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Daily Deviation
October 6, 2009
Suggester wrote: "The colors, depth, and bokeh of Dark Bubbles by =jvrichardson are exquisitely beautiful!"
Featured by dandelgrosso
Suggested by XenoPhotography
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Dark Bubbles

:trophy: I am so honored to have received a DD on this :love:

Macro bubbles.

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See also: [Macro Universe]

Edits made in Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Adobe Lightroom II.

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Canon Rebel XTi/400D
60mm Macro Lens
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Image size
1200x800px 451.17 KB
Shutter Speed
1/60 second
Focal Length
60 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Sep 30, 2008, 8:31:05 AM
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biz3's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Bubbles. This deviation from the works of =jvrichardson is nothing more, nothing less, than a bunch of water bubbles.

It's the sort of thing that, by itself, forms something bland and uninteresting - you don't take a bowl of water, trickle in a few drops of soap, blow bubbles in it with a straw and call that a piece of art. Yet this is is: the artist here has managed to do one thing that a lot of artists will likely try at some point, and probably fail to do; take something that by itself wakes absolutely no real fascination or brilliance, and turn it into something that just makes you stop and look - maybe even think - just for the moment.

A meaning behind it you might find if you absolutely insist on trying hard enough, but regardless of whether one or not one can actually be bothered to do so, the fact still remains that this here is something grudgingly ordinary turned into something interesting and beautiful.

And that, all by itself, is art.
jvrichardson's avatar
Thank you for your critique!

These were bubbles from a dirty dishes pile in my sink last year. I had bought my new 60mm Macro about 20 minutes earlier and couldn't wait to try it out, and these were extremely tiny bubbles that seemed perfect at the time.

Amazing that so many ended up enjoying it!
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Well, you're welcome.
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:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I find this picture really striking and beautiful, indeed the colours fake the effect of bubbles, which resemble pebbles. Its feeling is one of utmost smoothness and the dark tones instead of glooming it, they make it stand out even more. And that is indeed a great thing.
However I must admit that I find myself a little unhappy about how the blur seems to change so suddenly. At the bottom and top is very intense while in the middle isn't really present: particularly, I think the one at the top is too much. The light specks are so detailed, while the bubbles not even visible.
Overall, it is outstanding and hits the eye; I had to stare at it for a while before noticing what actually made me slightly frown.
Congratulations on the DD and a big thumbsup from me. Originality is 4 because let's face it, bubbles are everwhere; it's not at 3 as initially wanted it to, because they really do seem pebbles and that is not so common.

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Thank you for your critique!

So many people think they are pebbles at first glance. Part of the reason I had received a DD on this photograph was because of the bokeh surrounding the bubbles, and I find it interesting that someone else thought that same thing to be a distraction as opposed to a compliment to the subject!
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Oh yes, I noticed how many commented on that particular fact of it. Actually, I remember seeing the picture while browsing the DDs one day and I had thought the same. :)
And yes, it's really interesting; to me, it would be perfect if it wasn't so intense as it is now... but it makes me smile how people may think differently, so I don't mind. It still remains a beautiful piece of art.
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may i use this as a background on my blog?
jvrichardson's avatar
Unfortunately this photograph is not available for download/free use at this time. Usually backgrounds with super high contrast like this one make it difficult to choose a font that everyone can read, at least I always have a hard time with it :) This one was going to be a background of mine but I never liked any font colors on top of it.

I appreciate your interest though :heart:
ShiguneMatsui297's avatar
I love bubbles, especially when I pop them!
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:iconshtrumphx: has featured this photograph here.
Tanzchai's avatar
=D I love this is had a really fun feel to it. I like the way the light works and bounces from everything. The mix of focus and slight blurring adds to it all =)
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=Segnoz has featured this photo here.
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This image has been featured here [link] :#1:
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