I took the photo in my neighbors yard. It was irrigation day and the water was running over the sidewalk. My friend was helping me take pictures of bubbles. We tried in my front yard over the wet grass but the bubbles kept popping. We thought we would try it over water and it worked. We used store bought bubbles in a bottle and put the liquid in a tub and used string and cut up straws as handles to get larger bubbles. When the bubbles hit the water they stayed as bubbles and I was able to photograph them. The one bubble domed itself while two other bubbles floated by. I love the shadows the bubbles made in the water. The two lines on the left in the photo are reflections of a telephone pole and a street light pole.
We started taking pictures in the morning on a summer day before it got too hot. I'm in Arizona and it gets really warm mid morning so we started early.
The lighting was outside in the morning sunlight.
My camera is a Nikon D5200 DSLR and I was using my 55mm-200mm lens. No tripod or flash, only my camera and steady hands :-)
I was taking an online photography class and needed to take photos of reflections. I wanted to try taking photos of bubbles because of the reflections they have. I tried several times but just couldn't get a good photo the bubbles kept braking or I got blurred pictures. My friend Jenny told me she could get the bubbles to last longer and make them larger and she did. Her suggestion of having the bubbles over water was the key. I love the reflections in the bubbles of the trees around us along with the reflections of the bubbles in the water.
I didn't do any post-processing to the photo.
In my camera bag
At the time I took this photo I didn't have much in my camera bag. I owed two lens that came with my camera, an 18mm-55mm and a 55mm-200mm. I know carry with me a spare battery, my favorite lens an 80mm-300mm, a 35mm lens and a fisheye lens.
My advice for capturing bubbles is not to give up. Bubbles are challenging to get and when you do it's a fantastic feeling. Make your bubbles as large as you can get them; string really works well. Photographing bubbles is a lot of fun and the results that you get are amazing.
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