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Old 01-16-2017   #1
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We rarely get such cold temperatures here in the Willamette Valley, but it;s been cold and snowy and icy here for a week. I experimented for several days with freezing bubbles with a mixture of dish soap, water, and corn syrup. I had a gray day, a night time shoot and a night shoot with a candle backlighting the bubbles. These are a few of the ones I took.
















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These are great and what an interesting subject matter! The 1st and 4th are my favourites. What set up did you use for the 4th?


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Literally just luck on that one. It got away from me and I just took shots as it floated off. The rest I used a straw to blow the bubble on a large flower pot that was covered in snow, set up an led flashlight, or candle to get different lighting. My grandson was here, so it was a fun experiment to do with him on this cold spell.
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These are terrific. #1 and #4 sing to me in particular, too.
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Agree with others that it is a neat idea and experiment, so good on you (and your grandson) to give it a go. I can also agree with the others that #1 is interesting, but #4 is the best one and makes one wonder "how"....
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Thank you, DK and Mr. Pickles. I have tried this before, but this time it was colder so more successful. It was about 10. The crystals form quickly so you are basically shooting blind until you look at what you shot. I probably shot 25 to get one good one. You start shooting as soon as you place the bubble on the cold surface. Crystals start and you keep shooting till it pops. When it pops it leaves a frozen skin.
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So what is the "bubble recipe"? Ratios of each ingredient....
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I used 3 cups of water, a cup of Dawn dish soap, and a half cup of light Karo Syrup. If I would have had glycerin, I would have added a teaspoon, but it worked without it. I used a big straw to make the bubble so I could place them. You get a lot of popped ones, and then one that stays. I'd probably use a tripod if I did it again. Don't use flash. A side light or back light is best.
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You can also use regular store bought bubble mix, just add a teaspoon of the Karo Syrup and another squirt of dish soap to it. Add a little more if the bubbles pop too fast.
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A frozen popped bubble shell.


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