Henry Heerschap  


Frozen Bubbles by Henry Heerschap

January 2022 - Frozen Bubbles

January 2022 - Henry Heerschap

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About the Image(s)

We got hit with a rare December snow storm in the Seattle area Christmas night followed by unusually cold temperatures that got down into the teens. Seattle rarely sees temps below the upper 20s. It pretty well paralyzed the region for most of the week between Christmas and New Years, so I was looking for photo projects. I had seen other people's work with bubbles in subfreezing temperatures so I decided to give it a try, more or less following Don Komarechka's process outlined in his recent book on macro photography. We have a small table out on the back patio that was covered with snow, so I sculpted out a space to put the bubbles. I took a strong LED flashlight and attached it to a tripod, shining it through a MagMod MagBeam to concentrate the beam onto the bubble. I used a macro lens to get it close. I got several bubbles with interesting color, but I really liked the pattern on this one and decided it could really benefit from processing to monochrome.
Processed in Lightroom classic and photoshop.
Sony A7R IV, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 500, f/16, 1/250 second. Shot handheld in 20 degree weather.


6 comments posted




Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
"What is it?" is one of our camera club's monthly themes, this image would be a prize winner.   Posted: 01/03/2022 13:21:16
Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Thanks, Allen. One of the things I love about macro is the ability to stump people about what the image is. That's a great idea about making it a monthly theme. I'll pass that along to our directors.   Posted: 01/03/2022 14:45:06



Peter Hornbostel   Peter Hornbostel
We've tried here in Germany a lot with bubbles - the temperature has been about -5C. You must act very quick before they are bursting. Taken with a flashlight is a new component. In case that I will see snow again in my life I would try it too. Very good picture, Henry! Congrats!
  Posted: 01/11/2022 16:30:34
Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Thanks, Peter. The trick with the bubbles is the glycerin content. Glycerin makes the bubble last longer, but too much has an antifreeze effect. As it happened, I had a bottle of bubble solution concentrate on hand for when the grandchildren come over. The normal ratio is one part concentrate to ten parts water. I mixed it one to seven and that worked well. The bubbles lasted a few minutes and still froze up.
I got the concentrate at Amazon here in the US.   Posted: 01/11/2022 17:57:50
Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Thanks, Peter. The trick with the bubbles is the glycerin content. Glycerin makes the bubble last longer, but too much has an antifreeze effect. As it happened, I had a bottle of bubble solution concentrate on hand for when the grandchildren come over. The normal ratio is one part concentrate to ten parts water. I mixed it one to seven and that worked well. The bubbles lasted a few minutes and still froze up.
I got the concentrate at Amazon here in the US.   Posted: 01/11/2022 17:57:51



Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Very interesting and very creative. I have no suggestions.   Posted: 01/15/2022 06:25:59



 

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