Scavenger Hunt #35 – Yellow

A trail of bubbles over a yellow/golden background. The image give the impression of yellow craters on a golden surface.

The 35th Scavenger Hunt had a very colorful theme, because there’s all colors of the rainbow in it, and then some. It took me a while to manage to find a way to get a set of pictures that would look like a proper set. My first idea was to try to do something around food photography; some of the colors dissuaded me. I finally landed on the idea of doing something I had wanted to do for a long time: playing with water and oil and soap to make BUBBLES. Not all the pictures have all these components, but I tried to keep a uniting “bubbles/droplets” theme while trying to provide some variation on the technique to get cohesive, but different images.

Yellow is the first image that I shot. I wasn’t completely sure yet whether my idea would pan out, whether I’d manage to make anything more than a picture or two, but I made the leap, with a strong “I will at least submit one picture for this Hunt”. As first picture, I followed what the internets were saying for that kind of pictures: get a transparent dish, add some water, more or less depending on how much you want to see the texture of the glass and the background below it; add some oil and a bit of dish soap to make the bubbles mor crisp. For a first attempt, it worked beyond my expectations. I was initially playing with a fan of different yellow papers below the transparent dish, and I noticed that the best result was with the gold piece of paper I had there, so that’s the only one I kept. I took many pictures with different illuminations, and I liked the sharpness and shape of this one. Some editing later, I had my first Hunt picture for Yellow!

Bowl of water with bubbles on top of a yellow foil. The picture is underexposed.
CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR
Focal length100 mm
Exposure time1/40

The complete Scavenger album is available here: the Yellow album.

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