Once upon a time, there were two intrepid photographers that thought it would be SUPER fun to photograph frozen bubbles. After all, last winter, a short experiment in this type of project was pretty successful for one of us, and we thought, hey wouldn’t it be fun to go all out and do a dual frozen bubbles tutorial.

Well, let me tell you how it really ended up going down (so you can learn from our mistakes…spoiler alert…we DID finally have some success).

We ventured out in our full winter gear (with hot coffee and Baileys) to capture the ice crystals on frozen bubbles.  We had all these plans where we were going to set up our bubbles and capture the really cool pics with various scenes.  We were quickly disappointed…we couldn’t get a single bubble to land and freeze!  After a couple of hours we grudgingly gave up and decided to try again Saturday am when the wind was projected to be a lot calmer.  Kim did a few on her on Friday evening, and Julie did the same on Saturday evening.

First, we learned that indeed, you need it to be VERY cold. We were working in cold temps, but at the warmer end of the suggested range (it is recommended to shoot at no warmer than -11 C and we were shooting in about -13 down to -16 C). So our bubbles didn’t freeze as quickly as we would have liked.

Then, we realized that the recommendation to work with as little breeze or wind as possible was actually very VERY important…just ask us how many bubbles blew off over the roof tops before we could see any freezing.

My friends, we tried this experiment THREE TIMES in one weekend (yes, we were going to the mat for you, so you can learn how to do this too…showing you, warts and all, what it takes…you are welcome).

We had help from Kim’s very patient daughter (she was far more patient than the adults, that is for sure. And she mastered the bubble blowing techniques because of that patience…and her presence caused Julie to not set a bad example by swearing a lot about the whole thing).

We tried many types of wands.  Kim’s daughter used a regular bubble wand. Eventually Julie found some good luck using a simple straw. The bubbles were smaller, but they lasted a bit longer.

Here are some of our results (we have the “recipe” for you after the pretty bubbles):

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Copyright Kim Coffin Photography

Copyright Kim Coffin Photography

Copyright Kim Coffin Photography

We both used some different lenses for a variety of looks. Julie stuck with her 50 mm 2.5 macro. Kim used her 85 mm. Both used a Canon Mark II (not that the camera really matters). The plan was to also take some images with an iphone, to show what you could do with ANY camera, but the frustrations we encountered with the weather, the wind, the bubbles not freezing OR flying away to high OR popping too fast…well, it didn’t happen. (note: experiment will be repeated now that we have the kinks worked out and we WILL shoot some with our phones).

Here is the “recipe”:

Bubble Scroll

 

Now, how about some behind the scenes photos!

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Kim
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Patient and expert bubble blower

 

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The resulting photo from tipping over

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We never did get a bubble to land from the air and freeze on its own, however Ryan quickly observed that if she put a little bubble juice down on the snow in advance and blew the bubble really close, (see image above) almost setting it on the snow, most of the time it worked and we had a bubble that lasted anywhere from 30 seconds to a couple of minutes. 

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Our only iPhone pic!  Taken at the very beginning of our venture, when we thought we could get some amazing photographs in under an hour!

We hope you give this photography project a go. And get your kids involved…seriously, they will be VERY into this whole thing (and there is even “science” involved so it’s fun AND educational!)

 

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Julie Tauro is a Kitchener Waterloo photographer and the owner  at Tauro Photography. Tauro Photography has been providing photography services for families in the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge since 2002. She considers herself to be a beauty seer, button pusher, paper lover, and is always looking for some fun amidst the chaos

Kim Coffin ~ Crazy Busy Mom & Waterloo Photographer at Kim Coffin Photography; www.kimcoffinphotography.com