Frozen Bubbles

Frozen Bubble

I first experimented with taking photos of frozen bubbles last year. At the time, I was somewhat pleased by the results, especially because I’d never done it before. But, I didn’t have my macro lens yet so what I got wasn’t actually all that good. When I went to play again the other day and seeing the images on my tiny camera screen or on my phone, I didn’t think these were going to come out all that much better. Until I got them on my computer. Dang! What a world of difference!

These still are nowhere near perfect, but this time, you can really see the details of what happens when a bubble freezes. These held up better than the ones I did last year and didn’t start to collapse the second that delicate feathering hit the top (they freeze from bottom to top when they are sitting on something)

Frozen Bubble
Frozen Bubble

A few of these held up so well that the only reason they broke at all was because they were hit by a breeze.

Frozen Bubble
Frozen Bubble

Some even withstood getting snowed on, giving me such a pretty picture with both a frozen bubble and snowflakes. I even managed to capture that lovely rainbow effect you can get with soap bubbles. It is something that I was surprised to see stayed even when the bubble froze.

Frozen Bubble
Frozen Bubble

BG again joined me in playing. The first couple of tries were convoluted and messy with very few bubbles staying solid or landing where I wanted them. Because I was the one making the bubbles, she had both hands free to take any photos she wanted and managed to get a couple of really cool ones of the bubbles in the air. Me on the other hand, I was wishing for about 5 extra hands to be able to do it all until I figured out a way to make it work.

Frozen Bubble
Frozen Bubble

When a bubble did start to collapse, it either caved a bit and ended up with a wrinkled texture, or they broke apart completely.

Frozen Bubble
Frozen Bubble

Every once in a while, though, it would just break, leaving a perfect partial bubble because it was still frozen.

Broken Frozen Bubble
Broken Frozen Bubble

So many of the photos I took have at least one really interesting thing in the image. The feathery detail in the bubble, the snowflakes that landed on them, the rainbow effect, any combination of those and any number of other things.

Frozen Bubble
Frozen Bubble
Frozen Bubble
Frozen Bubble
Bubble Before Freezing
Bubble Before Freezing

The one below dropped into the bush I was putting these on and hid. Again, I loved the snowflakes that coated the outside of this one.

Frozen Bubble
Frozen Bubble
Frozen Bubble
Frozen Bubble
Frozen Bubble
Frozen Bubble

It was so cold out that by the time I came in, my fingers were so cold they hurt. It didn’t help having to handle the bubble solution and getting that on my hands. Even then, it was with BG and I going inside a few times to warm up. That wasn’t enough to keep me inside the second day when the sun was actually out. BG was kinda ticked at me that I took got to take pictures when she had to be in school, especially since some of the best ones I got where those. Taking pictures of frozen bubbles has to be one of my favorite winter activities.

Ice Bubble
Ice Bubble

Author: TJ Fox

Slightly sane artist, book addict, wife and mom who is forever rethinking her place in this world.

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