This damned cold weather is keeping me cooped up inside and I need to find more ways to keep myself busy, lest I rot on a couch. I tried out some other macro photography this weekend. This time it was images of bubbles floating on a piece of glass. However, it was not quite the effect that I was looking for as the lighting proved to be difficult. A soap bubble acts like a 180 degree mirror and regular lights would show up as white dots and nearby objects and the room are reflected in the bubble. I attempted to circumvent these difficulties by creating a setup that would use a diffused lighting source and the camera had to be a few meters away so it would not to be reflected in the bubble.
My setup consisted of an 8″x10″ glass plate placed on top of a black cloth, a light tent raised about 12cm on top of some books and an off-camera flash bounced inside the light tent. The camera was aimed under the gap between the light tent and the table. I had to use a close focusing telephoto so the camera was not too close to be obviously reflected in the bubble. These shots were taken in a darkened room.
Now I need some sunny and warmer weather so I can get my butt outside and do some street photography!