Photo Experimenting 1: Playing with Water

I like watching videos on different subjects of photographing. The other day the video “I Photographed Boiling Water” showed up on my YouTube home page. It is a short one, so I watched it right away.

But, I don’t have a see-through kettle like the one showed in the video, and I don’t want to do a complicated experiment. I remember taking photos of bubbles in a cup that was placed under running water, and decided to give that another try. For these photos I used: a red vase, a blue wine glass, and a small flash light. I placed the vase and wine glass in the sink, under running water.

Slowing down the water flow, I don’t see bubbles, but …

Next, pointing a small flash light at the red vase… (What I saw surprised me, even though I wasn’t crazy with the photo 😉

Blue wine glass with water drops all over…

Finally, if you google “Frozen Bubbles”, you will see many interesting photos. I tried it yesterday, and only managed to produce a tiny bubble. It was too cold to stay outside… probably next time. Since I had the mixture ready (7 oz warm water, 1.2 oz dish soap, 1.2 oz white corn syrup, and 2 table spoons sugar), I thought I would take a couple photos indoor.

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About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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48 Responses to Photo Experimenting 1: Playing with Water

  1. loisajay says:

    Helen–this is great! The third photo looks like a glass record–the kind we used to play on the phonograph. The tiny bubble–I don’t know how you did that, but it is beautiful. Your Christmas cactus is very pretty.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Lois! I’ve added the recipe to my post — 7 oz warm water, 1.2 oz dish soap, 1.2 oz white corn syrup, and 2 table spoons sugar. That will make stronger bubbles (I found out that using small straw to blow works better for me) — if you blow the bubble outdoor in cold days, you can get frozen bubbles. 😉 A cool thing to try.
      I bought that Christmas cactus 4 years ago while it had flower buds all over, and guess what? They all fell off before blooming. Same thing happened on the second year. I almost throw it away! But the third year, suddenly, it flowered. And this is the 4th year. I am glad I kept it. Ha.
      Have a wonderful day.

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  2. Pilgrim says:

    Fun experiment, Helen. The bubble is magnificent.

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  3. Amy says:

    I don’t know how, but do know it’s not easy, not at all. It takes skills, patience, and more.
    Thank you, Helen for sharing the beautiful results with us.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Amy. It did take a little practice, but it’s probably easier than you think. Other than using the formula for the liquid, the device you use to blow bubbles makes different. I tried a homemade one (using wire to make a circle); that didn’t work well because the bubble stayed on the wire. I changed to a small straw and that worked much better. Also it’s easier to place the bubble on a smooth surface.
      Have a great evening.


  4. shutterbug says:

    I love it! Your bubble shot turned out lovely!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Kelly. I forgot to add a link to your post!!! Your bubble photo was excellent! Did you use the same recipe? There were different versions online; I just picked one of them. It was interesting to find out that we were thinking of doing the same thing. We cane be photographing buddies!;-)
      Have a wonderful evening.

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  5. Elizabeth says:

    Love the photos, the bubble is wonderful, you are so smart trying all these tricks!

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  6. shutterbug says:

    hi again! I was following along your post and clicked over to Susan who experimented with oil and water. She left this link I thought it might interest you. 😊

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  7. Mabel Kwong says:

    Such creative photos, Helen. You make the water come to life, and show us how science works 😊 Maybe it will be warmer soon and you can experiment again soon 😊

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  8. Rupali says:

    Wonderful post Helen.

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  9. brenda says:

    The bubble…beautiful.

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  10. Raj says:

    Lovely experiments Helen! I know how many shots you must have taken to produce them! That means you have a super patience ✌ 😊 1,3 and 6 are my favourites!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Raj. Yes, I took many shots 😉 I, actually, wanted a frozen bubble (still want one), but I had to quit after getting a tiny one because it was too cold. Now it may be too warm (above freezing). Hmm…
      Golden-hour is next. I was hoping we would have a clear day today so I could take a couple more photos, but it’s another cloudy day. ;-(
      Good night.

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  11. carol1945 says:

    Oh, Helen, this is such a wonderful post, I will be busy all morning clicking the links. I love experimenting the way you did with the bubbles!!! The detail about almost throwing the plant away when it did not bloom makes the photo even more priceless.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Carol. More experiments to come 😉 Are you still busy taking care of your grandchildren? Maybe they would have fun blowing bubbles and you can take photos 😉 Wish I could borrow a kid for a couple of hours. Ha.
      Have a wonderful day.

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      • carol1945 says:

        Yes, I am so busy with grandchildren that I barely have time to explore all these wonderful websites you are enticing me with. I just realized my grandson was born 8 years ago, and I retired so I would have time to help my daughter. I wanted to get into photography so I could take beautiful pictures of the little ones. But two more came along, and I have not really pursued it. My daughter is overwhelmed and I help her as much as I can. Your bubble idea with the grandkids is a good one. We did do bubbles one day about a year ago. I did not take photos, was too busy trying to keep the two year old from spilling all over the place.


  12. Cee Neuner says:

    I do like it when you are experimenting. Wonderful photos Helen. 😀

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  13. carol1945 says:

    Thank you for the link to “photograph of boiling water. ” I enjoyed it very, very much. I had never heard of Imgur.

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  14. Helen, well done, keep it up.

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  15. Great job, impressed with your photography!

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  16. Great shots Helen … I think Raj is right, you must have loads of patience. 🙂

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  17. shutterbug says:

    Hi Helen. I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for the inspiration. My photography club is meeting today and we will be taking pictures of bubbles indoors!

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  19. Cristina says:

    Beautiful images! Love the last one 🙂

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