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Frozen Soap Bubble Makes For Gorgeous Macro Images

By Hanssie on January 13th 2016

It’s been uncharacteristically cold the last few weeks here in Southern California. Maybe 45 degrees isn’t *that* cold to some of you (go ahead and laugh), but for us on the West Coast where an average of 70 degrees year round is the norm, we’ve been freezing our butts off. A few mornings in the days leading up to Christmas, frost could be seen on the cars, and a blanket of snow covered our mountain ranges far off in the horizon.

Winter yields many opportunities to capture some gorgeous winter-themed images; even here where the temperate weather rarely deviates. For instance, this sunrise image was taken with my iPhone during my morning run last week after the major rainstorms. The sun shining on the big fluffy storm clouds made the scene look like a painting.


Not your typical winter-y pictures, but you have to work with what you’ve got, right? Of course, I would have no idea what to do at -15 Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit). One Polish photographer, while trying to convince his daughter to put on her jacket in the cold weather, was inspired to make the following video with bubbles to illustrate to her just how cold it was.

Paul Zaluska captured the gorgeous frozen bubbles with his Canon EOS 6D, Canon 24-70mm f2.8L and a Canon Extension Tube. As you can imagine, it’s not simple to capture a frozen soap bubble. Zaluska explains that it’s difficult to be patient because it’s freezing cold outside and the delicate bubbles break very easily. Only 5-10% of the bubbles didn’t immediately break, but Zaluska says all the effort “was worth it because now that [his] daughter has seen it, winter is magic for her.”

You can see a similar method as well as how it’s done in this article. See more of Paul Zaluska’s work on his website here.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Ashley Wallace

    You can also use a corn syrup/dish soap mixture and the bubbles don’t pop as easily. I’ve done this a few times and it’s still tedious but they are a little less delicate.

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  2. Ralph Hightower

    This is interesting! I hope it doesn’t get that cold in South Carolina, but we have been in the teens. They used extension tubes, but I wonder if I could use my bellows on my A-1 or F-1N.

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  3. Paul Empson

    Like the bubbles, ice looks great in macro…
    nice golden hour shot at the beach..

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    • Hanssie

      Thanks! It was worth getting up at 6 am in the freezing cold…

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