I’ve been reading and exploring something called “bokeh.” Essentially, bokeh is Japanese word that describes the out of focus areas of a photograph. This is usually created by using a camera and lens combination with a large aperture and a longer focal length. This effect can also be achieved using photoshop and a plugin from Alien Skins. Here’s some results of some of my testing. The cool thing is that you can change the type of bokeh for different types of lenses.
No bokeh – standard image
With the AS bokeh filter