Soap bubbles by Skyler Ewing
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Skyler Ewing's picture

Soap bubbles

January 25, 2021
SONY ILCE-7RM4
105mm · f/6.3 · 1/160s · ISO 400
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Phil Cornwall's picture

Very, very cool!

Timothy Gasper's picture

Ok. I've had enough of this. Tell me how you're doing this stuff or I'm going come over and sit outside your doorstep until you do. Ok? Got it?
Very good work.

Skyler Ewing's picture

Ha ha ha!
It’s dish soap mixed with warm water ( maybe about one part soap, 2 parts water) added a little glycerin ( not necessary but it will make the bubbles a lot stronger and won’t pop). I also used just kids bubble mixture successfully.Put it in fridge and when you have a cold day ( did this one in 20 degrees F) take it outside and use a straw to blow a bubble. Within a few seconds will start freezing and forming amazing ice crystals.
You need a very calm day, no wind. If you add a little sugar to mixture the crystals will have a little more color)
It’s best if you have the sun or some form of light behind it low in the sky. The colder it is the faster will freeze. I put a little snow on my flower so the base is cold and crystals will start forming from the bottom

Timothy Gasper's picture

Very good. How difficult was it to keep the bubble intact, especially if you had to move it? Where I live it does get that cold, but this winter has been rather mild...so far. I do go to Russia a lot for photos and my wife is from there. It gets pretty darn cold there, easily -25 C and lower. Wonder how your type of photographing would work under those conditions. I will have to try. A thought, if you use colored food dye to the water along with your other ingredients, I wonder how that would look. Also, please, how do you know how much sugar to use.....just trial and error? I would imagine the weight of the sugar crystals could play a big part in the process? Thank you much for taking the time to answer. I need to get more creative. My grandmother was a very good artist. Unfortunately, I can draw only stick figures. Thank you again and keep doing this lovely work. Oh....what state do you live in? We are in Utah, but also have property in Russia. Smiles and be safe out there.

Skyler Ewing's picture

The temperature in Russia should be perfect for it. In this photograph I didn’t use sugar. But usually about half teaspoon for one cup mixture. If it’s too cold the bubbles might freeze before you get a chance to photograph it! If that happens just keep the mixture at room temperature that way is warmer and takes longer to freeze. The glycerin helps keep bubbles from popping.
I live in Maine now ( moved recently from Illinois) but originally from Romania:)

Timothy Gasper's picture

Wait wait wait...how the HELL did you get that bubble to sit on that flower? Those bubbles aren't strong. They are fragile and can pop at any time. What's up with that? Please.

Skyler Ewing's picture

I had the mixture in a cup. Use a drinking straw, dip it in mixture then blow the bubble on flower gently from a few inches away. I put some snow on the flower so the bubbles will have something to stick to and freeze from below.

Timothy Gasper's picture

Thank you. I didn't mean to extract all this knowledge from you. I was just so curious how it worked without popping bubble after bubble after bubble after.....
I haven't tried any of this because I've too busy shooting assignments over in Russia and Europe, but now that I'm retired and can't go out like we are all used to....well I guess I can play around with new things now for my own self-edification. Thank you very much. You're a nice lady and very creative and talented. Have lots of fun and keep up the wonderful job. Oh...and be safe out there.