced on The Luminous Landscape website), archived from the original on 2016-12-22.
- ^ Mike Johnston (4 April 2004), “Bokeh in Pictures”, in The Luminous Landscape, archived from the original on 2015-01-03.
bokeh (plural bokeh-k)
|Inflection (stem in long/high vowel, back harmony)|
possessive - singular
possessive - plural
|Possessive forms of bokeh|
|possessor||single possession||multiple possessions|
|1st person sing.||bokeh-m||bokeh-im|
|2nd person sing.||bokeh-d||bokeh-id|
|3rd person sing.||bokeh-ja||bokeh-i|
|1st person plural||bokeh-nk||bokeh-ink|
|2nd person plural||bokeh-tok||bokeh-itok|
|3rd person plural||bokeh-juk||bokeh-ik|
bokeh or bokèh
- (photography) bokeh, a subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of an image projected by a camera lens.
- “bokeh” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia, Jakarta: Language Development and Fostering Agency — Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic Indonesia, 2016.