I'm trying to get some bokeh using a compact (almost premium) camera, a Nikon Coolpix p300 (although the question is general).
Since the camera hasn't got a manual focus option, I'm trying to use the macro mode to lock the focus on a close subject and then keep it locked for the "real" shot. But no matter how close I lock the focus to, I can't get the bokeh. When I autofocus on the actual subject though, I see that during the focusing process the bokeh appears. How can I get the right focus setting?
Here is an example of the scene I'm trying on:
The light poles must be at about 40-50 m distance.
I also tried with a close subject in the frame, when I see the bokeh also the foreground is blurred. Can it be that I get more blur when focusing at infinite?