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Fabian Oefner

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Making of "Iridescence"

Published July 2nd, 2012

There are two major challenges, when taking images of bursting soap bubbles. One is how to light the bubble, so that its colors become visible and second is obviously to capture the right moment. 
A soap bubble is made of a thin film of water, on which soap molecules gather on both sides. The vibrant colors, that bubbles are famous for, are created by the reflected light hitting the surface of the bubble. So the bubble itself has no color at all. 
To make these reflection effects, that create the colors, visible, I had to place lights around the bubbles from all different sides. The reflection of the illuminated panels around the bubble (as seen in the first image) are reflected inside the bubble, creating the colors. 
Now, to the second challenge, capturing the right moment. For that, you simply need high speed flashes and a LOT of patience. I did a couple of hundred shots to finally capture the moment, when soap film start to disrupt. It happens extremely quick. In most cases the bub ...

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Making of "Mercedes. 1545 parts."

Published March 30th, 2012

For this image i took apart a very detailed scale model of a Mercedes SLR 300 Uhlenhaut (manufacturer: CMC). then i placed every single piece in the correct position, took a picture of it and reassembled the whole car in photoshop. piece by piece. from the body shell to the tiny little screws. it took me almost 3 days to shoot all the parts and assemble them.

but once you got the lights set, its a pretty straight-forward process: placing the part, shooting directly to the computer, masking the part in photoshop and place it in the right position. repeat it several hundred times, and the image is done.

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Making of "Dancing Colors"

Published January 1st, 2012

Hi everyone,

this is my first entry on 500px. what a great site, i love the design and simplicity of it!

i have created a new series called "dancing colors". the idea of the series is to build a bridge between the acoustical and the visual world. the sculptures, you see on the images exist only for a fraction of a second. they consist of normal salt, colored with pigments. the salt is placed on a thin foil of plastic, which is wrapped on top of a speaker. as soon as the speaker receives a sound, the plastic foil starts to vibrate, forming these strange figures.

in order to capture the specific moment, where the pigments are lifted into the air, i attached a microphone to the speaker, which is again connected to the flash system. as soon as the speaker emits a sound, the microphone picks it up and sends a signal to the flashes to trigger them. since i took the images in a completely darkened room, i can just leave the shutter open for a few seconds, only the event illuminated by the ...

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