Lauren Heerschap  

Poinsettia Crystals on Bubble by Lauren Heerschap

January 2022 - Poinsettia Crystals on Bubble

About the Image(s)

So what do photographers do when it is 20 degrees outside and there is 9 inches of snow on the ground? We photographed frozen ice crystals on bubbles! It was very fun. To do it, you need a bubble solution of 7:1 water to gycerin. We blew them on top of a table that had snow. Set up a flashlight through a Fresnell lens, and then you have about 5-10 seconds to watch the crystals form on the outside of the bubble as it freezes. I used a macro lens, set at 100 IS0, 60 mm, f2.8 at 1/320 sec. I photo stacked the shot in camera and then processed this in Lightroom, Photoshop and ON1 for sharpness and contrast dynamic range. Happy New Year!

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7 comments posted

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
Absolutely gorgeous. Fantastic. It is supposed to snow tomorrow. You have inspired me.   Posted: 01/06/2022 15:56:14

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
What an interesting challenge - I love the feathery ice crystals that forming on the bubble. Your choice of the purple background that worked very well.   Posted: 01/08/2022 03:17:14

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Good one! Definitely need to have the correct mixture with the right temperature.
Great job. I just wish our weather would cooperate so I could try it.
Very, very nice capture as it had to be quick. The crystals can form so rapidly.   Posted: 01/13/2022 11:06:36

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
A most creative way to arrive at the end result. The soft purple colors are beautiful against the white parts of the image. And I see a face in that bubble. Very well done!   Posted: 01/17/2022 16:39:37
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
My camera club agreed there was the face of a dog in the bubble. There were no dogs around at the time of the image, it is just weird.   Posted: 01/17/2022 16:42:31

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Very cool image and well done on your technique.
If it ever snows in FL I will have to try it.. LOL   Posted: 01/18/2022 12:00:40

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
A fine result for some creative photography.
I like the background.
Even the slight offset to one side works well.
Now i see the dog face, it adds another level.   Posted: 01/29/2022 22:28:23