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08/10/2015 04:16:16 PM · #1

As I am stuck indoors and a bit fed up I am hoping to try to make bubbles for photography and only have my Canon ESQ 700D can I do this on Macro mode I do not own a tripod
what solution mix keeps the bubbles nice and round I have tried oil and water and Glycerin and washing up liquid
I would appreciate some feed back Thanks in advance /Sally
08/10/2015 04:18:06 PM · #2
the solution doesn't keep bubbles round, physics does.
08/10/2015 04:40:29 PM · #3
Originally posted by Mike:

the solution doesn't keep bubbles round, physics does.

true enough Professor. how about this then:
Originally posted by what train apparently should have said:

what solution mix will keep the surface tension high enough that contact with objects will not cause immediate rupturing of the membrane?


Message edited by author 2015-08-10 16:40:42.
08/10/2015 04:46:12 PM · #4
Sally, will wait and watch for replies as well.

My bubbles are normally made with just washing up liquid using a straw. I drop drops into them so they don't stay bubbles for long.
08/10/2015 04:47:15 PM · #5
"Dawn" brand detergent is the go-to for most bubble recipes I've seen.

Making the bubbles smaller than maximum size should leave the wall thicker and more robust.

To keep bubbles from popping immediately make sure the "landing spot" is already wet with water or (preferably) more bubble-blow solution.

You might want to look for a copy of this book. Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_502291.jpg
08/10/2015 04:51:50 PM · #6
Originally posted by RyanW:

Originally posted by Mike:

the solution doesn't keep bubbles round, physics does.

true enough Professor. how about this then:
Originally posted by what train apparently should have said:

what solution mix will keep the surface tension high enough that contact with objects will not cause immediate rupturing of the membrane?


oh it was a chemistry question :)

try adding a sugar polymer-

3 parts water
1 part liquid dishwashing detergent
1/2 part white corn syrup

Message edited by author 2015-08-10 16:52:25.
08/10/2015 05:36:38 PM · #7
I'd like to ask this Bubble Lady what she uses.
08/10/2015 06:00:57 PM · #8
The commercial bubble solutions work pretty well. Cheaper and faster than experimenting...

08/10/2015 11:21:04 PM · #9
I brought bubbles at a dollar store and it stayed long enough to capture this, it was long lasting bubbles in a tube

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But a lot I make myself but I use a different recipe amount but I added some , but same as what Mike uses..

These make huge long lasting bubbles and they are really fun to play with, I now make them with my friends kids and my nephews/neices

6 cups water
1/2 cup blue Dawn dish detergent (must be blue dawn)
1/2 cup corn starch
1 tbsp baking powde
1 tbsp Glycerine

Message edited by author 2015-08-10 23:24:06.
08/11/2015 12:12:57 PM · #10
Here's a guy having some success with an inside set-up. (the guy in the glasses, link is "how to photograph bubbles")

Message edited by author 2015-08-11 12:13:52.
08/11/2015 02:30:00 PM · #11
Originally posted by train:

As I am stuck indoors and a bit fed up...

Hey, Sally, long time no see! We've missed your pictures around here...
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