How did I get this effect? They're called bokeh balls, but for all I know there may also be other names. It's a fun effect with Christmas lights.
I opened the aperture (IOW, made the lens hole as wide as I could) then I focused on a close object. I kept the shutter button half depressed while I recomposed the photo. That mean the focus was still locked on something close, and therefore, the far away lights of the tree were thrown way out of focus.
You will probably need an actual camera to really make this work. Because you can't control the aperture in a phone camera (at least in none that I know of), you can't get the background that far out of focus. You should be able to get some blur, but nothing like this.
I also have a few photos of the party that Sue took on here phone, and I promise that will be the end of the tree party for another year.
JJ and me early on. Unplanned, we were both wearing our team's logo.
When Danica got home from work Sue wanted a picture of the cutie in the hat that she wears to work, and I had to get a photo with her. In addition to the hat, she must also wear a net over her hair because she cuts fruit and veggies all day. I never though of this until now.
And here are two of mom's smocked balls, hanging in the tree.
I think that will do for the tree party, but fair warning, there's a hockey game tonight.