Kris Holland/Mafic Studios
To emphatically highlight just the edges of the bubbles in a rectangular flower vase or bubble chamber (A), Satoshi placed four Broncolor 1600 Watt-second strobe heads (B) powered by two Broncolor powerpacks (C) behind a large 1/8-inch thick sheet of translucent Plexiglas** (D)**. (Only two of the heads are visible here.)He positioned the strobes above, below, and to the left and right of a sheet of matte-black flocking paper** (E)**, sized slightly larger than the bubble chamber and taped to the Plexi. He suspended the Plexiglas with clamps and lightstands (F) and set the chamber on a glass-topped table (G). His camera was a Sinar P3 (H) with a Sinar 75H digital back and Rodenstock 120mm f/5.6 Macro, which he mounted on a camera stand** (I)** and shot tethered to a nearby computer (J). To light the bubbles evenly, Satoshi played with the positioning of the lights around the black flocking paper, and he adjusted the relative distances of lights, Plexiglas, and vase. The four heads were all set to the same output.