I have been side-pursuing boke panoramas for some time now, starting a few years ago with a funky portrait and a macro rose shot, and continuing from this spring, and I really like the results. I am still fairly inexperienced with it, I would say, although at this point I do have a decent but small collection of shots.
My quest is to find the lens/aperture/subject distance combination which gives the most interesting, large-format-like results. I currently use either Zeiss 100 MP or Nikkor 200/2 VR on my Nikon D3, and stitch in Autopano Pro or Photoshop CS4.
I am curious to hear about other people's experiences with this, what equipment they use, see their results, and generally chat about it.
Here is my first recent shot, which I called "Veil of Sharpness", due to the very thin and transparent region in focus. Nikon D3, 200/2 VR @ f/2.
P.S. my apologies to those who prefer spelling boke with 'h': my reason is that the 'h' isn't standard practice for translating Japanese into English, and was only done because most people otherwise mis-pronounce it to rhyme with "bloke" instead of bo-keh. See also Mike Johnston's original essay on this topic on LL.)
P.P.S. some guy out there by the name of Brenizer also started doing boke panoramas at some point a couple of years ago, and a bunch of people on Flickr who had never seen it before started calling it the "Brenizer Method". He originally said that he didn't invent it, which is true, but now he has changed his line and says that he has asked "thousands of people" if they had ever seen something like that before, and they answered no, so therefore he invented it. Someone ought to ask him if *he* has seen it before, to which the answer is yes, according to himself a couple of years ago.
P.P.P.S. I certainly didn't invent it either. My first was around 2007, although I had been thinking about it for some time before doing it, and Daniel Buck got there before me, and he had also seen it somewhere else before. Anyway, all it is is stitching with a large aperture, so no one invented it explicitly, except perhaps the first guy to stitch. We are talking old film days.