Ever since I saw Lake Champlain in Burlington, VT freeze over perfectly clear I have wanted to shoot a product through the ice.
After some research online, I found that to get clear ice you want the water to freeze from the top down, forcing the cloudy ice (think of an ice cube) lower. I grabbed the largest rubbermaid bin I owned and filled it with 8 inches of water and left it outside uncovered waited for it to freeze. After a week of mild temperatures, Burlington finally had a string of days below 32 degrees and was able to get a slab of ice 3 inches thick.
An ice axe on ice seemed logical to shoot, and my friend just got a new pair. I laid down a contractor trash bag to catch the melting ice and got my lights ready to go before bringing the slab of ice inside. Working quickly, I was able to capture 4 images before the melting ice started to take over my living room!
Before breaking down the set you gotta take a selfie!
This was a fun experiment and I am already thinking of all the different backdrops and surfaces I can use ice in for other projects.