Yeeesh! Posting a day late on this one. This creative endeavor took place on Monday night. I always seem to forget that when I do a film shoot for my creative thing that I then have an editing project for the next day. This particular piece I had trouble some trouble cutting. Most of my wasted time yesterday was deciding which music to go with it. Then, around 4pm I spent an hour cutting it to the track I chose. Unfortunately, just before 5 final cut crashed and I lost 80% of my work. I had to go home because we were having friends over for dinner and I didn’t get back to editing this until 10pm yesterday (Tuesday) evening. And all this before doing my creative thing for Tuesday.
Anyways, I’ve had this tutorial on photographing soap bubble interference set as a bookmark in my web browser for almost a year and Monday night I decided to give it a shot. In retrospect, I sort of wish that I held off and did it another day because the shoot as a whole was a little hap-hazard. The tutorial recommends creating a 4X5 square from wire and wrapping it in foam for your bubble holder. I opted for a microphone popper-stopper and I bought some foam from Kinkos. My biggest mistake was purchasing this kind of foam which was thick and chunky. It ended up making my bubble misshapen and very drippy in particular sections. It made the interference in my bubble move very fast and erratically.
Secondly, you are supposed to use a nice strong light through a large silk because the camera needs to see the reflection of the silk in the bubble in order to see the colors. I ended up just holding my lightbox up next to the camera which made focusing and finding my shot a challenge.
I would like to retry this project again someday with a better approach because I can definitely see the potential for some beautiful imagery, check out the work of this amazing Romanian photographer and his soap bubble experiments.
My light-box wasn’t extremely bright so I had to boost the ISO really high which brought in a lot of noise. I also filmed everything at 60 frames per second and conformed down to 24 so everything you see in the video is slow motion, believe it or not.
That’s the main thing. I would like to redo this so that I could capture slower more smooth and beautiful movement from the colors.
Below you can see a short video showing some of the better moments from my shoot. The music I ended up choosing was a track from the Monome Community Remix Project V3 by an artist named Saef. The track is called “Family Stones Are Nothing But Family Bones”
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