12.27.2019 Bubbles on Ice

No fog or frog this day but Friday frozen foam and bubbles.

I sought and I found…frozen bubbles in Harvard Pond. Actually a bit downstream from the dam on the west side.  I had some luck there last year and thought that despite the thaw we were experiencing there might be some refreeze.

I guessed correctly

It was a bit of a challenge deciding where to place the plane of focus as there were a couple of strata with bubbles.  Apparently there have been a few thaw/freeze days and each time more bubbles were captured.  I decided to go with the deeper level as those were the larger and more interesting.

Once again, in order to achieve widest focus I had to be directly above and parallel to the subject which made placement of the tripod legs a bit risky. And, me being me, I gently tapped what was probably the best composition and had to sadly watch it float away.

But there were others such as the above and this.

It really is a lot of fun picking out the shapes for the more interesting abstracts.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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31 Responses to 12.27.2019 Bubbles on Ice

  1. You’re really on a roll with all these great ice abstractions. Glad to see you’re giving the cold weather a run for its money.

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  2. Ms. Liz says:

    Bubbles are fun! Great photos 🙂

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  3. Great Ice Abstracts Steve! Love seeing them!

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  4. shoreacres says:

    In the first photo, the two big clusters of bubbles look like they’re emerging from the ‘cauldron’ near the bottom of the image — the round, ’empty’ space with the really big bubble over it. But that second image made me laugh the first time I saw it, and I’m still laughing. It looks for all the world like a cardinal or a tufted titmouse with a thought bubble over its head.

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    • It’s funny how there were bubbles upon bubbles with the different layers of ice. I hadn’t seen the birds you mention, but the shape reminds me of a horse or rabbit with a thought bubble. Glad you got a chuckle out of this. I like my images to make people smile and once in awhile laugh.

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  5. I am extremely envious that you have things like this to photograph. Never going to find this in my part of California.

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  6. Ann Mackay says:

    I love those bubbles and they seem very appropriate for New Year!

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Very cool (pun!) abstracts, Steve. Ice is endlessly fascinating this time of year.

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  8. Vicki says:

    Love these ice abstractions. Such amazing patterns/formations.

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    Oh, I love these, Steve! And it’s interesting to read about the layers of bubbles making you think about where you wanted to focus. But everything looks in focus in your images. These are both extraordinary and I’d be interested to hear more about them – the aperture? You know I don’t have the patience to use a tripod, but at least I figured out that when photographing the ground, it helps to really try to get the camera at the correct angle, and not tilted. Elementary stuff. 🙂
    I would be happy to live with a print of the second one – those incredibly subtle colors, and of course, the flowing shapes. Beautiful work!

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    • Thanks, Lynn. The first was f/16 and the second f/11. There was probably enough depth of field and the layers shallow enough that the point of focus could have been most anywhere in the composition but when adjusting focus it did seem to matter. I try to hold the preview button while focusing to see where the changes happen and there was some changing but in the end all was captured sharp.
      I learned about the parallel aspect of focusing when photographing insects at close range. Especially with moths, the flatter the lens is to the whole spread of wings the sharper all the wing edge scales will be along with the head, thorax, and abdomen. Sometimes the insect doesn’t allow the time but ice sure does. 🙂
      At some point I’ll get my self together and start printing some of these ice abstracts. I haven’t done a gallery show in a few years. Guess I should knock on some doors. 🙂


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