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This set of images was created by holding the camera lens close to the inside wall and base of a glass salad bowl, and pointing the bowl towards different objects or scenes. The results are quite interesting.

The bowl (iittala - made in Finland) has ribbed sides, and the base is made up of glass 'droplets' or 'bubbles'.

In this instance, I pointed the bowl towards the azaleas in our garden, which were in full Spring bloom at the time. In each bubble, you can see the front of our house, and the flowering azaleas along the front (upside down, due to the way the bubble refracts the scene).

In each of the first six Variants, the images were then cropped into a square shape in Photoshop, and the saturation and contrast were adjusted, to obtain maximum effect.

In Variant no. 7, you'll see the glass bowl, turned upside down, and surrounded by dark blue light. You'll notice that the glass bubbles protrude from the base of the bowl, hence, when the bowl is placed on a flat surface, such as a table, the bubbles are what actually touches the surface. You can view a plate that is similar to the salad bowl that I used to capture these images, by clicking on this link.

I know these images are not to everyone's taste, however, I think they show my creative and imaginative side. I have to say, in the years that I've been uploading to online photography sites, I have not seen anything similar Grin


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Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Bubbles of Colour
Username:PhillipMinnis PhillipMinnis
Uploaded:14 Apr 2013 - 6:35 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Specialist / abstract
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Hermanus
Hermanus  1 South Africa
14 Apr 2013 - 6:43 AM

Very creative thinking here Phil !! Excellent images that you have created by so simple a method Smile Well done Smile

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Rogerex
Rogerex  729 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2013 - 7:13 AM

A fascinating series of images.
Roger

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2013 - 7:16 AM

Amazing results, Phil, well thought out and executed. Carol

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2013 - 7:54 AM

Very imaginative Phillip, a great set with stunning color and a superb presentation...John

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NDODS e2 Member 32357 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2013 - 8:30 AM

A wonderfully creative, imaginative and inventive set of image Phillip. Image number seven being a real winner

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin

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Quoise
Quoise e2 Member 1160 forum postsQuoise vcard United Kingdom
14 Apr 2013 - 8:37 AM

Fabulous set, my kind of images. I love to see something different, and these are definitely different. Shows fantastic imagination. I love V1, reminds me of the colours of a sunrise, but my fave has to be V7 Smile have a GEA on me Grin

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franken
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14 Apr 2013 - 8:46 AM

Brilliant set with version 2, 4 & 7 standing out for me.

Ken

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2013 - 8:51 AM

I love these. V1 is my favourite but all work so well. What a wonderful set of table mats you could make from them!

Ann

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ColleenA
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14 Apr 2013 - 9:08 AM

Very creative, makes a stunning image. well doneGrinGrin

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digital_boi
14 Apr 2013 - 9:22 AM

all good fun and great idea

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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EMJAYCEE
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14 Apr 2013 - 9:28 AM

Personally I love the colours of V3 but the set is terrific.
Joan.

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DicksPics
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14 Apr 2013 - 9:36 AM

An amazing set of images, Phillip and thank you for the details about how they were taken - so interesting!
Thoughtful and inventive photography.

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Diggeo
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14 Apr 2013 - 9:42 AM

Nice set! Good job.
GeorgeSmile

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lonely_oryx
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14 Apr 2013 - 9:42 AM

Fascinating patterns

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AnnJ
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14 Apr 2013 - 10:28 AM

Just amazing....wish I could find a similar bowl and try your technique! Ann.

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14 Apr 2013 - 10:41 AM

Colourful sea urchin PhilWink
Ron.

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PhillipMinnis
PhillipMinnis e2 Member 485 forum postsPhillipMinnis vcard Australia4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2013 - 10:43 AM

Wow! Thank you very much, Quoise, for giving this image a Guest Editor Award.

To be honest with you, this award probably means more to me than any of the other awards I've received on this site. The reason for this is that I feel my creativity, imagination, and my ability to produce an image that is very different to my other awarded images (and for that matter, a good deal of awarded images on this site), has been recognised, officially, by one of the judges on the site.

A great surprise, and a good end to my Sunday! Grin


Cheers

Phil

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2013 - 11:04 AM

Great series

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chrissie3  5 England
14 Apr 2013 - 11:16 AM

Wonderful set of images - well deserving of the awards.

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14 Apr 2013 - 11:26 AM

Top work, Phil. V1 and 7 grab memost but all are inventive and artistically intriguing. It almost looks like a seed head in v1 and some ocean- dwelling organism in v7.
Alun

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14 Apr 2013 - 11:41 AM

A great series of images well thought out V7 for meSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


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14 Apr 2013 - 12:17 PM

I find these images most inspiring and have yet to try out your technique.
I won't chose a favourite as I think each one is delightful.
Congratulations on GEA.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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14 Apr 2013 - 1:05 PM

You have created some most lovely images doing this Phillip. ......Sandy

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mauriceegan
14 Apr 2013 - 1:30 PM

Full marks Philip for what you have done here, superb images, really love this
Maurice

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14 Apr 2013 - 2:14 PM

Really creative abstracts.
Ty

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Sezz
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15 Apr 2013 - 11:24 AM

An excellent set, love them all - very clever & creative!
Congrat's for your GEA!

Sarah *

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15 Apr 2013 - 8:48 PM

Every one a gem, I am a great fan of your technique, unique as you say.

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16 Apr 2013 - 8:12 PM

I think v1 was the perfect choice as the lead, a really fabulous set of abstract images

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17 Apr 2013 - 11:24 PM

A superb set
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Tigger1  1 England
7 Jun 2013 - 6:33 PM

Very inspiring! Smile

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