When talking about photography, English doesn’t quite cut it, but as it turns out, Japanese does. They have a word for everything. I just learned “Komorebi. It means sunlight filtering through the leaves of trees,” and by extension, the natural filtering of light through anything.
It’s just the word I’ve needed. I’ve been chasing that light for more than 50 years.
Bokeh is my previously learned favorite Japanese photographic term. It defines something difficult to say in English: “Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of blur in the out-of-focus areas of an image produced by a lens.” That soft background in a portrait or any other closeup. How much bokeh you get in a picture depends on the lens you use and how close you are working to the item you photographed.
I’m sure there are more great, but this is my vocabulary lesson for now.