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Dawn Over A Distant Planet by AdamShepherd Dawn Over A Distant Planet by AdamShepherd
What's down on the planet?



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Given 2011-05-15
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 ( Featured by Kaz-D )
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DameSilu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooooow ! Oh my ! That's wonderful !!!

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...

Thank you a thousand times for this flashback !!!
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16sweety Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
great work.. its super fascinating
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Arichy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! You've been featured here: [link]

Thank you!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Beautiful work. Congratulations to the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
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Iz0x0Iz Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Great job, looks almost exactly like the bubble photography I've done
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xmusic-is-my-escapex Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Wow. Is this a bubble?
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:iconsilverzeo:
SilverZeo Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist
Interesting...
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djwagLmuffin Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know what this reminds me of? The movie "the Fountain" they used these...chemical compounds to create the effects for the movie and...this looks like it could have been one them; pretty awesome!

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Paipuru Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Congrats on a DD, dude!
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:iconcat-gray-and-me78:
cat-gray-and-me78 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Looks like a drop of oil and water seen through a microscope.
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cat-gray-and-me78 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Looks like a drop of oil and water seen through a microscope.
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
:iconkirkplz::iconsaysplz:Analysis Spock?
:iconspockplz::iconsaysplz:Atmosphere consists of highly pressurized water vapor & various hydrocarbon compounds that on 21st Century Earth would be referred to as "Petroleum"!
:iconkirkplz::iconsaysplz:The Arabs would have loved it!
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:iconpermeniska:
Permeniska Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of a funky disco ball. :P Lovely!
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:iconibinked:
IBinked Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wonder what the weather's like down there :D
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IBinked Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
COOL!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seems like I'm not the only one who has likened bubbles to planets. Especially how in real life their swirls move around like weather systems :omg: Great colours too :clap:
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ProjectENDO Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Filmographer
That looks like a spaceship! Where we goin', Mars?
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Exoplanet-2049 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this is gorgeous! I like how it looks like a photograph. You can tell it's truly a gas giant. :)
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sunshine81795 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore this
just thought I'd mention that..
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Anime-Angelz Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought the thumbnail was a close-up of a scoop of ice cream LOL
Great picture though ahahahha
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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Awesome look! :wow: However,the planetīs surface look like almost fluid... :hmm: Down here would demand a special spaceship! :nod:
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Hardvaro Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
how did you do this o.o?
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Jade-Kitten Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Simply beautiful x
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Doug-Howard Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of my favourite sci-fi novels -- thought it was a painting at first. Brilliant exploration, amazingly captured. :)
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Lantis-Erin Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! :clap:
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Arthuria99 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student General Artist
This is amazing
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The-Bloody-Fedora Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist
:clap:
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ZIM402 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
soap?
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bluenova25 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
lol, the lava lamp planet:iconbond70: :D
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RadenWA Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student General Artist
It looks like a bubble with oil pastels flowing on its surface.
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RJBuelow Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful
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JustinDeRosa Featured By Owner May 15, 2011   Photographer
the goo from portal 2 :P
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sillycanadianwriter Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
OH YES.
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
OMG Totaly amazing and pretty original !!
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Shen-fn-Woo Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I know what's down on the planet..........


.....penis.
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hail-the-oblivious Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
penis planet - where penis grows on trees
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Achimstyle Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional
You did a brilliant job!
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Awesome photo!
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amidarosa Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
wow what did you use to make the bubble??
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bunnybunny4 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AT first i thought it was chocolate ice cream!! LOLZ! :P
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xoruhtra Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:wow: I'm in awe! This is so beautiful... the subject and execution are amazing! The title fits the work so well. :thumbsup:
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Jenniferlover Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderfull!
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy smokes, what is this a photo of?
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ombre-blanche Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
xD well well well it worked ^^ I never thought suggesting a DD would work. My way of saying thanks Adam ;-)
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sv7who Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
stunning
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PageviewsFORpointss Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Lovely!
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mochi-kaabii Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Wow. That is amazing.
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dreamer07079 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
a totally awesome shot!! i love the reflection int he bottom right corner. it almost looks like planetary rings. very cool.
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ombre-blanche Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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...

So yeah well done... Very good photo...
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AdamShepherd Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
Hey there Jay, thanks, that was nice to read. :)

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:

You'll need:

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.

Good luck! :)
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