- Canon EOS 7D mounted on a tripod with 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM lens, RF-602TX wireless transmitter on the hotshoe and remote cable release. Manaul exposure mode with ISO 100, 1/200s @ f/14 (giving a blank frame without flash), and manual focus on Dai’s nose!
- One YN560 to camera right on gorillapod with long DIY snoot, set to 1/32 power pointing across the frame to light the bubbles – triggered via RF-602RX receiver.
- One YN560 to camera right with short DIY snoot, set to 1/128 power pointing diagonally at Dai – triggered via RF-602RX receiver.
- Black background card, and white reflector card at 110° (to avoid excess light spill on background).
- Bubbles blown across frame from left, almost directly down the long snoot (or aiming for Dai’s nose).
- A willing model sitting on a couple of tupperware pots to give him the right height.
I took quite a few shots, but nowhere near as many as the smoke. I got one where Dai’s paw was popping a bubble (mid-break) and another where there was a shower of tiny droplets after a burst. To fill the frame, I composited several shots to together to get the final image.
Because the bubbles were on a black background, I used the Screen blending mode to layer them on top of the background image, thus giving the final masterpiece: