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Soap, water and corn syrup bubbles freezing

Over the course of two years, Barrie, Ontario-based photographer Don Komarechka filmed ice crystals forming across the thin walls of freezing bubbles. In Winter’s Magic, he’s collected the best clips from over 400 takes. From his notes:

Most of the single-bubble shots are played out in real time, with a few cuts for dramatic effect. Some of the multiple-bubble sequences are sped up – they freeze more slowly due to their inner walls but hitting the cold outer air, and being filled with my hot breath. Close-up shots are all real time…

For those curious, my bubble mixture is 6 parts water, 2 parts dish soap and 1 part white corn syrup. The corn syrup is an important ingredient as it allows the bubble to thicken on the bottom and acts as a cushion to prevent the bubble from popping on impact with the snow. The best technique is to blow the bubbles through a drinking straw; this allows for some control over the side of the bubble, and they can be easily placed once formed. Give a few seconds for the corn syrup to pool at the bottom before placing it and you should have a decent success rate.

Watch more frozen bubbles videos: Ice crystals form on bubbles in real time and Ice crystal ‘snow globes’ by ZALUSKArt.

Bonus: Throwing a pot full of just-boiled water into the -41C air.

via Laughing Squid.

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