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Blair McDougall
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« on: September 17, 2010, 07:51:48 AM »
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I was fooling around a few weeks ago and trying something different.
These are a couple of my Fav's.
Hope you like.
Blair
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2010, 07:59:53 AM »
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I do like them, quite original. I know the anti-crop police will jump on me for saying this, but both images would benefit from cropping to an 8x10 ratio, or perhaps even a square one.
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2010, 08:19:01 AM »
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I miss the fairy inside the bubble on the first picture.
Is it invisible?  Wink
I like the idea and prefer the first image of both.
I also believe you can do much more out of it.
So I'd be curious to see more experimenting with the soap.
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2010, 09:06:23 AM »
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I like them both, but #2 is a classically beautiful shot.
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2010, 03:18:18 PM »
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I do like them, quite original. I know the anti-crop police will jump on me for saying this, but both images would benefit from cropping to an 8x10 ratio, or perhaps even a square one.

Thanks Slobodan..It's funny that you say that since I've been shooting these with my G10 (mostly at arm's length and running) which is that ratio. But for the last few years  I have been working  exclusively in 2:3 and just naturally cropped them that way. However I kind of like the space beneath the bubble in #2 with this ratio.


I miss the fairy inside the bubble on the first picture.
Is it invisible?  Wink
I like the idea and prefer the first image of both.
I also believe you can do much more out of it.
So I'd be curious to see more experimenting with the soap.

Thank-you Christoph..It does seem to have a magical feeling to it...Being somewhat OCD I am planning to do a lot more of these, they're fun and totally serendipitous. I have made a large pitcher of solution and am always looking for different opportunities, even when I should be doing other things.... Grin

I like them both, but #2 is a classically beautiful shot.

Thanks pop...That is what attracted me to #2. To me it's very clean and simple and seems to have more to it because of that.
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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2010, 12:32:13 AM »
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Nicely done!  Of course now that you've gotten started you'll have to go to http://www.klutz.com and get a 'Bubble Thing'.

Mike.
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2010, 08:57:28 AM »
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Nicely done. Continue to work with this concept! You could put together a very interesting show of soap bubbles showing up against differing backgrounds. The first one is great. Do much the same at a field of flowers, at a public market, near a marina,  against fresh snow and so on. The combination makes for highly surreal combinations that seduces the viewer into appreciating heterogeneous elements combined by circumstance.

Definitely run with this idea for a  while
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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2010, 09:02:17 PM »
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there are endless possibilities in those bubbles.

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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2010, 08:39:07 AM »
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Nicely done!  Of course now that you've gotten started you'll have to go to http://www.klutz.com and get a 'Bubble Thing'.

Mike.

Thanks for the link Wolf..Yeah, I can see this going on for a while yet... Smiley

Nicely done. Continue to work with this concept! You could put together a very interesting show of soap bubbles showing up against differing backgrounds. The first one is great. Do much the same at a field of flowers, at a public market, near a marina,  against fresh snow and so on. The combination makes for highly surreal combinations that seduces the viewer into appreciating heterogeneous elements combined by circumstance.

Definitely run with this idea for a  while


Thank-you Justan...You're totally right and living in the country I'll have lots to work with. Apparently at -25C they will freeze..!!


there are endless possibilities in those bubbles.

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Yes there are Michael and a ton of fun as well...


Here is another one...its not my first choice but its a learning process.....Thanks for all your comments.
Blair


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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2010, 02:35:57 PM »
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Blair, I find this last one great.

Because it helped me see something. A principle. You could really do magic with these bubbles:
To me the bubble looks like an alien spaceship, or a magical fairy bubble, or a brownie vessel, whatsever.
So - you have a sort of foreign observer or witness to things, once the bubble appears.
I believe, if you take common scenes, street shots and other with a bubble in them, you change the whole scene.

The last image could be just a simple shot of a dog and some stuff.
But the bubble changes it.
Why is the bubble there ?
What is it thinking about the dog?
What does the dog think about the bubble?

