Ice Flowers: A Fun At-Home Project for Beautiful Still Life Photos

While locked down in Sydney during the COVID-19 pandemic, I am keeping safe and sane. Try this “Ice Flowers” project at home — it’s fun and easy.

All these images were photographed handheld with Samsung Galaxy S10e smartphone and edited in Snapseed on mobile. Alternatively, you can try this with a proper camera and tripod but may need to do focus stacking.

A3 black sheet for background and natural window light. Switch angle of view straight (square) on or side (cube) on to choose required texture, form, or shape emphasis.

Experiment with different sizes and shapes of natural objects to freeze. Try different shaped containers and vary the depth of water.

Magnolia Bud

Try and use filtered and unfiltered water to see if there is a difference in the purity of the water. Also, make sure to pour in the water in 3 stages to layer the weight of the water and to be able to position the object in a visually pleasing way. Start with a 1/4 (2-hour freeze) amount of water followed by another 1/4 (2-hour freeze) and then the remainder to fill up. You can also experiment by pouring all of the water in one go.


Good luck!

About the author: Alfonso Calero is a professional photographer of over 20 years based in Sydney, Australia. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Calero’s work on his website, Facebook, and Instagram. This article was also published here.