Focus on Manila at Night 6.12

Manila at Night 6.12

So this turned out to be a study for me in night city landscape photography. Manila is sprawling city leading to high-rise districts in a few different areas. Where I stayed for a bit with my friend Jules is Paranaque City south of the main business district (Makati). Jules owns a flat in a 12-story apartment building with a killer rooftop view. The distance is quite far (at least 10km) Makati from the vantage point but I wanted to see what would photo with my standard 18-55m lens. I realized that I was short for great detail zoom so I started with landscape shots. This lead me to experiment with my focus and zoom coming up with some interesting results. I’m sure I’m not the first to experiment with out-of-focus light shots but I was so intrigued by the patterns I kept shooting. After some post adjustment for contrast you’ll see the patterns jump nicely…maybe almost like a code? What do you see out-of-focus? JGrez

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So this turned out to be a study for me in night city landscape photography. But what I discovered is a wonderful Japanese form called “Bokeh.” What code do you see?