A sheet of soap solution suspended in a rectangular wire holder just ready to burst - part of the Bursting Bubble Portfolio.

Bursting Bubbles

Here is something a little different: portraits of bursting bubbles! We have been working in our studio to capture photographs of the moment a bubble bursts. 

Portfolio of Bursting Bubbles

Here is a portfolio of some of our bursting bubbles. Scroll down for more information about how these photos were made.

More information about these examples

Compound bursting bubbles

One of our first experiments was to blow bubbles inside a specially-designed light box with a camera positioned over the top, looking into the light box. The results were great. We got many shots of compound bubbles.

Single bursting bubbles using an air rifle pellet

Using a long, tubular light box, we we suspended a bubble from the ceiling of the light box and used a pellet shot from an air rifle to burst it. To ensure that the camera caught the precise moment the bubble burst, we programmed an Arduino device to control the camera and speed lights. This device triggered the lights and camera a specified number of milliseconds after detecting the release of the compresses air.

Single bursting bubbles using compressed air

Once again, using a long, tubular light box, we we suspended a bubble from the ceiling of the light box and used the compressed air from an air rifle to burst it.  The Arduino device triggered the speed lights and camera a specified number of milliseconds after detecting the sound of the pellet being fired.

Bursting bubble sheets using compressed air

We made a rectangular frame and dipped it in our special bubble solution. Then, we suspended the frame in front of a black background. Once again, we used an Arduino device to trigger the speed lights and the camera a specified number of milliseconds after detecting the release of gas from the air rifle.

Bursting Bubble Compositions

Finally, we played around with using our bubbles in various compositions. A few, we put into simulated frames with mats.

Purchasing our photographs

To purchase a license or print of any of these photos, please contact us using the contact form to the right. Here is more information about the costs of fine art prints,

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