We had a freeze in Portland area which does not happen too often. I have wanted to try photographing frozen bubbles, so I gave it a try. They did not exactly fully freeze, before popping, so I want to try this again during the next freeze. A couple of people asked me for information on how I did this, so I will share what I learned.
First of all, I tried a couple of lenses. Nikkor 50 1.4 with Kenko Macro, and Lensbaby Velvet 56. I think I like the Lensbaby best with this.
TIP: for manually focusing with one hand. I set the focus and move the camera or object to find the focus rather than refocusing on the camera.
I love trees, so I shot under a big tree and the light did just as I had hoped. Reflected onto the bubble, making me think of a fisheye. I tried some pictures with simply holding the bubble still on the wand; and with others I let fall onto the ground and looked for ones that did not pop, and basically got onto my stomach/knees to get as close as I could, looking for good angles and light as I did it. The colors were brightest at first and as they started to “freeze” there was this almost invisible stage to them.. Most popped before freezing, I think; and then I ran out of time. I definitely want to try this again.