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What life is made of...

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Edit : This received such a warm welcome I'm overwhelmed with comments and faves... I really cannot reply to you all for now but I read all your comments and I'd like to thank you all for your kind support and messages. I'll try to answer all questions as soon as possible :hug:
Thank you very much!!!

I DID IT !!!! I finally managed to make that bubbly thingie look good!!! :la:
*now I'm off to take some aspirin* :slow:

Countless tries at making the "perfect yin-yang" finally paid off. To be honest I thought I'd NEVER succeed but the strawberry syrup added to my usual dish liquid soap + water + oil somehow made the bubbles "dry" and they didn't burst. Yay !!!

I spent around 40 minutes just creating this shape then added the big bubble in the end to avoid it bursting. I failed at least 10 times but the last attempt looks good (I'd say I've spent at least 10 hours trying to make this from my very first try to this final one... this includes the previous photo-sessions I didn't show up here as they were really crappy ^^;).

There are of course things that could be perfected but it looks good enough to me not to want to try again.
I slightly darkened the background to remove the "oil blobs shine", there were some tiny distracting dots on the black parts, especially under the heart (nothing major, it didn't even show on dark monitors but I prefer this clean version).

The shape is NOT edited. I could have done so but it would have been somehow "too easy" and I wanted to challenge myself.

About the title : life is made of bright and dark things (yin-yang), contrast, balance, life is created by love but most of all, life is fragile and short... I thought bubbles could fit the theme well as they usually last only some seconds then burst, not sure it's very obvious though (plus they look like cells, which is quite cool).
Some people told me this image had some kind of "sexual"connotation. That wasn't planned but it fits the theme too so that's a nice coincidence :)

Canon EOS 350D
Canon EF-S USM 60mm macro lens
Soap + oil + water + strawberry syrup in a black plate
Many tools such as a small syringe without needle, a tablespoon and a knife to burst the bubbles which were too big.

More bubbles :

Others :

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Image size
746x746px 304.58 KB
Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Focal Length
60 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 14, 2010, 12:19:18 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh
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:star::star::star::star: Overall
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The image is very good but the text explaining is just totally surrealist !

You are the first soap bubble artist in the curved yin-yang space-time...

It's definitively very interesting conceptual art; simple yet complex, real yet crazy/genius. It's not easy to do something new with old stuff but all kids make bubbles so it's déjà vu, same with the yin-yang symbol - very old stuff.

Yet this is a new icon, well done !

The only unfortunate part, I guess, is that the original art work just vanished after the photo. May be you should try with fiberglass bubbles...

Keep it up and enjoy life
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DianePhotosProfessional Photographer
Thanks a lot for your feedback! I actually like the fact it vanished after the photo as it's part of the concept too but I must admit it was also some kind of frustrating after so much work (the small bubbles lasted for over 3 hours but the big one burst after 30 seconds).
And using very cliché stuff to make something different was something I had in mind for a long time but I didn't know what to do until I saw these light bubbles in this dark plate... :)

Thanks again!
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Wow, incredible use off soap  :D   Beautiful! 
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This one might be one of the best pics I've ever seen on DA.

Perfectly done.
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that is absolutely amazing! Especially since it's not edited! Superkudo's for this shot.
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Incredible ;)
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This is amazing!!!!!! :clap: 
EXCELLENT work here :clap: bravo!! :clap: :heart:
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i dun get it... life is made from bubbly soap water and some type of black background? or is it supposed to be shaped like a fat-headed sperm made from bubbles? dunno.....
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nice job :+fav:
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Wow, this is very creative. :)
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I like how some of the tiny bubbles are creaping into the Yin side :)
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Full effort poetry, which comes so easily. It's lovely!
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amazing! congratz ;)
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Really an amazing take on the tai ji symbol, especially with the heart-shape in the black area. Closing the circle would have spoiled the effect, so it is cool that you let the viewer do the rest of the work in finishing the image.
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this is, without a doubt, one of the best photographs I've ever seen done in my life!!! I'm extremely impressed with how you did this. I'm absolutely in love with this piece! very very well done!
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I thought it was a modified pic but after reading the explanation I was like O.O !!!!!! I didn't think that there would be kind of art like this! Congratulations to you! I was totally astonished!!!
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Oh wow this is so beautiful!!!!!! Stunning job!!!! :iconclapplz:
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