You opened a door !
Great stuff!
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« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2010, 04:15:36 PM »
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The subjective power of our minds:  I see a fairy creature putting her hand/wing to her mouth in the green plant just left of the bubble in the first image.  Quite a magical image.

Unfortunately, I also see an unpleasant connection between the dog and the bubble in the last image, making me wonder why you fed your dog soap.  ; )
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« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2010, 01:52:57 PM »
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Unfortunately, I also see an unpleasant connection between the dog and the bubble in the last image, making me wonder why you fed your dog soap.  ; )
You have a jolly peculiar mind, Sir!

However, now you've mentioned it, I can't get the thought out of my head. Damn.

Jeremy
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« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2010, 07:58:51 PM »
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there's no end to what a "mere" bubble can "look like"




shot this last saturday
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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2010, 08:52:06 PM »
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Very nice, Michael!

Mike.
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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2010, 09:25:08 PM »
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Thank you. Racing back and forth with a short zoom paid off.
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« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2010, 01:00:29 AM »
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Great !
Thats the kind of stuff I was hoping for !
More, more, more ..... Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2010, 06:58:29 AM »
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Blair, I find this last one great.

Because it helped me see something. A principle. You could really do magic with these bubbles:
To me the bubble looks like an alien spaceship, or a magical fairy bubble, or a brownie vessel, whatsever.
So - you have a sort of foreign observer or witness to things, once the bubble appears.
I believe, if you take common scenes, street shots and other with a bubble in them, you change the whole scene.

The last image could be just a simple shot of a dog and some stuff.
But the bubble changes it.
Why is the bubble there ?
What is it thinking about the dog?
What does the dog think about the bubble?

You opened a door !
Great stuff!

Thank-you Christoph....My first evening shooting I was intrigued by the colours and the natural behaviour of them, as when I was a child.
Quickly it evolved into incorporating them with my surroundings then trying to create a story or feeling behind the shot. Basically
shooting blind and with an average of 15 seconds to compose,set exposure, focus and shoot (as I mentioned I was using my G10 with a wicked delay on the trigger) while the wind took the bubbles wherever was quite the endeavour and as I keep saying, fun ( as I'm sure Michael has found). Only the second shot was planned (somewhat). It's a great exercise with ever evolving  changes in light and perceptions.The bubbles can be anything you want really. I guess it depends on the relationship you assign to it's environment.
I like the dog shot because it portrays a sense of menace whereas the first one Fairy shot one seems more magical while the second sky shot, more alien.


The subjective power of our minds:  I see a fairy creature putting her hand/wing to her mouth in the green plant just left of the bubble in the first image.  Quite a magical image.

Unfortunately, I also see an unpleasant connection between the dog and the bubble in the last image, making me wonder why you fed your dog soap.  ; )

Thanks Colorwave...That's what I mean by it's serendipitous nature. I was running with my camera at arm's length 3 inches off the ground trying to squeeze a shot off before the bubble broke or I ran into another tree. I didn't see the fairy creature in the shot until I got home....
As far as Jackson (the dog) he's fine...Way too smart to be biting into them....But come to think of it, what a shot that could be... Grin

Thanks for your encouragement and comments...I also urge anybody with some soap to go have some fun
Take Care
Blair

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« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2010, 07:00:27 AM »
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Thank you. Racing back and forth with a short zoom paid off.

I agree with Wolf, nice shot.....Fun isn't it.. Grin
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« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2010, 07:57:50 AM »
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Blair, I say too that you need to/ should run with this idea. The options seem endless from what I can see.   
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« Reply #19 on: September 22, 2010, 10:12:30 PM »
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I agree with Wolf, nice shot.....Fun isn't it.. Grin

I would have missed a lot if I'd forgegone my sixth session of photographing the local bubblemakers latest work.

Well worth the effort and quite exhilarting.

Thank you
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