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My name is Helen and I am a Photographer living in England. I started this Blog on the day that my Grandma died, three months after my Father died and several weeks before a third funeral. Initially it was a very personal way to stay connected to the people I'd lost and it helped, it really did. But writing and taking pictures everyday has opened back up a creative side that I had lost during the everyday. A big thank you to my followers, to those who take the time to comment and to new visitors, I hope we will become Blog friends too...

Thursday, 22 September 2011

a fun project - bubble light trails

We had a wale of a time at the photography club I run last night, trying to capture shots of bubbles being blown against a black cloth background. We turned off the lights and shone two small spotlights onto the space.
Our 'bubble blower' started to blow and we all expected to capture perfectly round bubbles with pretty colours on them but that wasn't what we got!

Our cameras struggled to pick out the bubbles at all and instead focused on the colours, causing some amazing patterns to appear on the pictures.

After a lot of faffing with settings and ISOs we got the hang of it and spent a good hour snapping, laughing and playing, with lovely results (and a bit of a mess!)

My camera is a Sony 550 with an 18 to 55 lens, which I found worked best to capture these shots on an ISO of 1600 or 3200 and an f stop of 5.6
Our bubble blower got very wet (and tired) so I'd recommend one of those toy bubble machines if your going to do it for any length of time.


  1. Love these shots...especially the 3rd from top.

  2. thank you! I certainly didn't expect to get such lovely patterns when we started, so a very happy accident!