Such a pain blowing bubbles and photographing them on the flower. They don't last more than 2 seconds! Bubbles are hard to focus onto, so I chose a small aperture for the deep depth of field and then set the camera into manual focus .
To get the reflection on top, the bubble had to be "fresh". After a second, the bubble thins out and turns completely translucent before popping. Hence no more reflection :(
I had to work fast, straw in one hand blowing bubbles and another hand on remote shutter release. Flower is soaked in detergent so that it "holds" the bubble, but the stamens still act like needles pricking the bubble. Getting one big bubble to envelop the whole flower is a whole new challenge by itself.
SB900 gridded onto flower 2 o'clock slightly higher as main light
SB900 gridded onto bubble 10 o'clock parallel for "bubble lights"
SB900 gridded onto flower 8 o'clock slight higher for fill
all triggered via CLS