Photo Experimenting 2: Playing with Water, oil, bubbles

Kelly at “Shutterbug Diary” commented on my Photo Experimenting 1, giving me a link to a different video saying I might find it interesting. She was right. (Thanks, Kelly.)

Video 1: Oil+Water+Soap (Add soap will make it easier, it said at one point.)

(It took me many tries, I have to tell you.)

My experience:

1. When I watched the video, I didn’t realize how small those bubbles were. I was shock when I saw the real thing. 😉

2. The direction of the light is more crucial than I thought. After failing for several times, I finally changed where I placed the flashlight, and that did the trick. For me, anyway.

3. I tried to manually combine several small bubbles into a bigger one, and wasn’t very successful. My guess is that I might add a little too much of the soap.

4. The color was a nice surprise. I had an orange color place-mat under the glass.

5. I did darken the left top corner to erase the company name for the glassware.

Video 2: Oil+water

After watching one video, you will start seeing similar videos popping up. The difference between this one and the previous one is that it doesn’t add soap.

My experience:

1. It’s easier this time since I kind of know where the flash light should be.

2. This, actually, is the result I had expected from previous experience.

3. Again, I used a household flashlight… because I was lazy.

Video 3: Rain-X and water

This is another video that popped up on my pc. Mark Wallace, actually, is the first photographer whose video I subscribed. His teaching style is straight-to-the-point, which I appreciate a lot. In this case, I would recommend to click the photo to see a bigger version of it.

My experience:

1. I had a hard time to get this work. I, actually, went back to watch his video again. F22, he said.

2. After I switched to speed-light, not using my trustful flashlight, I finally made some progress.

3. Rain-x makes it easier to hand shape water droplets.

Video 4: Frozen Bubbles (water, corn syrup, sugar, dish soap)

After having a few extreme cold days, frozen-bubbles videos started popping up. I thought to myself: I can’t change the weather; I may as well take advantage of it. While waiting for a warmer day to go to a store to get corn syrup, I saw Kelly post a photo of a frozen bubble, which I liked a lot.

It should look better, I thought. My heart wanted to keep trying, but my hands wanted to quit. My husband said, “Why don’t you do it in the garage?”

My experience:

1. Straw worked better.

2. Even a tiny wind could break those bubbles. I thought it was a pretty calm day, but, still, I had to move to a corner of the house to block almost-not-there wind.

3. Garage worked (no wind), but since it’s warmer, it took longer.

4. It still can be better; Winter is not over yet 😉

Thanks for visiting my blog.

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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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43 Responses to Photo Experimenting 2: Playing with Water, oil, bubbles

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    I always like it when you experiment. Wonderful photos. You should make them bigger. 😀

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Cee. You are right! I should make them bigger. I used to post bigger size photos. Recently, I don’t know why, I worry about space. It doesn’t make sense to me either 😉
      We can run out of space, right? What do we do then? I see people start another blog using a different name. I wonder if I should start deleting old post/photo… or wait until it happens.. Oh well…
      Have a great evening.

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      • Cee Neuner says:

        What is the size of your photos. I save mine for my blog and they are usually less than 300kb. I’ve had my blog for 4 years or 5 years and only have used 20%. I save them no bigger than 1200 pixels on the longest side.

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        • Helen C says:

          Good morning, Cee. I always saved my photo to medium “quality”; I thought that was good enough to keep it small. I just checked — OMG, the size is from 700 KB to 3000. If I save the longer side as 1200 pixels, and medium “quality”, the size would be quite low, in one case 99. From now on, I will save all photos to 1200 pixels (longer side). THANK YOU SO MUCH, Cee!!!
          How do you check the % of the space you have used?
          Have a wonderful day.

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          • Cee Neuner says:

            If you use your dashboard it should be listed under the “at a glance” section (Bottom right on mine, but I know you can move the sections around). From the reader, you can get to the Dashboard by scrolling down the right menu bar and click on WP Admin.

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          • Helen C says:

            You are my hero of the day, Cee. It took me a while to find it, but I did! 27%! I guess I don’t have to worry about it for a while, and I definitely will resize to 1200 pixels from now on. Thank you so much!
            Have a great day! (Can you read how happy I am? 😉

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  2. loisajay says:

    I like when you experiment, too! The photos are fascinating, Helen.

