Ellis Vener , Nov 15, 2000; 02:12 p.m.
Pete Turner did a series of bubble photographs. He used softboxes on either side of the set and a jet black background. Turner had an incredible duping setup for duping Kodachrome onto Kodachrome 25 to enhance and control colors to surreal intensities.and the colors might have been enhanced in that process. But I would start there and try using polarizing filters on both the lights and the cameras. The reason you have to use large sources close to the subject is because of the surface of the bubble is highly reflective and 3 dimensions. Turner was a perfectionist who might work for days or weeks on a single image, so don't give up if at first you don't succeed.