Monday, February 23, 2009

Bubblelicious

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Earthy shades of the driftwood, stones and rock, and a little parrot feather were magnified in the two o’clock sun. Look inside the bubbles.

Our backyard pond recently had its once-yearly power wash and scrub-a-dub-dub. Sparkling details will come in a later post.

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While examining the cleaning job, I watched single, quarter-dollar sized bubbles drift across the pond and realized I’ve never photographed a solitary floating bubble! Am I insane to realize something like that? Well, maybe so… But I focused on some incredible bubbles.

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Thanks, Hank. That’s a grand bubble you blew.

Oh, to shoot away at unfamiliar landscapes and exotic birds would be a real gift to share. Sigh. Today, I offer beautiful bubbles!

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I used cheesy photo editing software for ages, primarily for importing from the camera and I’ve occasionally cropped or enhanced a photo to fix overexposures. Otherwise, I rarely take the time to bother with editing.

Now I use Google’s Picasa3 and the editing options I have now are just too exciting. If you don’t already know, Picasa is fast, efficient, and free!


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I prefer to not alter my photos but for these glorious bubbles I tried a feature called I’m Feeling Lucky. It removed glare on the water surface and enhanced the real thing below.

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Look at the small stones reflected beneath this bubble. I had to get away from the monitor to relieve my bladder from the excitement. Yeah, it doesn’t take much to make me happy.

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Look closely at the middle of this bubble. Hello! It’s me, at the lower rim.

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This one is better. I’m so glad the bleach 'n paint stains on my old black sweat pants aren’t visible.


I'm stuck on bubbles.

38 comments:

KGMom said...

Oh.my.goodness. Mary, you are turning pro on us. What stunning photos. Prize winning.
I am almost speechless.
Hey, is that a stain I see. . .just kidding.

Lynne said...

I'm such a boob- I'm sitting here waving at a bubble...

May, you are a wonder and you nnever fail to open my eyes wider.

Kathiesbirds said...

Mary, this is pure artistry and worthy of it's own gallery showing! Absolutely fantastic and yes, I did see you in that bubble. I love your title too!

Susan Gets Native said...

Oh, Mary.
Those are so incredibly beautiful.


*I need to go relieve my bladder now*

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

WOW!!! Mary you have really outdone yourself with these. I can't even come up with a word. Too many swimming around in my head. Can't wait to see more. Lisa

mon@rch said...

I am too bubblelicious with happyness with these!

Wendy said...

Message in a bubble! This was a fun post. Will check out picasa. I like editing pics.

Vickie said...

Very creative and fun post. The colors are beautiful.

Kallen305 said...

Mary, I am sitting here in awe. Those are incredible! There is one where I can see the reflection of you with your camera over it, I swear. Off to go play w/ im feeling lucky now!!

dAwN said...

I dont need no special birdies ...I am looking a very cool bubbles!

jane augenstein said...

WOWZER Mary!!! Love this post the bubbles are way out there and really neat! Great job, don't ya just LOVE Picasa 3??? I use it all the time, fun stuff that!

NCmountainwoman said...

What fun I had with this post, Mary. I love the bubbles and I share your excitement. I don't have any photo editing programming, so I'm definitely going to look at Picasa! Looks like a great toy.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Mary, the bubble shots are fantastic!
I need to try out Picasa. I tried to get on yesterday and again today to make a collage, but it seems that everything is being corrupted by my computer. I think it's going to die soon.

Q said...

Dear Mary,
Your bubbles are way cool.
Glad you found an editing program you like.
Everyone needs a good editor!
Bubblelicious is right!
Hugs,
Sherry

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Mary, We just got new computers (Mac's)---so the first thing we downloaded was Picasa. Can't wait to have some FUN. Love your bubbles.
Hugs,
Betsy

Murr Brewster said...

These photos are GREAT! My father was a nature photographer and he took pics of bubbles too--only his were frozen in ice.

I would have totally filled my shorts if I had taken these. And thanks for your comment on my blog. I'll be watching this site.

Beth said...

What beautiful art. You always think of the most beautiful ways to share a picture.

Jayne said...

So cool Mary!!! I love these shots. Inane to some, but we understand the beauty and awe. Have a great day my friend!

Peg Silloway said...

Of course bubbles make you giddy...when they are magnificent domed creatures like these! One of these days, Mary, you are going to have to pull together a show of your work. Doesn't that college you toil at have an art gallery?

Balisha said...

Oh my heavens...bubbles. So beautiful. Frame some of these pictures.

dguzman said...

Tiny bubbles... in the pond....

gretchen said...

LOVE THIS!
LOVE YOU!

Margaret said...

Those are the coolest pictures of bubbles that I've ever seen. Makes me want to break into a Don Ho song!
;)

NatureWoman said...

O.M.G. MARY!! I am totally in awe. And speechless. WOW!

Donna said...

Great photos, Mary. It's amazing what beauty we can find in such simple things.

Donna

Appalachian Lady said...

Wonderful photos of the bubbles. Thanks to the fish and you!

JeanMac said...

Mary, the bubbles are great - I seen an eye, then a beautiful jewel!

Julie Zickefoose said...

Whee! Tiny bubbles! Don't be so envious, it's pouring in Paradise--again! Stuck in my room editing photos. The mundane can creep in no matter where you may be. But it is very green and colorful. I love those bubbles, especially the one with Mare in it.

Annie in Austin said...

If the seventies come back, we'll know who to blame. Very cool in a lava lamp kind of way, Mary!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Red said...

You really do have a knack for water pics Mary! Awesome and the coloring of the rocks in the pond come through so lovely :) Great idea on thinking about photographing bubbles. Very creative.

how's this for a word verification?
hypers :D

RuthieJ said...

Pretty cool pictures Mary. You have such a creative mind. I would never think to take pictures of bubbles.

Rose said...

Beautiful bubbles, Mary! This shows how the simple things in life can make us the happiest. I've got a pair of those paint and bleach stained sweatpants, too; we must have hit the same sale:)

nina at Nature Remains. said...

Oh no, Mary!
Are you stuck inside that little bubble! Can you see me peeking in?
Uh-oh! Big fish comin'...better hide.

Mel said...

Mary!
How can you make such simple things SO awesome to stare at???
I want to see myself in a bubble too!
Besos,
Mel

Larry said...

You really came up with some cool looking effects on those photos.-
I guess half the trick to this type of photography is to have enough imagination to see the potential in it-which you do.
You'd better not spend too much time taking photos of such subject matter or you may end up with a new nickname!

Sherri said...

Beautiful pics, Mary.

Heather said...

I love your bubble photos Mary! Nice macro work! I use Picasa, too, almost exclusively. It's fun and easy... and fast! You should play around with the collage options if you haven't already.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

These photos are so intrigueing Mary. They make me want to just look and look at them. You see soemthing different each time. The colors are swirling like a dream.

Hank is a handsome dude.