Both photos by *Cinnamon (Cindy Loughridge),
taken with the Sigma 24mm ƒ/1.8.
I've been researching the Sigma 24mm ƒ/1.8 EX DG etc. etc. lens lately, and, as usual when I indulge in this sort of thing, have been discovering new photographers. Bokeh is one thing you can actually get a feel for in images online, sort of (sharpening distorts the picture sometimes). These shots, from *Cinnamon on flickr, who turns out to be a San Francisco wedding, portrait, and lifestyle pro (and self-professed "bokeh lover"—me too) named Cindy Loughridge, struck me as having particularly nice, and well-judged, bokeh.
Is it just me, or are photographers in general getting a little carried away with the bokeh these days? I know I helped start it, but it seems to me that too often, we see bokeh indiscrimatinely applied—many times I seem to see pictures taken at too wide an aperture, so that the parts that ought to be sharp aren't, even. And, just as often, shots where the bokeh just doesn't look good, which the photographer seems unaware of. Every effect needs to be applied judiciously, with sensibility and restraint. Enough with the widest-possible-aperture-all-the-time look already—except when the photographer knows what she's doing, as here. Maybe I'm just being curmudgeonly again.
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