Photographing Bubbles

Who doesn’t love bubbles? There is something so relaxing about blowing bubbles. Today, this fact inspired me to try my hand at capturing bubbles in flight. Now, I will say that it wasn’t nearly as easy as I had anticipated.


First I made some bubble solution aka bubble juice. I could have gone to the dollar store and picked up some ready-made bubble solution, but where would the fun be in that? So, it was off to the web to find a recipe. I found dozens of recipes, but which one to use? I went this one because it was simple and I had all of the ingredients on hand.

National WIldlife Federation Bubble Recipe
from NWF Backyard Buddies

1/4 cup liquid dishwashing detergent
3/4 cup cold water
5 drops of glycerin

The recipe worked fairly well, but I think I’ll buy some commercial bubble solution for the next photoshoot. Apparently, distilled water is preferred, but I used tap water since I didn’t have any distilled water on hand.

I discovered that a photo partner would have come in very handy. Someone to make bubbles, while the other one shoots, and then trade places.

Below are two of the shots that I was able to produce. The first photo makes me think of a distant gas giant of a planet. The second photo is a composite which allowed me to add the detail in the airborne bubble from a bubble that I photographed closer to the ground that contained a lot more colourful reflections.
If you wish to seem more photos from this photoshoot, please view my bubbles album on (opens in a new tab.)

bubble-closeup  bubble5


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