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    brian1208
    brian1208 e2 Member 1110165 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
    11 Jan 2013 - 8:07 PM

    I've put up Part 1 of a Blog on my experiments with photographing soap bubbles as controlled foams, small groups of individually blown bubbles and as single, large bubbles mimicing planetary atmospheres.

    Any input you may care to give me on the subject and content will be much appreciated.

    Part 1 is primarily about the creation of the bubble structures and Part 2 will cover the lighting and shooting techniques

    The blog is here

    Last Modified By brian1208 at 11 Jan 2013 - 8:11 PM
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    arhb
    arhb e2 Member 72142 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom67 Constructive Critique Points
    11 Jan 2013 - 9:02 PM

    Very interesting work Brian.
    I was inspired over xmas when my nephew and niece were having a bubble blowing frenzy,
    to try something a bit more technical when I had some time alone, so your blog and techniques are appreciated.
    I find the bubble structures most appealing.

    GarethRobinson
    11 Jan 2013 - 10:52 PM

    Brian, the article is looking fine, clean and simple, thanks for sharing.

    Gareth

    KathyW
    KathyW  101793 forum posts Norfolk Island12 Constructive Critique Points
    11 Jan 2013 - 11:13 PM

    Fascinating stuff Brian. Will have to give that try - I wonder what the cats will make of bubbles being blown at them... Wink

    brian1208
    brian1208 e2 Member 1110165 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Jan 2013 - 4:52 AM

    Thanks for your thoughts on this.

    I have just spotted the work by a master in this "art" of creating bubble Planets, Jason Toser who has progressed it to an amazing degree (I knew I couldn't be the first).

    Have a look at these: here (and I see there are many comments at the bottom about who really started this genre, I am but an egg! Smile

    My god, look at the kit he uses, no wonder they are so good:


    Quote: Tozer tells us that he uses a Hasselblad 503CW and a 135mm macro lens mounted on a set of extension bellows. The camera is equipped with a 65-megapixel PhaseOne digital back. He also made a huge 23-meter perspex dome for the lighting

    Last Modified By brian1208 at 12 Jan 2013 - 4:54 AM
    brian1208
    brian1208 e2 Member 1110165 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Jan 2013 - 5:10 AM


    Quote: I wonder what the cats will make of bubbles being blown at them...



    Our two Burmese used to love chasing bubbles and pulled the most amazing faces if they caught one in their mouth Grin

    brian1208
    brian1208 e2 Member 1110165 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Jan 2013 - 6:43 AM

    I've completed the first draft of part 2 covering lighting and hope to complete it with shooting details later today, its here

    Once again, any input on content or ****-ups would be appreciated

    Last Modified By brian1208 at 12 Jan 2013 - 6:44 AM
    arhb
    arhb e2 Member 72142 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom67 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Jan 2013 - 10:29 AM

    If you were able to set up the black base and bg inside a light tent,
    would this get you over the problem with the softbox join reflections?

    brian1208
    brian1208 e2 Member 1110165 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Jan 2013 - 10:44 AM

    Thanks Andrew, should add that to my blog, I have tried your idea and simply got a different set of reflected problems.
    I think the trick will be something like Jason Tozer does which is to use a huge dome to diffuse the light and do away with reflections.
    I'm wondering abut trying with some of my big muslin diffusers to see if I can do something similar but that's for a lot later, once I have explored all the options with my small set-up

    arhb
    arhb e2 Member 72142 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom67 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Jan 2013 - 11:01 AM

    Ah okay.
    My only other thought would be to follow Jason's lead and create a dome from polyester resin,
    although you would need something of the right size to mould it to.

    brian1208
    brian1208 e2 Member 1110165 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Jan 2013 - 11:31 AM

    Fun trying to think up solutions isn't it Smile

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