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Frozen Soap Bubbles

What do you do when you want to take pictures but the temps are below zero and you want to stay close to home?  Try this fun creative winter photo project.  If you search the net, you will find many different recipes to make soap bubbles that freeze into beautiful creative objects.

Frozen Soap Bubble Recipe

A recipe that I used to start my recipe is located here.

I substituted glycerine for corn syrup since I had glycerine and had no future need for corn syrup.  I did experiment with brown and white sugar and each one created an interesting look.

My first mixture didn’t freeze as hoped but it did create an interesting pattern of colors – I vote for the brown sugar and glycerine combination.

Using the Olympus E-M1MarkII and 60 mm macro, this is what the surface of the bubble look like as it attempted to freeze but instead swirled around creating beautiful patterns.  Maybe I had too much glycerine in the mix?

Colorful Soap Bubble

 

 

Frozen Soap Bubble Success

I tried a few different combinations of bubble mixes and lights but the wind was too strong carrying them away before they froze and or I didn’t like the way the lights illuminated the bubble. Then I decided to put the bubbles on top of our frozen pool. This idea proved successful since it seemed the soap bubble ‘stuck’ to the frozen snow on the pool cover. I used the setting sun to backlight the frozen bubble and the snow reflected light creating amazing patterns.  Again, I used the Olympus E-M1MarkII and 60 mm macro and was able to get an interesting set of freezing lines in the soap bubble. Although this was a similar mixture to the first image, the colors didn’t pop but created a muted look with fun lines and swirls.

Frozen Bubble

The temps were in the single digits but I think the amount of glycerine and sugar in the mix caused it to not freeze too fast but when it did, it was ‘solid’.

I continued experimenting with mixtures including coloring which ruined the mix causing no bubbles to create – what a messy, sticky solution 😐 I think the mixture will be on the pool cover until the spring thaw.

After tossing that mix, I used a mixture of dish soap, glycerine, and white sugar. The temps dropped below zero degrees F and the winds were over ten MPH.  I couldn’t sleep and was up around 0200 but went back to sleep thinking of what to do to ‘protect’ the fragile soap bubble (and my body).  Tis was not a good situation for being outside so I set-up shop in an area near our house which was still freezing (my mixture froze while in the container) but protected from the winds.

Using miniature toys for props in your frozen soap bubble images

It was then that I decided to use some of the miniature items I often use in macro work but never considered for frozen bubbles.

The pedestal was my first choice and I backlit the image by bouncing a strobe off a paper backdrop created from a summer image. Using a straw to ensure the bubble ‘landed’ where I wanted it, I took many images but the one when the frozen bubble started collapsing was my favorite.  (I might edit the others and post in the future – maybe when its 100 degrees out and folks are stating it is too cold 😀 .)

 

Bubble on pedestal – Collapsed

For this image, I used the Olympus 30 mm macro (which I believe is a sleeper lens) and had lots of fun. Using pocket wizards to trigger an off-camera flash, I bounced light into the backdrop and lit the scene.

Settings were –  f/4.5 1/30 second and ISO 200. Handheld.

Frozen in time! Be creative with your photography!

As I was ‘playing’, I couldn’t decide how to utilize a miniature chair and then it dawned on me to try reflections. I place the chair very close to the front of the bubble and using the Olympus 30 mm macro, I was able to create this fun image. No, the chair isn’t ‘Photoshopped’ in and the combination of two LED lights created the dimension to the scene. I had an LED headlight positioned to camera right and an LED panel light, camera left.

Frozen in Time – Chair in Frozen Soap Bubble

 

If the weather stays this cold, I will continue to play and post more images. Watch my Facebook and Instagram feed for more tips, tricks, and images.

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Think different!

Make the world a better place.

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Inside Red Macro Photography

Focus Stacking | Inside a red flower

I bought this flower at a local flower shop along with a few other flowers but this flower was not open and presented little to photograph. However, after a few days of sitting in the container, it opened and I couldn’t pass it up as a candidate for focus stacking.

This image is a combination of five images focused from back to front then combined in Helicon Focus. I used the Olympus OMD E-M1MarkII and the Olympus 60mm macro lens. The water drops are a combination of water and glycerin sprayed on the flower to create dimension. Although the E-M1MarkII has IBIS, I use a tripod when doing focus stacking. It makes it easier for me to compose and reduces camera shake when I need to go to a slower shutter speed.

Some post processing work done in Photoshop and Topaz labs.

 


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Dedication | Flower Sunburst

Dedication | Talent is cheap but dedication is expensive. Dedicate your life to a dream worth living and it becomes a reality.

| Technical – Get Olympus #E-M1MarkII Olympus 30 mm macro f/6.3 1/15 second ISO 200 MeFOTO tripod slight painterly effect with Topaz Labs Impressions 2

 

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Macro Photography and a different look

Alien or Bird of Prey

Alien or bird of prey?

 

Your photography is an extension of you and what you see in life. What I really like about macro and close-up photography is it reveals a world that too often we miss or ignore. This is a very close image of an orchid. When looking at this with the ‘naked’ eye, this look doesn’t automatically jump out at you. However, when viewing through a macro lens, the image takes on a different look which is fun and exciting.

Have fun with your photography and journey in life!

Enjoy photography, life, and the world we live in!

Life, love, laughter!

Technical info

Olympus E-M1MarkII | 60 MM Macro Lens | Kenko Extension tubes | f/5 – 1/8 second – ISO 200 | Manfrotto Tripod

 

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Create art – look for lines and fun

Often I am called corny because I attempt to find humor in most aspects of life and I do the same when I am creating art.  In these two images, there is a face looking at you and as the saying goes, “The camera looks both ways”.   In the first image, the water drops were in a position that when created a ‘face’ and the lines of the rose accented the look.  In the second image, I was taking pictures of the ‘details’ when I wanted to have some fun and placed the necklace and earrings in a manner that created a smiling face to go along with the wedding day.

Have fun in life, laugh, love, and make art that will bring a smile to others.

Create art, make others laugh, be a powerful influence in the world with your art!

 

Create art, share  your art, and make others smile!

Share your work on social media but don’t forget to print your work and make others feel the warmth.  Print a series of cards and when you know someone that needs a tender word, send them one of your printed cards and give them a chance to laugh and smile again.

Olympus E-M1MarkII

Notice the face looking back

Life is too short to frown


Technical Detail Rose Image

Olympus E-M1MarkII | Olympus 60mm macro – FF Equiv = 120mm | f/4.5 1/80 second ISO 200 | MeFoto Tripod

 

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” Charles Dickens

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Age and its beauty!

Age and its beauty!

This is a flower that I kept on the window to dry out. I love the textures and look that age gave it. It is photographed with multiple LED lights using the Olympus OMD E-M1MarkII and the Olympus 60 mm macro lens.

 

 

“Do not regret growing older, it is a privilege denied to many.”

“Youth is a gift but age is a work of art.”

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