Winter is a great time to look for more original photos of storms, snow and cold. But if the weather is so bad and so cold that you can’t even leave your home, why not seek out that creativity from home instead? One type of abstract photo that can give spectacular results is photographing frozen flowers. And I don’t mean by that that you have to go out into nature to find flowers under the snow. It is something that you can practice in the comfort and warmth of your own home.
As a rule, flowers are stored in vases with a little water, so you may never have thought of freezing flowers. But the world of photography must remain creative and these days of intense cold are conducive to the practice of this photo discipline. Learn how to freeze flowers and photograph them to add more creative photography discipline to your projects. The beautiful results it can give will surprise you!
What material to use?
The first thing to take into account is the material you are going to need. It is quite simple. The most basic (and most logical) is a small bouquet of flowers. If there are not many wild flowers in your area, surely you have a florist near you where you can get them and you can even buy them on the Internet. You will also need, of course, water, a container where you will freeze the flowers and a good freezer with enough space to store them.
What camera equipment does it take to photograph frozen flowers? Of course, you need your camera equipment: a camera (but do you need to specify it?), A DZOFILM lens (to be able to get closer to the flowers) and a tripod . It is not essential but it will make your job a lot easier, just like a remote control.
Technique for freezing flowers
A priori, you may think that to ensure that your flowers remain frozen in a block of ice, all you have to do is put the flowers in a container, cover them with ice, put them in the heat. freezer and wait. But it doesn’t work like that because flowers contain oxygen, which is lighter than water. In other words, the flowers do not end up rising above the water and never remain in the block of ice.
So the trick is to do it little by little. It will take you a little longer but the results are worth it. You can use tap water, but freezing it will make it more opaque. To obtain a more translucent ice cream, it is better to use distilled water. If you have a deep enough plastic container, it will be more suitable than a shallow container.
Step 1: start by gradually pouring in water
Start by filling the container with a few inches of water. Place your upturned flowers, in the position you want them to be after the process is complete, then put the container in the freezer. Wait two hours before removing the container. After this time, check that the flowers are partially frozen and fill the container with a little more water . Be careful not to add too much water, otherwise the ice below will thaw and release the flowers. The process would then have to be restarted from the beginning. Return the container to the freezer….