Bubbles - there's no denying people of all ages can appreciate and participate in a good round of bubble blowing, but they're no longer just a summer pastime. They've gone year round, and I couldn't be more excited!
Undoubtedly, you've either heard of or seen (likely on facebook or instagram) those gorgeous frozen bubbles people have been blowing. It's cold, and what better way to celebrate than frozen summer entertainment?
I had planned on just posting a few photos on Facebook once I got what I wanted, but after a few comments and messages saying their bubbles didn't work out, from friends and photographers alike, I wanted to throw this out there for everyone.
I'm sure regular bubbles work to some capacity, however, there are recipes I've found work better. The main one I've used and know of people using is listed below.
Frozen Bubble Recipe
• 8 oz. warm water
• 2 tbsp sugar
• 2 tbsp corn syrup
• 2 tbsp dish detergent/soap
So You Want to Photograph Your Bubbles?
Whether you want to photograph them or just stick around long enough to watch them freeze, please keep reading.
First, this is probably the most important thing I learned, if you want them to stick around (instead of just blowing away), use a straw! Leave a few dabs of the bubble solution wherever you'd want your bubble to land and then dip the straw into the solution.
Place the straw in that spot, and blow your bubble. Slowly pull the straw away to let the bubble seal itself and BAM bubble in place! This may (most likely will) take a few tries, but you'll get there!
Bubble wands will still work, you just have to catch the bubble without popping it!
Second, watch closely. It's been in the negative temperatures here so they've been freezing pretty quickly. Watch as the frost grows around the bubble, it's amazing!
Below is a photo of mostly frozen bubble and an entirely frozen bubble.
Onto the Photographing Tips
1. A macro lens works best, but I managed to grab a few with my 50mm as well, though not as detailed.
2. Have a light source behind the bubble, it helps light up the bubble and the frosty design on it. Plus the darker foreground helps the glowing bubble really pop! (see photo below)
3. Keep trying. Like anything else, practice (and patience) makes perfect. I still have a long way to go for my perfect frozen bubble, but I was so happy when it finally worked out!
The photo below, the light source is to the side, and the design sort of washes out into the orb.
Our First Bubbles
I'm not going to lie to you, our first try the other night was an absolute disaster. It was windy, cold and getting dark. Two of which don't work out sell in the sticking around or sight of the bubble. We got a few, but mostly they popped or flew away beforehand.
Then I tried taking a photo, that was another miss in itself. Plus, I hadn't figured out the straw deal yet and we didn't have a bubble wand, so we DIY-ed some bubble wands out of pipe cleaners, which worked oddly well. But none the less, a few photos from our first go.