1-Elderberry iPhone 5s
Sword fern
2-Sword fern iPhone 5s
Patrick on base
3-Patrick on on the Gibson iPhone 5s

This weeks Weekly Photo Challenge was to create a  bokeh using rule of thirds, with it I finally was able to capture an images of the tiny elderberry florets that had often eluded me for years.  I went on to try out the technique  on a flaming sword fern on a hillside and my friend Patrick playing guitar in the late afternoon sun.

To Create a bokeh:For those of you shooting with a smartphone camera, you too can achieve a bokeh effect by bringing your phone close to your subject and selecting where you want your camera to focus. Simply compose your image in your screen, and tap your focal point.  You should see your camera autofocus on that area, and the background will fall into a blur. If it doesn’t focus, you’re a little too close. Hold your phone steady, and snap! Because of the nature of phone cameras, it won’t be as creamy of a

bokeh as you would get with a traditional camera, but it will still add depth to your image.

Part II

I used “wait for me” image in my class to demonstrate the how editing can change an image. A little girl catching up to her mom goes from a charming scene to something else with just a small amount of editing.

Wait for me 1
1-Wait for me iPad Air 2
2- Wait for me iPad Air 2
2- Wait for me iPad Air 2 Snapseed editing

Love hear what you think.

For more about Phoneography visit Sally’s Lens and Pens

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11 thoughts

  1. Carol, I really like the “wait for me” shot. Not sure which of the two I like best, although I’m tending toward the original, since the theme seems happy. I like Patrick’s photo, too.



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