Peter Newman  

Lady in a Bubble by Peter Newman

September 2020 - Lady in a Bubble

September 2020 - Peter Newman


About the Image(s)

Nikon D800, Nikon 28-300, 1/400 sec @ f11. ISO 8063.
When I go to a fair, or carnival, I try to look for something different. I like to keep my IO and shutter speed on the high side. Although others may feel differently, For the type of shooting I like to do at these events, the high ISO is not an issue with this camera. I will trade noise, for an image 24/7.
At a Renaissance fair I noticed the young lady demonstrating the bubble blowers & soap she was selling. I felt that the shot of her blowing bubbles was too postardish, but had some potential for something. I cropped the bubble from the original, the blower from another image. After fooling around to enhance the bubble, and lowering her opacity, the result is what you see. At one point I was thinking of making the bubble into pastel colors. What do you guys think?

5 comments posted

Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
Well, I am a "color Person" so I rather like the color in this. I like the black Background because it really highlights the shape and colour.
I'm not sure if you need the "back" part of the bubble because the front shape is interesting in itself.
Perhaps giving it a bit more background on the left would centre it better.   Posted: 09/09/2020 01:07:04
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Thanks, You are right about needing more room on the left. more room on the left. I also noticed that I was too sloppy with my selection of the lower part of the bubble.   Posted: 09/09/2020 18:15:41

Joan Field   Joan Field
I'm sorry to say I don't see the lady in the bubble. The bubble alone is quite creative as by just looking at it, you're not sure how it arose. I like the more enriched colors, rather than pastels. The bubble itself seems like some kind of strange insect, with the head parts in the upper right. I wonder if that could be capitalized upon to make it even more so.   Posted: 09/19/2020 18:28:18
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Joan, Thank you for your comment. Despite the title, I did not intend for the image to be a portrait of the bubble blower, so I distorted most of her face to fit inside the bubble. In the upper right of the bubble you can barely see her lips.

Your comment about possibly using the upper right of the bubble as an insect is a concept that I had not thought of. I will definitely use it in the future.   Posted: 09/20/2020 16:45:14

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Peter, I quite like the amorphous shape of the bubble in which I can see all sorts of things, drawing on my own life experiences. It is also very much a case of I see what I want to see. The colours, shapes and abstract patterns work for me.   Posted: 09/20/2020 15:23:49


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