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  3. This is wonderful. Good for you for trying something new!

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  4. shutterbug says:

    These are great! I like the family of frozen bubbles. And I totally see the reflection of the flower when I enlarged the picture 😊 Thanks for the tips! I’ll see if I can tackle this this weekend 😊 Have a fabulous day!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Kelly. I had a lot of fun. It brought me back to the time I was a programmer. Debug. Think. Debug. Think harder. Ha. It’s quite a reward when I finally figured out how 😉
      Good night.

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  5. Amy says:

    What a wonderful experience. It doesn’t look easy at all. Lighting probably is crucial for the result. 🙂

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  6. Marie says:

    Wonderful experiments. I love the reflection of the flower in the raindrops.

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  7. Raj says:

    Superb work Helen, as usual, we learn a lot whenever you experiment! The 3rd experiment is my favourite there are many possibilities of putting different objects in the background! 🙂

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  8. Wonderful experiment Helen!!!

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  9. I like winter themes as well, especially something related to ice, such as frost flowers on window, frozen waterfalls, etc. I am planning to take some pictures of Minihaha fall within a few weeks, I heard it has been frozen. Want to join me?

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    • Helen C says:

      I like your ski photos!
      I saw a photo of Minihaha fall recently; I don’t remember where (FB, probably.) It was frozen solid. Very amazing. I was thinking of going there to take a look, but it was too cold at that time. We have several warm days now. Do you think it will stay frozen? For sure, it will be very slippery.
      I would love to go with you, but life is a little more complicated when you have two photographers living in the same house 😉 Let me know when you are going. Who knows?

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  10. Leya says:

    Love your experiments, Helen! Thank you for doing and posting!

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  11. restlessjo says:

    The third one is like a small miracle. 🙂 🙂 I should take notice of your conversation with Cee. I like bigger photos but I don’t resize so I’ve used gallons of space and had to buy more. That’s what happens when you’re an idiot.

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    • prior.. says:

      Hi Jo – had to chime in here – and good for u for knowing what you want – and I wanted to add that I learned a lesson by using too small of pics – details were missed and beauty lost – so there is a fine line to too small – eh?

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Jo and Yvette. There is one other reason to post lower quality (smaller) photo — if someone wants to “borrow” it without asking, at least you are still owing a better copy. (I am not sure how true this is, but it sounds right 😉
      Yvette is right though. I remember I was a little confused with one of Raj’s comments, but after I took another looked at the photo, I totally agreed with him. The photo was too small, so some detail was missing. If you click the photo to see a bigger version, you would be able to see those missing details. But some photo seem not affected by size — I haven’t figured this out yet. It’s probably a good idea to make two sizes and compare. yes?
      Thank you to both of you. Have a great evening.

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  12. prior.. says:

    How fun, helen -the photos are so fun – and I am looking forward to watching the videos and will be back to do that in a few

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  13. prior.. says:

    and helen – I also wanted to chime in once more on the space thing (even though at 27% you are not even close to using your allotted amount)
    but when and if you do – it is not that much more money to buy more space – just a few bucks every month – just FYI

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Yvette. Your info helps!!! 😉 I remember some blogger ran into this problem and had to stop using the original blog and start a new blog.It doesn’t sound fun at all 😉

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      • prior.. says:

        well I know a few folks that have done it (for space) and it was smooth – they also keep their blogs linked (or try to) so if someone lands on a homepage they can find them thru active links –
        and sometimes it provides a fresh start – and that can have pros and cons
        I started a new blog (the in the zone one) but it was to branch off because my original blog was started to share lit (poems and stories) and teen learning stuff – (really) and so I thought it might be good to start fresh – but then ended up back and realized that the beauty of a blog is that it can evolve and change – it will! and so it is okay if I evolve and keep the same address – people can make their own choice on coming and going – ya know

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  14. Lady Oscar says:

    Fun project!
    I do love the oil -water and frozen bubbles! creative!

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  15. How cool! Looks like fun .. and great images too

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