How I Got the Shot - Joe Pellicone

July 15, 2020 0 Comments

Welcome to our How I Got The Shot series! Here we go behind the lens of photographers and videographers around the world to find out how they used their Litra gear to capture an amazing shot, sometimes in the most unexpected situations. Below we hear from Joe Pellicone on how he captured these awesome photos that show his versatility as a photographer!


The Inspiration

I got the idea for this easy at home project from my friend Scott Dere who does some very cool frozen flower photography! I didn't have any flowers in the house so I used a strawberry and a lemon instead.  I found that by lighting the ice with my Litra lights using color gels, I could get very interesting results.


 The Simple Set Up

  • Get a few small Tupperware type containers 
  • Add a flower or piece of fruit like a strawberry or lemon 
  • Add some Water, but don’t fill the container to the brim. Try to fill only about halfway - and don’t panic; the fruit will float.
  • If you can, place the container in the freezer without the top on. I used a top because my freezer has no flat spaces at the moment.
  • Let it freeze.
  • Remove it and add more water.
  • Let the new water freeze.


 How I Got the Shot

When you are ready to shoot, mount your camera on a Platypod, get your Litra Lights and put them in position. Since the ice will start to melt the moment you pull it out of the freezer, wait till the very last minute to take it out. Make sure everything is ready to shoot and then get the Tupperware and run it under room temp water just enough to get the ice block out of the container.

Pro Tip - If the ice fogs wipe it down with a wet towel in between shots.

While shooting I placed it on a clear container lid but you can use anything.  If you don't mind getting things wet you can put it on a glass table or black tile. Light it with your Litra Lights fro different angles and take a few shots.  Be sure to add color gels for dramatic effects.

When you're done you can refreeze for the next photo session.


 All these photos were processed in Adobe Lightroom and some in Adobe Photoshop, especially to enhance the cracks in the ice and the vibrance and saturation of the colors.

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See the Inspiration

Scott - @scottjoshuadere

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