Here is a Wallpaper for your Smart Phones, Paris in Swirly Bokeh.
Original size; and SOOC
I’m heading now to Greece; a quick vacation, a Photographer needs :)
Happy Shooting :)
Taking somehow a break from Photography projects, and uploading some of the photos I took during my last trip to the US!
You can check ’em out, over here.
Anyways, I received an email this early morning that one of my photos has been chosen (as a cover for a Flickr Group).
My Swirly Bokeh Photo – SOOC
That feels good! :-)
Finally I got it! I’ve been experimenting lately on how to accomplish the best Swirliness out of a camera, and then I found a way to create that “Swirly Bokeh” on an iPhone!
I’m happy with the results so far.. :)
The problem is I cannot get “less” swirliness, but I manage to get “Sharpness” at the center.
Here are some of the photos I took today, at Multnomah Waterfalls:
What do you think? Share your thoughts.. and I’m still experimenting :)
Searching, studying, and experimenting on how “Swirly Bokeh” (aka Cat’s Eye Effect) form, it’s been two days and now I can conclude what I’ve found.
Swirly Bokeh (Cat’s eye effect); because the Bokeh is making a circular shape.
I will list the “recipe” as points, so you can understand easily (of I what I’ve read, and experienced):
- You need Bokeh in the background, so that you’ll be able to see the “Swirl” effect (e.g. Keyboard, Grass, Bokeh of light coming between the leaves)
- If the background is plain, lined, or lacks Bokeh then you’ll never have it (e.g. background is PC Screen, Walls)
- Stick to focus range between 0.6 to 1 (if you go 0.5 or more than 1 you’ll hardly see it; you don’t get so close, and you don’t keep a big distance)
This list contains some of the lenses that can produce that “Swirly Bokeh“: *references below
- Helios 40-2
- Helios 44 F2 (Any Helios 44)
- Helios 44M (I have Helios 44M-4)
- Helios Cyclops 85mm F1.5
- Helios Cyclops 85mm F1.2
- Minolta MC Rokkor PF 50mm F1.7
- Ziess Biotar 75/1.5
- and others… But these are the famous ones, especially (Helios, made in USSR – Zenit cameras)
If you do not want to buy any lens, then try this Hack/Mod: (I didn’t test it)
Let me first start with what I’ve found (by experimenting), then I will list some websites that I’ve read about this kind of Bokeh.
Focusing at 0.6
Focusing at ~1
Focusing at 0.5 (no Swirl, or hardly noticed)
Now, if you want to learn more I suggest you read these references that I’ve found while searching:
That’s pretty much it, after I had experimented.. I need to sleep..
Happy shooting! :)