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Challenge: Puzzle Macro V (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-500D Rebel T1i
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Location: Trespuentes
Date: Jun 27, 2015
Aperture: 11.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/25
Date Uploaded: Jun 28, 2015

Yes, these are just drops of oil and vinegar in a glass of water... ;-) The photo came out of the camera almost as you can see it.

I used Lightroom to rotate, crop, remove some dust particles, add contrast, some darkness and some clarity.
Regarding the equipment I used for the photo, I wanted to get the maximum possible magnification, so I used my Canon EOS-500D + Canon EF 100mm Macro + 2 x Canon EF 25 extension tubes at it's minimum focus distance. So this means that what you see on the photo is no longer than 1 cm (0,4 inch).

The camera was just perpendicular to the surface of the glass of water, this is the reason all the bubbles are in focus. There is a sense of depth due to the different size on the bubbles, but they are all on the surface of the water.

Regarding lighting, I used two speedlites, one on each side of the glass. One of them was lighting the bottom of the glass, and the other the top. I added some gels to the speedlites, as my first idea was to get some nice colors on the bubbles, but it didn't work.

Finally, the most important effect on the photo: the white and black lines on some of the bubbles. I took around 100 different photos. At the beginning I tried to make them in just the middle of the glass of water. There all the photos looked very nice, but the bubbles seemed just bubbles!. Suddenly I realized that in the edge of the glass some very nice effect appeared. The rounded edge of the glass created this black and white lines on the bubbles which were giving them some cosmic appearance. There is not any stripped object around ;-)

Thank you so much for your kind comments, they are much appreciated

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 173
Avg (all users): 6.7416
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 6.5938
Avg (non-participants): 7.1200
Views since voting: 1400
Views during voting: 210
Votes: 89
Comments: 34
Favorites: 1 (view)


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07/10/2015 04:27:58 PM
Fabulous! Just... WOW!

Congratulations on your Red!
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07/10/2015 08:01:35 AM
Wonderful capture, congratulations on your red.
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07/08/2015 08:54:41 AM
Still mind-blowing to me. Should have scored even higher. Thanks for the description of how it was done .
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07/07/2015 10:07:12 AM
I had this pegged as the winner as well. Excellent work and the illusion of depth is just extraordinary!
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07/07/2015 09:53:01 AM
With photos like this, why ever leave your kitchen? excellently done.
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07/06/2015 02:21:03 PM
Congrats on the ribbon. This sure has the "cosmic" feel to it that you mentioned.
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07/06/2015 11:42:31 AM
A very elegant b/w. Excellent capture.
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07/06/2015 11:39:13 AM
try putting either bright fabric or scrap paper (craft printed paper) under the glass...the colors get real interesting. Excellent
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07/06/2015 10:24:48 AM
Probably the best shot of this type I've seen, simple yet complex and congratulations on the Red!
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07/06/2015 08:21:03 AM
This was my favorite, your images are amazing and another credit to add to your work.
Congratulations!
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07/06/2015 08:08:36 AM
Thanks for the explanation. This image really appeals to me and I love the title too. Grats on the red.
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07/06/2015 06:00:39 AM
This is excellent
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07/06/2015 03:49:45 AM
I was certain this would win. Until I saw the ferous fluid. Those shots ALWAYS win :)

But I was right, this did finish almost at the top. Really terrific shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/05/2015 09:59:43 PM
Oil and water; nicely composed and one of my top picks.
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07/05/2015 09:28:18 PM
Really intriguing.
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07/05/2015 09:24:11 PM
Bubbles in a glass object? Whatever it is it's a great image. 10
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07/05/2015 08:36:12 PM
bored marbles
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07/04/2015 11:05:40 PM
very cool
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07/04/2015 10:55:24 PM
Alka seltzer.
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07/03/2015 04:17:19 PM
Kinda, sorta have to admit that I wasn't looking forward to these.
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07/03/2015 10:57:53 AM
Best in show award, congrats
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07/02/2015 09:21:26 PM
drops of water on glass - very well set-up and executed
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07/02/2015 12:18:29 PM
Likely blue. Very, very cool. Clearly oil or some such thing, but the Jovian stripes take this to the next galaxy
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07/01/2015 10:15:13 PM
Really cool. Looks like a bunch of planets.
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06/30/2015 11:18:19 PM
Great title.

Water bubbles on clear surface with striped object behind.
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06/30/2015 03:14:24 PM
fantastic - love it
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06/29/2015 11:09:00 PM
Vastness of space. 9 for me
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06/29/2015 10:42:18 PM
Oil and water
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06/29/2015 06:34:23 PM
VERY COOL
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06/29/2015 06:03:15 PM
Beautiful
Marbles
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06/29/2015 02:53:13 PM
Looks like computer graphics to me
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06/29/2015 02:06:53 PM
Wow, that is insanely cool. I hope photographer notes are filled out for this.
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06/29/2015 08:29:50 AM
I have to admit, this is incredible.
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06/29/2015 12:32:28 AM
Very cool drops shot - excellent focus and clarity and I love the look of the edge of space and the black hole or something. Definitely cosmic for me.
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