Sometimes I like to make photos that offer an impression or a feeling or a dream, rather than producing as realistic a representation of a subject as possible. The above shot features a metal gate half-opened leading to an open air hallway through a building. I thought if I focused on the gate using my 50mm lens at a large aperture, the bokeh that composition and settings would produce would make for a very abstract "light at the end of the tunnel" kind of shot. If I had made this shot look as it did to my eyes, it would have been pretty boring. Instead, using a few simple photography shooting skills, a more interesting shot was produced that will make any viewer stop and wonder what is in the light at the end of this tunnel?
I offer no meaning for the photograph above. I can tell you it is of an ordinary scene, seen from another dimensional reality. It all depends on how you focus. How do you focus? How does it make you see reality?
Last week I wrote about using bokeh for a more creative background. This time my photography tip is to eliminate the foreground altogether and just make abstract shots using a bokeh filled background only.
Abstract bokeh background shot technique:
Any background light source can be used to produce bokeh. Strings of light are great to use and probably easy to find. However, if you are in an urban environment you can use the taillights of cars, or even the glow of an ATM machine like in the above shot.