As they say, you have to first unlearn to learn. Most of the bokeh photos have an anchor point for the focus, I blindly believed that anchor point is a must to get those de-focused bokeh rings.
Suddenly you realise that you are missing the fundamental truth about the bokeh, that is you need to have de-focused light source, that is all to it. Then taking the beautiful bokeh pictures reduces to the following simple steps.
- Set the biggest aperture
- Put the lens in manual focus mode
- De-focus on the light source, depends on the asthetics.
- Take pictures
Intersting light sources make interesting bokeh pictures, the above one is that of backlights of the vechicles stuck at traffic.