Project Alicia : Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge Week Nine: Bubbles

Friday, July 29, 2011

Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge Week Nine: Bubbles

Turns out spectacular bubble shots are hard to come by. (Unless you have a zillion dollar slow-motion camera.) Check out these UN-freaking-believable shots of a bubble bursting- soap molecules and all. (Not to intimidate you or anything.) I'm just mesmerized.

Perhaps I set my expectations too high for this one...

Between heat indexes ranging 100-115, thunderstorms, last minute Chicago excursions, and inopportune photo ops-- I was ready to call it quits. But hey, on an up note, all bubble making tools are 50% off at Walgreens right now. Go stock up! Or make bubbles yourself. Either way, a cheap way to spend some of those last days of summer.

Here are some of my traditional bubble shots.

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This is one of my favs. It has a nice reflection of the beautiful natural setting and little man in frog catching mode blurred in the background. Love the reflection from the water.

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Pokey was the only willing subject with the heat, but her attention span was short lived what with all the distractions and all.

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Who knew a dead cicada could be more entertaining than bubbles? (This would have been perfect for critters.)

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My neighbor drove by as I was lying on the ground at a local golf course attempting to capture the bubbles floating in the air. I had to chuckle. I'm sure she thinks I'm nuts. Good thing she doesn't know all the crazy stunts I've attempted for photo ops. Shh...

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This may be the best shot from the bubble making machine. It was a pain to keep unclogged. Any tips out there?

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This one is slightly varied from the first pic with the sun setting in the background. A difficult time of day for crisp shots with so much movement.

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This one was late afternoon against a dull, cloudy-ish sky. Kinda cool. I added Florabella's halo action to give it a little pop.

And before I forget I wanted to mention that bubbles are not exclusive to summer. Try pulling them out this winter.
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This shot was taken a couple winters ago. It's not the best photo, but take a closer look at the bubble. If it's cold enough, the bubbles may freeze and you can end up with something pretty interesting that will entertain the kiddos for a while. Little Man was totally enthralled.

Just so you know, it took several different photo shoots to get this handful of semi-decent keepers. Hope your efforts are more successful. And if they are, by all means please share your secrets. If not, don't get discouraged! Keep at it.

Another idea for bubbles is to use seltzer or carbonated soda. You may remember this pic from a few months ago.
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(This orange/sprite shoot produced way more keepers than all of my bubble photo shoots put together this week.)

You can see more of the collection as well as instructions for how to achieve this here.

There are also a couple of these available for purchase in my etsy shoppe.

That's all I've got today. Can't wait to see your bubble shots.

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The theme for Week 10, Aug 5th is summer treats. How hard can that be? Just take a drive to the DQ with camera in hand.

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28 comments:

  1. I don't care what you say. I love your bubble shots. I especially love the reflections you captured in a couple of those bubbles. How in the world is it that we can't see you in the bubbles though?!? As for the bubble machine clogging...I have had the same problem. I'm afraid that I'm no help! Also, I love the frozen bubble. I was actually going to attempt that but ran out of time. Word is you can even achieve this in the freezer and preserve it and make it stronger if you spray a light mist of water on it after it's frozen. Apparently it only takes about 30 minutes to an hour for it freeze. Great way to keep the kids busy. lol

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  2. Your bubble shots are AH-mazing! I love the third to last shot of the bubble against the grey sky. It's so simple and yet so lovely.

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  3. I loooove your photo chalenges and I loooove your photoooooos!

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  4. Wonderful photos Alicia. The first shot is amazing!

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  5. Your bubble are out of this world! you have inspired me to do better next time!

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  6. Your bubble shots are great! I was grasping at straws to even find something that might work. I'm going to have to get grandkids or something so I have an excuse to do all those cool photo shoots with bubbles like that!

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  7. *gasp* I LOVE every single one of your bubble shots!! Especially that first one. wowza!

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  8. I love them all...
    but the first is AWESOME

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  9. Amazing collection of bubble pics! You are so talented.

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  10. Very cool shots, Alicia. I always wonder how you come up with these ideas. :)

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  11. Wow! I love all your bubble shots! I love the reflection and the view of the place caught in the bubbles. Love it!

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  12. What a great theme! I love your shots,too! :)

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  14. I love bubble shots! Thanks for hosting!

    Hope you will please drop by and enter my $50 Overstock.com Gift Card Giveaway!! If there are 500 entries, the amount will increase the Gift Card to $100

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  15. Beautiful Bubbles...but your first one is my favorite!!

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  16. Alicia! You are so talented! I don't usually post because I know you always have so many comments but, you talent amazes me!

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  17. Those are all so beautiful - I completely missed it again this week. Sorry. :(

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  18. I was blog hopping and ran across your blog. The theme fit my post perfectly and I'm so happy to join in.
    I LOVE your sixth image! The colors are wonderful!
    Carletta@Round The Bend

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  19. amazing shots... your work is so inspiring!! you make me want to take pictures of something other than parker ;)

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  20. Wowza! Those shots are out of thid world beautiful! I love your ladies photo challenge so much! I'm just a mommy with a plain ole point & shoot camera, so my shots are not nearly as incredible as ya'lls... but hey it's good practice!

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  21. Love these Alicia!

    And I had no idea that bubbles would freeze in winter? I'm not sure why that never occurred to me, ha!

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  22. WOW! Awesome photos. They are all great.

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  23. Your bubble shots are fabulous!!! I thought this was such a fun challenge!

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  24. These are gorgeous! Bubbles=summer!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

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  25. Great pictures! I love the floating bubbles, there is something elegant about the way bubbles float.

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  26. Thanks for stopping by at my blog Alicia, cant wait for next challenge ;-)

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  27. LOVE the reflections in the bubbles! Beautiful photos!! Thanks again for hosting! =)

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