I must admit that I enjoyed looking through these photos today more than right after I first took them. That often seems to be the case--sometimes I just need a little space between the actual event and the resulting images. (But then it expires after a certain point and I will look at photos from years ago and be all, "What was I thinking?!")
Unfortunately, it was a windy day when my mom and I went out to practice bubble photography. Bubbles always seem much more controllable in my mind, but in practice they have a mind of their own. Controlling them in perfectly calm conditions is challenging enough, but when it's windy it's more of a coincidence when they land right. I know my mom was feeling the frustration when I'd say, "I want it to land right here nestled in the flowers--this spot would be perfect." I don't ask for much!
My first challenge, which I anticipated pre-shoot, was that bubbles are a little on the fragile side. Maybe you've noticed. I had come across some recipes online that made stronger bubbles, and they included glycerin. I wasn't sure if we'd find that (plus I read it was expensive), so I also found one that used corn syrup. Well, if Target carries glycerin, the employees in Yuba City don't realize it, because we asked and they didn't even know what we were talking about. (My mom and I had no plans to go all over town in search of glycerin--we just happened to be at Target for other reasons and thought we'd check before buying corn syrup.)
So we went with the corn syrup (mixed with water and dish soap). It seemed to strengthen the bubbles a bit, but only if you kept it nice and mixed. The slightly unstable solution, along with wind and loading a $1 large bubble wand just right, meant we never knew what to expect. It was all very unglamorous and tiring, but I'm so happy my mom was there to help me practice. It was a fun and funny experience.
(I should mention that I didn't actually measure the ingredients, so maybe it would've worked better if I had.)
Looking at these pictures makes me want to try again. There's a lot of potential, I think.
(Yes, I apologized to my mom for putting soap and corn syrup all over her plants and flowers. She didn't mind. This is why I didn't want to try this at some public garden! I forgot to ask my mom whether any flowers/leaves died as a result, and now she's on vacation for a couple of weeks so I can't ask.)
Here's a negative of that picture just for funzies.
I would definitely like to try this again sometime! With various backdrops, I bet some really cool photos could be taken. Also, it would be nice to make glycerin bubbles and practice on a very calm day with lots of flowers and nature to work with. Sometime I'll have to rent the macro lens again (or buy one), although I think some of these might even work okay with a good regular lens.
Thanks for looking!