Solar Flares on Planet Soap Bubble (SOOC)

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    There is no editing at all here, just a crop (SOOC = Straight Out Of Camera). That incandescent spot is from the sun (don't ask me how or why - I'm no scientist), and god knows where the coloured spots come from. I love them all though, even that comet flying in at the top.

    I got up early this morning to take this, as the air was so still. I used manual settings to get the exposure right, and I was very glad to use a low ISO, for a change.

    I'm getting a lot of satisfaction from taking these shots. I think this one is so beautiful. It reminds me of Kubrick's 2001 Space Odyssey. I especially love the boundary layer to the bubble, and how the corona flare breaks through it, almost like a sun rising behind a planet.

    There's nothing remotely artificial about this shot either. That dark background is simply the shade of my hedge - very dark because it's underexposed compared to the outrageous brightness of the bubble. This is not a studio shot - all natural!

    If anyone wants to try this, please please please be CAREFUL OF YOUR EYES. I'm no expert here, but I imagine you could burn your retina by staring at these flares through a viewfinder.

    And if anyone can explain to me how these effects happen, what they are etc, then I'd be pleased to know.

    人造人間,意慾蔓延, and 127 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Simon Vogt 59 months ago | reply

      wow - looks like a scene from 2001 - fantastic shot :D

    2. Adrian Boustead ( Adi ) 59 months ago | reply

      Richard, you are down-right amazing with these bubble/camera concepts. I envy you.

    3. SemiCharmedLife (☯) 59 months ago | reply

      You have a whole different angle on the bubble thing. Nice!

    4. Imaginisca 59 months ago | reply

      Words fail me - this is incredible! You are the bubble master

    5. Imaginisca 59 months ago | reply

      What's the reflection on the left hand side? A tree? It looks like a country, making it look even more like Earth. I genuinely thought you'd been into space when I saw the thumbnail!

    6. Marlsie 58 months ago | reply

      This really is spectacular.

    7. richard.heeks 58 months ago | reply

      @tourmalet06. Yes, that reflection is a tree. I hadn't really noticed it until your comment. Funny what escapes attention!

    8. Pipall 58 months ago | reply

      Fantastic work!

    9. Luigi Giordano 58 months ago | reply

      Il mondo in una bolla di sapone... L'ultima frontiera della creatività!
      Spettacolare! Foto fantastica, ottimo lavoro!
      The world in a soap bubble... The final frontier of creativity!
      Spectacular! Fantastic photo, great work!

    10. Joey Dunne 58 months ago | reply

      One world .. amazing!!!

    11. J_E_W_E_L_S 58 months ago | reply

      i can't do science but hey you can't half do bubbles....that is fantastic.

    12. James Gourley Photography 58 months ago | reply

      I'm pretty sure I can see my house on the surface.

    13. Cosmic Witch 58 months ago | reply

      it looks like a planet!

    14. DigitalLyte 55 months ago | reply

      out of this world surreality .... a superb capture!

    15. al-ex 46 months ago | reply

      It's not the first time I visit your gallery (and not the last. This photo is my favorite and I have just created a mail to my friends, putting this image as a theme and asking them to guess what they see. The answer is a direct link to your bubbles gallery. Exploring the secrets of soap bubbles is feeling young, being young and most of all enjoying. You have brought a bubble to all those who cannot do it or don't dare.
      I dared: and with your encouragement I'll try again.
      T h a n k s.

    16. lakemans 41 months ago | reply

      Very clever & technically inspiring

    17. rolfekolbe 13 months ago | reply

      Fantastically SciFi, magical, great concept and shot.

    18. ricopress 12 months ago | reply

      Great stuff! Fascinating.

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