Weekly challenge 3 – bubbles

I honestly thought I was not going to have one single photo to post this week because none of my experiments were working – and I experimented a LOT.

A while ago I though it would be cool to photograph couples playing with bubbles, so I bought a mixture at the supermarket and tried with some friends but it didn’t really work well. So, still having the mixture sitting around, “bubbles” was put as a possible subject to our assignments to see what we could come up with.

Photographing bubbles can be quite challenging because they pop very quick and you need minimal wind, colder temperatures, ideally a dark background and obviously good lighting. On top of that, using a wide angle lens is not exactly the best option, but that’s what I had to work with (the Tokina @ 11mm for the second week in a row).

Doing some research, I read that it’s best to make your own mixture and add glycerine so the bubbles last longer, and it’s also possible to put some food coloring to make them different. But what really caught my attention was that bubbles freeze, and you can do it at home even if you don’t live in a cold place. Well, guess what? I had to try!!

So I made my own mixtures: one with dishwashing liquid, one with hand washing liquid and one with black food coloring – but also bought a ready “extra thick solution” in case none of the others worked. My kitchen was basically transformed into a lab. Every night I would come home from work and try new things, new set ups and new formulas. And freeze them. COMPLETE FAILURE!!!!

It was very disappointing, but I haven’t given up. In our upcoming trip to Alaska this November, I’ll definitely brace the negative temperatures to make frozen bubbles, that’s for sure.

Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with what I achieved this week. Turns out I’m extremely proud with the results 🙂


Next time: BRIDGES!!



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