Sunday, March 28, 2010

Something Totally Different

Horse Head Nebula 

You are probably wondering what is up with this blog image. Well, as I have mentioned before, a good photography club can present you will new opportunities in photography. This past week my club setup a program night where we all learned about shooting images of soap bubbles and soap films. While I am not planning to share the setup here (unless there is popular demand), I thought I would share some images from the shoot.


The soap film images were the most intriguing to me, but the question is, what to do with them (see the adjacent image which is a straight take). They look like some late 60’s psychedelic art. But, the key appears to be just let your imagination run wild and ask what do you see (kind of like the cloud game we played as kids – or still do).





  1. For the first image I saw the Horse Head Nebula when I looked at the soap film and so using a mix of Photoshop (lens flare) and Niksoft tools I created the image you see here. I will likely change this a bit more, but you get the idea.
  2. This is what a straight soap film shot looks like. Who knows what I will see in this one.
  3. This soap film clearly had a mountain landscape in it but I wanted to see what would happen if I shifted the color balance and used Topaz’s Simplify and Adjust to play with it (and play I did). As time went on, I saw an effect that made me think of Van Gogh’s Starry Starry Night. Using Niksoft Viveza as well (for the stars)  I ended up with an image I call Van Gogh’s Rocky Mountain Night (sorry Van Gogh…).
  4. The last image is one of the soap bubble images.