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8th January 2013, 06:36 AM
As a result of a "no-show" from a model at our studio group last night I had the chance to play with some macro soap bubble photography last night using the 60mm macro lens (something I have not had a chance to have a serious go at yet with digital photography and last shot for my R&D work some 40 years ago!)

The bubbles were side lit using a snoot on a single flash-head and I was working in manual setting with manual focus off the tripod, ISO 200 with f14 and 1/200th sec.

The colours are the result of diffraction of the light from the thinning bubble membranes not the use of a polarising filter and the swirly patterns are caused by the liquid draining from the membranes as they thin down before rupturing as the foam collapsed.

Now I've remembered the techniques I plan to do more and better shots but what do you think so far?




(My wife and I see insects in images #1 & 3, how about you?)

8th January 2013, 09:36 AM
Very interesting set of shots Brian. Yes I can definitely see insects, in all of them in fact.

8th January 2013, 12:08 PM
Brian and Jon, if you send me some of the "Juice" you have been drinking I shall probably see insects too :)

I lurve these images :) great idea :)

8th January 2013, 12:12 PM
Thanks Chevvy and Jon - don't drink the nice green potion whatever you do - it will make you foam at the mouth! :)

(I've been playing growing giant bubbles on a CD this morning, just need to find some shiny black glass or perspex and I will be off again )

8th January 2013, 01:00 PM
To join in the fun, here is one of my bubbles from holiday


8th January 2013, 02:06 PM
I just want the 60mm macro lens!!!!

8th January 2013, 02:37 PM
I'm sorry - you can't have it, its mine! :D

11th January 2013, 05:13 PM
I've been taking this quite a bit further, including shooting more bubble groups and single bubbles as planetary atmosphere images (I've made a vidoe of the planet as well)




and the vid is here


11th January 2013, 07:21 PM
Wow, I can certainly see insects in the first set. The last picture makes me think of Jupiter, probably because of the spot. :)

11th January 2013, 07:32 PM
Great art :)

Phill D
11th January 2013, 10:34 PM
The first set were interesting but I can't see the insects myself. Obviously need to step up from the red wine!
The second set though just wow!!! absolutely stunning effects, those I really like well done and a great video too.

Bluegrass Jim
11th January 2013, 10:41 PM
Great photos Brian, I particularly like the planet ones.

12th January 2013, 05:01 AM
I have just spotted the work by a master in this "art" of creating bubble Planets, Jason Toser who has progressed it to an amazing degree (I knew I couldn't be the first).

Have a look at these:


(and I see there are many comments at the bottom about who really started this genre, I am but an egg! http://www.ephotozine.com/images/emoticons/smiley.gif )

My god, look at the kit he uses, no wonder they are so good:

Tozer tells us that he uses a Hasselblad 503CW and a 135mm macro lens mounted on a set of extension bellows. The camera is equipped with a 65-megapixel PhaseOne digital back. He also made a huge 23-meter perspex dome for the lighting

Phill D
12th January 2013, 07:49 AM
Brian honestly I prefer yours.
Keep up the good work.

Ulfric M Douglas
28th February 2014, 06:49 PM
Hello, thread from the start of last year.
You give me an excuse to not start a new one.

Today we had enough sunshine and dryness to go and play in the garden.

e-P2 mZuiko 45mm at F1.8 : the bubble is in the process of being popped!
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Bubbles2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/70411)

e-600 40-150MkII
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Bubbles8.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/70414)

28th February 2014, 07:00 PM
The bubble framing in that second one is ace.

28th February 2014, 08:05 PM
WoW ! CRACKIN bubbles :)