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Blow in a Bubble

By sallybea
Experimenting with bubbles but rather than have the man in the bubble would like to know how I can get a reflection of the man in the bubble instead of having him behind the bubble!

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
5 Aug 2012 8:18PM
If this is a single shot of a bubble with a figurine behind it, then you've done well to capture it, although the bubble is a bit overpowering for me. If it's a composite, then I'd de-saturate the bubble somewhat and try again.
As for your question; I'm not sure exactly what you want to do.
Getting a genuine reflection on the side of a bubble would require some pretty tricky setting up and the biggest chunk of luck ever, I'd imagine.
Placing an image of the man onto on image of a bubble, using software would be easier but you'd still face quite a task in getting the man's image to curve around the bubble and make it look believable.
Good luck!


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sallybea 8 41 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:26PM
It is the first time I have attempted photographing bubbles so this is a genuine shot of a bubble in front of a figure. My object is to show reflections in the bubble rather than the figure standing behind the bubble so guess I am looking for more bubble and more reflection rather than the other way around. Thanks for your comment, appreciate it.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
5 Aug 2012 8:43PM

Quote:My object is to show reflections in the bubble

Hi Sally,
I thought that that was what you meant.
Personally, I'd have no idea how to even begin setting up for a shot like that but there are many deeply illogical thinkers on here. I'm sure that someone will have a few suggestions.
You could try posing the question in the forums perhaps.


ps.What on earth possessed you to find my 'seagull' shot ! ?
sallybea 8 41 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 9:33PM
Ha, I like to see who is commenting on my images and as I said humor goes a long way in my book. It's a great commercial shot, if the gulls can eat that stuff then anyone will!
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
5 Aug 2012 9:51PM
My ten-year-old loves KFC but then, I think that she's got the constitution of a gull!
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 5:04PM
Quite a poser, Sally, but I've given it a lot of thought.
Firstly, you will need to remove the parts of the musician that are outside of the bubble and make the area all black. This then just has the bubble in the frame, with the man inside the bubble.
I use PaintshopPro and have an "effects" option, and would assume that PhotoShop has something similar, if that's what you use.
In the first modification, I cleaned the bubble's background and used the Spherize Effect to shape the musician so that he looked more like a reflection. The idea is to get him "rounded".
In the second modification, I used Barrel Distortion. I haven't used that effect a lot, but would think that you don't have to have him made a lot larger like this.
In the third modification, I used Fisheye Distortion, so the choice is yours, and you should be able to find an effect that works the same.
There isn't a lot of difference between them, but the strength of the effect is going to be up to you.
sallybea 8 41 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 6:51PM
Hi Pamela,

Now that is an interesting option and something I will definitely have to explore. I tend to always try to do things without too much assistance from Photoshop but would love to see how your modifications turned out - are the modifications available for one to see? Thank you so much for your assistance, it is appreciated.

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
6 Aug 2012 8:13PM
Click on the 'modifications' button just below your image.
sallybea 8 41 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 10:18PM
Thanks for solving that one, I previously searched but could not find onr - that solved that problem - what a nice bunch of people - appreciate all your help.
sallybea 8 41 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 11:31PM
Experimented with another image of the same fellow in the bubble and discovered that by using the Eliptical crop tool in Photoshop I could crop the whole bubble into a nice ballono shape and paste it into a new page blank page. I then painted the background in with black and used the Spherise Effect on the whole balloon - though I suspect I would have done better to select the musician first and then Spherize him rather than the whole balloon. Would never have thought of it doing this had Pamela not given me the idea - just goes to show how many different approaches there are to the same subject. Very helpful exercise for me. Special thanks to Pamela.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 8:59PM
Thanks for your feedback, Sally, and I'm glad you found the right tools in PS.

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