From the Japanese. It is a derogatory term usually applied to persons suffering from Alzheimer's disease. It is used to express an out-of-focus mind.
Originally Posted by c6h6o3
In photography circles it is used to describe the out-of-focus elements of a photograph either in terms of favorably or unfavorably.
I got this information from Mucan on the Contax Users list.
Weston probably never used the word "bokeh," but lens manufacturers and users have talked about the quality of the out-of-focus image since around the turn of the century (particularly in the age of soft focus lenses).
Oops, I didn't mean to suggest that Weston used the word bokeh, as he certainly did not, but I do remember his favorable mention of the heliar's rendering of out-of-focus areas. Apologies for any confusion...
This usenet post has some further information:
Last edited by felipemorgan; 02-16-2005 at 01:27 PM. Click to view previous post history.
I am a big fan of E. W. There is a great movie called, "The Photographer". You can get it off ebay from time to time on DVD or VHS. (that is where I got mine), anyhow it was made in the 50's I believe. Edward Weston is the main feature in the movie. It shows him setting up shots and has commentary on Weston's style etc.
As for the size camera he used. It seems to me that it was mostly 8x10 for landscapes and a Graflex 4x5 SLR for portraiture work. I have read many articals and books on Weston. He, (as far as I can tell), never made enlagements. He would do 8x10 contact printing and 4x5 cantact printing. Don't recall mention of a 2x3 camera. But, that does not mean it could not have been in use by him.
I used to have a book called "dark room" this had a section where his son was shown making prints in the same way his father had with bare light bulb and a contact printing frame. There were also some very cool things you can find at the Weston family web site email: email@example.com
Anyhow - Weston rocks!!!
Thanks & Peace
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