Please feel free to use this as a wallpaper if you fancy.
Suggester Says: A perfect title for an amazing photo. It definitely looks like a planet, but the forms and coulours really makes it look quiet amazing, and we don't come accross bubble photography that often... It's a good idea.
Dawn Over A Distant Planet by *AdamShepherd (
I have always fascinated with soap bubbles... I made some stay on a glass like that and would imagine the life of a planet... First bright and lively, then turning grey and fading away... And then popping... Exploding... I knew from the fist look it was a bubble and it took me back to those contemplative hours...
OK so this is pretty much amazing. Can you share the secret ? I'm wondering what lens you used for this, and also how did you get the bubble to stand out like that and take a photo fast enough without it popping...
I used a very standard macro lens, nothing fancy at all - it could easily be done with a standard lens and a closeup filter.
You can easily do this one at home if you fancy, here's a quick summary:
1) A glass 2) A straw (black if you can find one) 3) Some washing up liquid (and water) 4) A black piece of cloth or card at least as big as a pillow case (but ideally about half your height) 5) A tripod or something steady to rest your camera on 6) Any SLR camera 7) A light source (you can use a table-lamp shining through a sheet of paper a foot away from the light but close to the glass, or if you've got one, a flash with a soft box is even better)
Nice to have: 8) A way of setting the camera off without touching it (a remote cable is great, but you can just press the button if you don't have one) 9) A plate or tray to put the glass on so that the water doesn't go everywhere
How to set it up:
- Put the glass on a counter somewhere, hopefully on something that isn't very reflective - Hang/stand your black background a few feet behind the glass, angled so it's not directly facing you (that way the light bounces away from you) - Put water and washing up liquid inside the glass, filling it up to a centimetre below the rim - Add your straw - Move your tripod and camera so that you can get the kind of cropping I've got in the image - Focus in on the glass - try to use the straw to focus on, since it's nice and easy to see - Set your light up so that it's close to the bubble - this is actually the hardest bit and the one that will make or break the shot:
The softer your light is, the stronger the colours will be The bigger the surface of your light is, the wider the patch of colours will be If your light is too close, the heat will burst the bubbles
- Look through your camera again and make sure the light isn't in the shot - Slowly blow some bubbles through the straw - you want a few big ones rather than lots of small ones - Watch how long the bubbles stay there for - if they pop quickly, add more washing up liquid until they stay there for at least a few seconds - Take the shot!
That's really all there is to it; the first few might be a bit of a practice, but you'll get it quickly judging by your gallery.