Lauren Heerschap  


Rainbow Bubble by Lauren Heerschap

January 2022 - Rainbow Bubble

About the Image(s)

This is the result of some fun experiments with snow, light through a fresnell lens, and a macro lens. It is a soap bubble that is starting to freeze. Taken with my Olympus using photo stacking at ISO 100, 60mm macro lens at f 6.3, we used a bubble solution of 7:1 water to glycerin. The crystals of the snow “grew” inside the bubble. I also have a photo in group 79 where ice crystals formed on the outside of the bubble like leaves or poinsettias. This was processed in ON1 for dynamic range, and in Lightroom for contrast. It was very cold but fun!


11 comments posted




Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Lauren, I'm envious as I've wanted to try frozen bubbles but it's rarely cold enough here in Delaware/Pennsylvania. Nicely done. The bubble sphere seems to emerge from the icey surround. The color reflections counterpoint the white coldness well. How long do the color reflection last in the cold? My experience with bubbles in 70F indoors had the color dropping out in less than a minute. Karl   Posted: 01/07/2022 11:15:58



Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Lauren, this is such a cool image. It reminds me of a snow globe. The rainbow effect give the bubble just the right amount of pop (pardon the pun.). I might be tempted to bring down the brightness on the lower left a little to keep focus on the snow inside the bubble. I have to agree with Karl that trying this indoors isn't a viable option - I've tried. Florida doesn't lend itself to this type of photography.
Nice image!
  Posted: 01/09/2022 07:05:30
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Thanks. I posted another bubble in group 27, it was further in the experiment with frozen crystals. I wish we were in Florida now that the mountain passes are closed and Seattle turned to icy frozen slush. I suppose you could try something in an ice rink!   Posted: 01/09/2022 10:00:49



Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
That bubble is traveling through the cosmos. Wonderful depth and mystery. Masterful technique. Thanks for introducing me to the fresnell lens. How large was the bubble? The ice formation in this image is so different from the one you posted in group 27. Fascinating. Have you any guess why the two differed? I see a duck with a long yellow beak looking back over his shoulder just to the right of the top of the bubble. The more I peer into this world the more I see.   Posted: 01/10/2022 19:16:12
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
The bubble was about 1.5 inches. The color didn't last long. I think the difference between the two bubbles was the bubble solution. The later ones we used a 10:1 bubble concentrate that we mixed at 7 parts water to 1 part bubble solution, which is stronger than what the concentrate calls for. It has to be a concentrate. You also have to have at least 20 degrees below. I am having so much fun with what people see in these bubbles! Thanks Judith. Last night my photo club saw a dog in the other one!!   Posted: 01/11/2022 14:40:40
Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Very cool!! Don Komarechka has great videos on the technique. His bubble recipe uses soap detergent water and white corn syrup. His images resemble your beautiful leaves image.   Posted: 01/11/2022 15:39:00



Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Also, a friend asked me if it would work to use his freezer. I don't think so...but I wonder what his wife will think as he is trying to photograph in a freezer...LOL...
  Posted: 01/11/2022 14:42:33



Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Also, a friend asked me if it would work to use his freezer. I don't think so...but I wonder what his wife will think as he is trying to photograph in a freezer...LOL...
  Posted: 01/11/2022 14:42:35



Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
I'm staggered by this, especially as a real sucker for anything purple. While I don't understand how you did this, I could stare at the result for hours...it takes me to dreamland!   Posted: 01/17/2022 20:19:01



Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
I'm staggered by this, especially as a real sucker for anything purple. While I don't understand how you did this, I could stare at the result for hours...it takes me to dreamland!   Posted: 01/17/2022 20:19:02



Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
I'm staggered by this, especially as a real sucker for anything purple. While I don't understand how you did this, I could stare at the result for hours...it takes me to dreamland!   Posted: 01/17/2022 20:19:04



 

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