Bob, the Ritts photo was not a conscious inspiration though I never underestimate the power of unconscious inspirations! I believe I'm very much influenced by all the art and photography I've looked at, whether I remember it vividly or at all or am thinking about it at any given time. That's a big part of my view that art and photography are shared, a kind of dialogue over the ages among artists, photographers, practitioners, and viewers, forming a sort of chain of connection among all of us who participate. Sorry, getting a bit afield from bokeh. One of the things I tend not to like about out of focus backgrounds (which certainly have their place and times and can be very effective in many instances) is when they seem to stifle what I often see as greater potential in keeping the background somewhat or completely in focus. There's often a lot of story in a background. And subjects interacting with as opposed to completely standing out from their surroundings can be rich and layered whereas, in many cases, a subject shot against bokeh and a strongly blurred background can seem much more one-dimensional to me. Of course, it depends on the particular photo and I'm not developing any sort of rule. It's more just something I've noticed in looking at a lot of photos. I find a lot of photos not realizing their full potential because of depth of field choices.