Frozen Bubbles!

Frozen Soap Bubble

I did it! I braved the horrid cold and managed to get several amazing shots yesterday. It took a little while as the area I set up in still wasn’t entirely protected by the wind and they broke easily. I felt a bit like a circus monkey in the process.

Blow a bubble, set down the bubble stuff, drop to my camera and attempt to focus only to not be able to find the bubble in my viewfinder because it had already broken. Pop up, rinse and repeat over and over. I did my best to keep them in mostly the same location, but I still needed to refocus on every single one and that sometimes took longer than the bubble could last.

Broken Soap Bubble
Broken Soap Bubble

I got nearly as many broken bubbles as I got whole ones. I almost love the broken ones the most because the way they collapse or break adds so much character and interest.

Frozen Soap Bubble
Frozen Soap Bubble

There are so many things I love about doing these. One is that they are very much like snowflakes in that each one freezes a little differently and creates different feathery, snowflake like patters across the surface.

Frozen Soap Bubble
Frozen Soap Bubble

It is amazing to watch the process of those patterns forming as the bubble freezes.

Broken Frozen Soap Bubble
Broken Frozen Soap Bubble

I had done a little research to see if there was something I could do to make my bubbles stronger. Found that using glycerine is supposed to help and I think it does some. Sadly, it also looks like adding that makes these so much harder to freeze. Of course, it took me about 15 bubbles before I realized these weren’t freezing the same as the ones I did last year, so I had to run back in and remake my bubble solution before I could get any decent photos.

Frozen Soap Bubble
Frozen Soap Bubble
Collapsing Frozen Soap Bubble
Collapsing Frozen Soap Bubble
Frozen Soap Bubble
Frozen Soap Bubble
Collapsing Frozen Soap Bubble
Collapsing Frozen Soap Bubble
Soap Bubble Just Starting To Freeze
Soap Bubble Just Starting To Freeze

Author: TJ Fox

I am a slightly sane artist, amateur photographer, book addict, wife, mom and raging introvert. I have more hobbies than I can count, so it is beyond shocking that I manage to find time to do any of them, let alone most of them and still have time to do anything else. Of all the talents I claim, writing wasn’t one of them until my muse dropped the idea for a book on my head.

16 thoughts on “Frozen Bubbles!”

    1. It would have made life a whole lot easier if I’d had someone blowing the bubbles for me, but that is part of the fun! The ones I did last year, my daughter helped, but she was attempting to take her own pictures as well, so it made things very interesting.

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    1. They are so much fun to get photos of! If I thought I could pull off a decent video, I’d get one posted so you can see those ice patterns form. It is incredible to watch them crawl across the surface.

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    1. I actually went back out today (only a little warmer than yesterday) to get a few “senior” photos of MC. Still not sure why he insisted I do them. As you can see, almost all my photos are of nature and really, really up close versions of stuff. I guess you could say my son is technically part of nature, but… lol!

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    1. Ha! No problem! I adore frozen bubbles. It is my goal to attempt to get photos of them at least once every winter. It is a surprisingly hard goal to reach, though it is well worth the numb fingers to get. These are the first with the new camera and I’m over the moon thrilled with how they came out.

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    1. Thanks! It isn’t often I get to try these. It has to be that horrible cold to get them to freeze that quickly. It is crazy rare to get that cold and sunny on the same day around here, so it was a perfect set up to try.

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