Scavenger Hunt #35 – Green

A background of green leaves, with a large oil bubble on top, and smaller bubbles inside the large oil bubble.

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.

The “Green” image is one of my favorites for this set. I wanted to experiment with a background that would be recognizable, but that wouldn’t detract from my “abstract” theme. I went for a small walk gathering plane tree and poplar tree leaves, trying to find the most green and vibrant ones I could. I set them up in layers on the table, and put my usual mix of water and oil. For this one, I also wanted the larger bubble to be “softer”, so I didn’t add any dish soap to that picture. The water bowl was also pretty shallow, because I did want the leaves to be recognizable.

I wasn’t convinced I’d get anything until I opened this one, and exclaimed “THERE! THAT’S the look that I want!”. A bit of cropping and processing later, and tada, green was done!

A larger view (uncropped, unedited) of a background of green leaves, with a large oil bubble on top, and smaller bubbles inside the large oil bubble.
CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR
Focal length100 mm
F-NumberF/7.1
Exposure time1/80s
ISO800

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

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
F-NumberF/6.3
Exposure time1/40
ISO200

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

Scavenger Hunt #35 – Orange

A frame full of orange/yellow bubbles. There's a few larger ones, but the majority of them are small and dense.

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.

Orange is one of the pictures where I deviated from the original concept: there’s no water, oil or soap in this picture. Instead, it’s simply orange juice, which I stirred with a small electric milk foamer and let sit until I got the adequate amount and texture of bubbles. Initially, I was a bit annoyed by the fact that I could see my reflection in all the bubbles; a posteriori, I think it adds a bit of texture and fun to them, and it’s not entirely obvious what that triangle is in the final picture. One of the challenges was to avoid for this picture to look a lot like another one in that set that I had shot previously; this was essentially a question of choosing the right setup of bubbles at a moment where they were set in a way that was different enough from the other picture.

A glass full of foamy orange liquid, shot from above.
CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR
Focal length100 mm
F-NumberF/7.1
Exposure time1/160
ISO800

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

Scavenger Hunt #35 – Red

Abstract photography in red tones. There's a larger circle that takes almost the whole square picture; that circle contains numerous small bubbles. Outside of the circle, there's a larger circular arc on the right, also scattered with bubbles, that fades to orange/yellow tones.

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.

For Red, I wanted to see if the color of the liquid made a difference, and what results I could get with a lot of water and no soap to break the oil puddles. I shot over a red t-shirt, and my water had some Campari in it. I don’t think that the color made much difference – if anything, mayyybe in the fact that the bubbles were also red instead of picking the light from the outside, but there’s, at best, weak evidence of that.

The bubbles I liked were very close to the border of the dish, which meant that my edits were somewhat heavy-handed; at the end of the day, I quite like the arc that I managed to get there, it helps selling a planet/sun/space feeling, which was what I was trying to go for with that edit. It still feels like one of the weakest shot of the series – but there had to be one!

A picture of red liquid with three large oil puddles floating on top.
CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR
Focal length100 mm
F-NumberF/4.5
Exposure time1/200
ISO800

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

52Frames – 2022-24 – Shoot From Above

Agitated glacier water (milky blue/green) next to a rock, shot from above.

Another “opportunity shot” last week for 52Frames’ “Shoot From Above” – we visited the Aareschlucht, and so I snapped a few pictures of the water from the bridge above it. The rest of the day, we also went to Sustenpass; the whole album of that day with Moar Pictures is here: Aareschlucht (Meirigen) / Sustenpass – June 2022.

52Frames – 2022-23 – Triangular composition (and more chocolate!)

Cocoa beans and a wooden tool, looking a bit like a wooden rake, to spread them

We went to the Lindt House of Chocolate last week, so obviously I took my camera with me, and I did know that I had a 52Frames “triangular composition” to take care of, if possible. When I saw that tool – used to spread the beans to dry them – I knew I had a good opportunity for that theme. And indeed, it worked out pretty well.

And, if you’re curious, I have extra pictures of that House of Chocolate 😉 It is, incidentally, absolutely worth the visit: the whole museum is very well made, there’s a lot of information presented in many different ways, and there IS a significant amount of chocolate to be eaten too 😉

52Frames – 2022-22 – Everything in Focus

Droplets of water on a black surface

For last week’s 52Frames, the theme was “Everything in Focus”. While I was not particularly trying to work on that theme, I was playing around with another project yesterday and this one caught my eye for this week’s theme. It’s a bunch of droplets over a black background – which happens to be a tablet screen. It’s not the first time I use my tablet as a black background; usually, I’m more interested in its reflective quality; this time around, I was very happy about the behaviour of my water droplets on it.

52Frames – 2022-21 – Inspired by a photographer

Self-portrait. The woman in the image wears a green t-shirt and has a neutral expression; the picture aspect ratio and style refer to a passport-style picture.

For this week’s 52Frames, the theme was “Inspired with a Photographer”, with an extra credit for “… and do that with the first photographer provided by our randomizer”. The randomizer assigned Thomas Ruff to me. One of his most distinctive work is his Portraits series, where he has a series of large dimensioned portrait captured in a passport-like format, with subjects keeping a neutral expression. So, I did that. His pictures also tend to show details that are not necessarily visible in today’s smoother pictures, which I tried to reproduce on this self-portrait too.

I actually have a significant amount of pictures of myself with that expression on my hard drive, because whenever I setup for a self-portrait, the first pictures kind of look like that, always. Normally it makes me cringe; here, it’s part of the brief. Sooooo it’s not my favorite picture of myself, but it’s what I was going for, so there we go 🙂

52Frames – 2022-20 – Abstract

An abstract picture made of stripes (background) and circles (bubbles floating on top); the bubbles refract the background in colorful ways.

The theme for this week’s 52Frames was “Abstract”, so I took the opportunity to experiment with something I’ve been wanting to play with for a while: water/oil bubbles. I put a bunch of water in a transparent dish, added some oil, put that on top of a colored background – and tried my best to get something that was reasonably focused (to be fair, it’s not GREAT.)

For a quick&dirty experiment (which is a lot of what 52Frames is to me these days), this is pretty satisfying – and this definitely gives me ideas for a future project. To be continued…