Glen, Bridgewater, Conneticut © Steven Willard

Glen, Bridgewater, Conneticut © Steven Willard

Here’s another of the Friday night regulars. I have the privilege of being a member of this group which meets to have a drink and talk about whatever topic happens to pop up. We try to avoid talking politics and religion, but anything else is fair game.

Glen was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and for a time for corporate clients. More recently he has been a building contractor specializing in “green” buildings.

Olympus OMD EM1 with 42.5mm f1.7 lens processed in Snapseed.

On May 1st Mike Johnston, webmaster of The Online Photographer blog, declared this little lens “The King of Bokeh”. Bokeh, for those who don’t know, is a Japanese term having to do with the study, and appreciation, of the different qualities of the out of focus rendering in photographs. Some lenses are highly prized for the regularity and smoothness of out of focus highlights for instance. I think this portrait of Glen offers a pretty good example. If this explanation seems sketchy you need to understand that whole books have been written on the topic. Leave it to the Japanese to exalt the characteristics of the fuzzy parts of the picture. It’s one of those things people don’t notice until they are shown the difference and then can’t not notice from then on.


2 comments on “Glen

  1. JohnAmes says:

    Bokeh AND Sepia! A wonderful portrait of someone who looks like a fine man. You should do more portraits.

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  2. Glen is indeed a fine individual with a great sense of humor which shows in this image. Thanks for your remark about portraits. I would like to do more, but it it is on the edge of my comfort zone with strangers and I only have a few friends. Perhaps if I can get up your way this summer I could add your to my list. The bokeh credit goes to the lens, the sepia treatment credit goes to Silver Efex Pro. For the record, this was done with available light which was a hanging globe about 9″ in diameter about two feet away, no fill other than what bounced off the wall on the left.


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