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This was actually not what I wanted to do. I tried to capture bubbles in a glass with water and one drop of oil. Oh well this was what I got. Quite different to the original photo I wanted. I used loose coloured paper and used a fork to get thi round effect. Snapping it just after using the fork, so the movement was still there. Was just cleaned up a bit in photoshop.

Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Lens:EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Jul 2013 - 12:14 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Shutter Speed:1/5sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Dizzy Bubbles ...
Username:Sone Sone
Uploaded:17 Jul 2013 - 9:26 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General
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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8748 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1239 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2013 - 3:06 PM

It's an interesting idea but it doesn't quite work for me, there's a conflict of interest. Is the subject the motion of the bubbles or the refracted colours in them? Given the pattern of coloured paper I think it should be the latter - for which purpose the bubbles need to be sharp. Look at the lovely effects that you are getting - particularly the red and blue showing through the bubbles seen over green card. I'd love to see that hard, sharp, sparkling, like glass marbles.

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pamelajean Critique Team 9909 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1728 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2013 - 8:37 PM

I am left wondering what it was that you originally set out to do.
I like the pattern of the coloured paper very much, radiating from a central point. What I also like is the interesting patterns that paper is making on the most prominent bubbles, those near the centre, on the yellow and green. I agree with Moira, and if these were sharp, they would provide you with a focal point, an area of immediate interest.
I would suggest that you don't stir the water, but if you still want the circular motion of the bubbles, then you are going to need a much faster shutter speed. I have to admit to liking the circular motion and contrast of the circular pattern against the triangular patterns of the coloured paper.
I would take this further and try different settings. For instance, a larger aperture would give you one small group of bubbles in focus, allowing the rest to be blurred, which is quite a nice effect.
I have done a modification where I cropped in order to make the composition a bit more interesting, having the centre to the left, ending up with a square format. My intention was also to emphasize the most attractive bubbles, which I selectively sharpened, in an effort to demonstrate my suggestion in the last paragraph.

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