[Photo] Amazing Photograph Series Of A Soap Bubble Popping

"I was looking for new things to photograph and I just thought the bubbles looked beautiful and with a bit of luck I managed to get one mid burst," said Richard Heeks.

"One day I was so absorbed in the project I didn't notice a group of builders watching me. I think I must have looked a bit of an idiot, but maybe they thought it was fascinating. Who knows, because I got embarrassed and scuttled back into the house."

Photographer Richard Heeks, from Exeter, used a fast shutter speed of 1/500th of a second and chose a perfect wind-free day so nothing would disturb his shoot, while his wife Sarah provided the all-important finger.
A bubble is made up of three layers - one thin layer of water sandwiched between two layers of soap molecules.
As Mrs Heeks's finger breaks the surface tension, the perfect sphere is replaced by a round mass of soapy droplets which dissolve into the air. And the bubble is gone.
Mr Heeks, a student, used a macro camera to get in close and had to wait patiently for a windless day.
He even had to find a sheltered spot in his garden so any sudden gust would not disturb the shoot.

via Daily Mail

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Alexander Solorzano S's picture

Oh wow! I love this too! What's up with the noise on the left side? High ISO?

Lee -- I don't think that's noise, I think that's imperfections on the surface of the bubble (ie, microscopic bubbles or dust)

Wow I love that one too. Did you strobe it?

these shots kind of take me back to the water droplet experiments every photographer did at one point - i like the twist though :)

Fast shutter speed of 1/500?  Faster please :)

I was wondering why it wasn't faster myself. I'm shocked 1/500 was fast enough to get this. 

Cool but you could improve the sharpness and clarity ten-fold by shooting against black and then back lighting the bubbles with a PauI Buffs Einstein flash head.

Cool but you could improve the sharpness and clarity ten-fold by shooting against a black background and then back lighting the bubbles with a (Paul Buffs) Einstein flash head.

James's picture

... what you waiting for ?!

A big pay day :)

This is very cool, but I do have a question -- these images appear to be consecutive.  Aside from the progressive collapse of the bubble, the reflection of the tree and window on the left side of the bubble seem to match perfectly.  Seeing that the bubble pops in a fraction of a second I would think it would be hard to capture the progressive collapse unless you were shooting video.... are these stills lifted from video? Thoughts?

At the very least the final image doesn't appear that it can be sequential with the previous three as the angle of the finger is radically different.