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Tiny Bubbles

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. I know that it was a long weekend in the US and here in Ontario we enjoyed a long weekend with Family Day. It was nice to have the extra day off and enjoy some downtime with my family.

Last week I got inspired to try something new. I was on Rachel Cohen’s Photography site (if you haven’t visited you really must. Just click on the link) and she created an abstract from oil and water. Rachel was actually inspired to try this when she visited Beverly Everson’s Photography site (yes definitely check out her site as well). I actually commented on Beverly’s post and asked her how she achieved this look. A few minutes later I received an email from Beverly giving me instructions. I think I need a bit more practice but here’s my first attempt of some macro photography of oil and water.

Now I’m usually pretty good at following instructions but once I got myself all set up and I filled a shallow dish with oil and added a bit of water here’s what I came up with….

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I actually liked how this came out but I thought “wow…why am I getting so many bubbles?” ย Well I went back to Beverly’s instructions and I realized that I was supposed to fill a shallow dish with water first and then add a bit of oil….Duhh. For the image above I had my dish suspended over a bowl of blue and green marbles. Now for the correct mix of water and oil I placed two tulip stems under my dish and here’s what I came out with.

Remember you can click on any image to enlarge (they really do look better) or to Purchase a Print.

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Tiny Bubbles, bubbles, abstract, macro, macro photography, oil and water, pastels,

Tiny Bubbles, bubbles, abstract, macro, macro photography, oil and water, pastels,

It’s fun to experiment with something new.

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62 responses

  1. Oh, that looks like fun. I will have to try that some day :). Your shots turned out fantastic!!

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    February 18, 2014 at 7:45 am

  2. Nice, Edith! Thanks for the mention!

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    February 18, 2014 at 7:50 am

    • Thanks Beverly. It was my pleasure and thank you for your guidance with this. I need to practise a bit more.

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      February 18, 2014 at 11:28 am

  3. Love the effect, it makes wonderful grafic picture. Love it!

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    February 18, 2014 at 8:03 am

  4. Marvelous first-time effort–and imaginative ideas. i’m smiling, because I’ve had some children’s bubbles waiting for experimentation. The other day as I was doing dishes a double (rather large) bubble formed that had my reflection. Before I grabbed my camera and iPhone, the opportunity evaporated as I accidentally moved an item near it and good-bye bubbles. It made me think that dishwashing soap was on the agenda too, I had not thought of adding oil. Thanks for that tip and for the introductions.

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    February 18, 2014 at 8:03 am

  5. Lovely! Looks like a fun thing to try out.

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    February 18, 2014 at 8:32 am

  6. Lovely

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    February 18, 2014 at 9:11 am

  7. Wow these are so clever and well done!

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    February 18, 2014 at 10:46 am

  8. Oh, I love this! And it doesn’t sound that difficult so I might be able to pull it off! LOL!

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    February 18, 2014 at 11:40 am

  9. Really nice shot – like it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm

  10. These are wonderful, Edith!
    An additional fun thing to try with this…
    Cast some light above/below/to the side of the dish, with an LED flashlight.
    Also, do the above in a really dark room. You get some really neat effects, and never the same thing twice.

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    February 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm

  11. I saw Rachel’s image too. These are really lovely, Edith. Very different styles. Clearly either Water +Oil, or Oil +Water works well.

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    February 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm

  12. Wow. It is amazing what a camera and a little creativity can do. Thanks for sharing.

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    February 18, 2014 at 8:49 pm

  13. sedge808

    these are stunning.

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    February 18, 2014 at 8:59 pm

  14. These are awesome Edith!! Beautiful colors!! Thanks so much for the mention!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm

  15. Wow…Love it!!!!

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    February 19, 2014 at 4:48 am

  16. Wow, these are really great images, Edith. Looks like a fun project and the results are pretty amazing.

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    February 19, 2014 at 9:16 am

  17. Len

    I really love these images Edith. I really need to try this out.

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    February 19, 2014 at 10:10 am

    • Thanks so much Len. It was a lot of fun. I keep thinking of different backgrounds that I can use. I still want to keep experimenting.

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      February 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm

  18. Fascinating image Edith. I love to experiment but havn’t done too much lately. I think I’ll have to give this a go at some point. Thanks for the inspiration! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

  19. You have been nominated for the blog of the year award if you choose to accept here’s the link http://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/nomination-for-the-blog-of-the-year-award/
    Have a lovely weekend!

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    February 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    • Thank you so much for the nomination. That’s very kind of you and I’m very appreciative.

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      February 19, 2014 at 2:53 pm

  20. These are so cool! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    February 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

  21. fantastic idea!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 20, 2014 at 5:12 am

  22. Very interesting, looks like fun!

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    February 20, 2014 at 4:29 pm

  23. Love it! Thank you for the links!

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    February 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm

  24. Amazing Blog,Nice to meet you,Regards

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    February 22, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    • Thank you so much and thanks for the visit. Your images are beautiful as well.

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      February 22, 2014 at 11:45 pm

  25. Really great image – love the colours! Thanks for sharing Edith ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm

  26. Wow, you did great!

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    February 24, 2014 at 10:18 am

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  29. Since unchanging winter has set in, I’ve been at a loss wondering what to photograph. Your creative photos have inspired me to think simpler. Beautiful job!

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    January 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm

  30. Wow! It looks like a graphic;) I would like to have a simmilar talent to show better jewellery I create… But congratulations:) It’s so pretty and calm…

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    January 10, 2015 at 6:42 pm

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