In my last post I talked about how mesmerising oil bubbles on water can be as they glide around. I decided to explore this theme further. This time I lit the bubbles from a slightly different angle. You can see from this new video how the bubbles are no longer flat but appear domed in shape. It took approximately 4 hours to perfect this video and then around 2 hours editing it in Adobe Premiere Pro. This is my editor of choice for this type of work as it is quick and easy to use.
Shooting oil bubbles is very time consuming and perfecting both lighting and focus takes time and practice. However I find the results really rewarding. I promised myself that I was going to move away from oil on water but I am constantly drawn back to it.
Shortly after shooting this video I began work on another one using a similar lighting set up. For some reason this video was very dark and did not give me the kind of contrast that shows the bubbles to best effect. Luckily I had taken numerous shots between clips and for some reason these worked very well. I will be showing these in my next blog post. In the meantime here is the final video.