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What life is made of...



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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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
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TJKruse's avatar

Just so good. I am working on a special Yinyang project so this really is inspirational.