Posts by tag: soap bubbles

Soap Opera

Posted by Caz on Monday, 11th July 2011

I’m easily distracted from household chores, especially where the washing up is involved. So it was no surprise that I got sidetracked into photographing soap bubbles this evening. It’s a very simple setup:

Soap Bubbles setup - one softbox from the side

Soap Bubbles setup - one softbox from the side

I started off with a small glass full of water, and added plenty of washing up liquid. Bubbles were blown in this with a straw, producing a rather nice head.

Once again, I’m using 1/200s shutter speed, ISO 200 and an aperture of f/20. Without flash, this gave a black frame. The bubbles were lit from one side, very close, by my DIY sotftbox @ 1/32. I had my macro lens on manual focus and shot in hand rather than on a tripod – I was able to react much more quickly to the rapidly changing (and popping!) bubble structures. The low flash power meant the exposure was very short, (of the order of 1/20,000s) so I didn’t have any worries about hand-holding the camera.

Here is a small selection of the best images:

Soap Spheres

Soap Spheres

Underground, Overground

Underground, Overground

Bubble Study

Bubble Study

Soap Film Abstract

Soap Film Abstract

Compared to my recent water splash images, these are pretty easy to take technically, you just have to watch the bubbles carefully and see what’s interesting. My favourite made it for Day #1288.