Title: Arctic Tree Frog

Summary: Nikon D300 with Vivitar Series 1 90mm f/2.5 macro lens and matched 1:1 adapter. 1/80th at f/5.6, ISO 1600, 3700k white balance, and 1:1 magnification. I scooped some shaved ice into a glass measuring cup and popped it into my lightbox. Lighting via a blue LED flashlight propped up in some Silly Putty behind the ice, a dim incandescent flashlight held up by a Matchbox car in front of the ice, and a daylight-balanced CFL outside of the lightbox and to the right. I use only the very highest quality lighting equipment.

- Adam Wolf

Canon Rebel XTI

I wasn't anticipating having anything to submit for this week's shooting challenge because I live in an area too warm for ice and didn't have time to create any due to a trip I was supposed to leave for the following morning after the challenge was announced. I fell asleep during the flight and when I woke up, I found little ice crystals clinging to my window some 30,000 feet over Washington state. I didn't have a macro lens on hand or any light to work with, but I luckily managed to get this quick shot before they melted.
- Adina Anthony

I wish this contest came out during NYC's big snow storm! This is the little bit of ice left in my backyard. It was late, so all I had was the light leaking from the door. A macro lens would've made this so perfect. Hope you enjoy.
Nikon D5000, 18-55 mm lens, ISO 1000, f/ 5.6
-Ageela Semple

Olympus 7010
Optical Zoom 5.0-35.0 mm 1:3-5.9

I'm known for being consistently cold. I'm one of those people who can never warm up! I think this photo actually represents how I feel so much of the time. Like ice in a sweater trying to get warm!
-Alisha B. McGinn

This shot was taken down into a glass of cranberry juice with icecubes.
Canon 7D
Lens (Canon EF 28-135mm) at 135 mm - f 7.1
Speed: 1/400sek
Picture is cropped, resized and manipulated.
I did take a lot of icecube-pictures with my lens detached and turned around to give me some macro-effect....but decided on this one instead because of the colors that occured.
-Annemette Kuhlmann

Here is my contribution to the Ice Shooting Challenge

This photo was taken of ice crystals forming on the glass panels of our little greenhouse.
I've always though of these crystals as the greenhouse's "winter plants", as they look like small branches.
Getting to the greenhouse to take this shot was however a small struggle,
due to the large amounts of snow everywhere.

Photo Info
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Vivitar 55MM Macro Ø62MM

F-Stop: f/2.8
ISO: 1000
Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec
- Arne Gombos

Canon T2i, 4 second exposure. Took a cooling rack, put it outside and sprayed it with water for a day (clear water and a few sprays with water tinted with red food coloring). Flipped it over and lit it from underneath with a flashlight.
-Arthur Quintalino

I often participate in these photo shooting challenges, however living in Florida kind of screws me out of this particular challenge, seeing as how it got up to the 70's last week. As a college student living on campus, the closest thing to ice that I see is the ice-o-matic outside of my door.


Photo taken with cvs disposable camera, negatives scanned with Epson Perfection 3170.
-Austin Amodt

5 degrees Fahrenheit in Hastings, MN the day I shot this. My fingers were freezing, obviously. I had fun though. This waterfall is awesome in the winter. A huge mill sits behind it. I hope I did it SOME justice with this photo. I took about a hundred shots with different settings and from a couple different angles. This is one of the best I came up with. It was tough choosing one. Nikon D3000, 18-55mm, 18mm focal length, ISO 100, f5, 1/640 and a tripod. I took all the color out because of the range of value in the shot, and because it just looked cooler than the original.
-Ben Peine

This was shot with my little Canon Powershot SD1400 IS in macro mode. We went climbing down in the conveniently named "ice caves" in southern ID, near Rexburg and found some cool ice crystals.
-Paige Skelton


This shot was taken with my iPhone 4. Came out to start my truck and couldn't help but take a picture of this cool sight before my eyes.

- Bill Young

Nikon D300s
24-85mm @ 38mm

I never thought my love of novelty ice cube trays would come in handy; until today.

- Brian Bohannon

For the challenge I made a bunch of differently shaped ice blocks by freezing water filled balloons, bowls and glasses. A black cloth and a sheet of glass on a table made for a good macro shooting area. For this shot I cantilevered the glass over the edge of the table so that I could light a circular plate of ice from below. I shot the image with my 40D using the Lensbaby Composer with double glass optic, f16 aperture, and the +10 macro filter. Turns out when shooting marco its far easier to move the object around to focus than it is to use the ring on the lens. With the camera in bulb mode, ISO 100, I opened the shutter and manually flashed the ice with a 430EXII and a blue jell, lighting up the cracks and crevices in the ice. If you would like to see more of this set check out flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brockgillis/sets/72157625785201224/).
- Brock Gillis

It was -17 deg F outside Sunday morning and our deck was covered in these mini stalactites. I tried several setting with longer exposures (1/60sec to 1/10sec) but found that they were shaking with even the slightest wind. As a result, I could not get a image without blur. After warming up and shaking off the disappointment I went back at it using the following settings:

ISO: 400
f-stop: F/8
exposure: 1/400sec
Body: 50d
Lens: Canon 100mm L-Macro
Misc: Tripod & polarizer
Slight adjustments for color in Picasa

-Chuck Erikson

Canon 50D with Canon 100mm Macro lens, full set of Kenko pro tubes and sigma macro ring flash.
1/60 sec


My neighbors must think I'm losing it, laying in the grass taking pictures of frost.
- Chris Andrews

Story: I started by dropping a bit of red food coloring on the ice to get some definition out of the rough ice cubes, but it ended up looking more like I'd hit an artery and was attempting to administer first aid. After adding a drop of blue, it started to spread in an interesting pattern and went from arteries to veins. I was sold on the effect; snapped a couple photos, added vodka, and called it a night!

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
Lens: SIGMA Zoom 28-80mm 1:3.5-5.6 II Macro

Exposure Time: 1/60 sec
ISO 400
-Constantine Pavlis

I took this shot at my home in Atlanta, GA. A cold snap came through one night and froze everything. There is a fountain in the backyard grows an entire coat of ice on it and I went out to take some photos. On my way back inside I noticed the drain pipe. The copper drain pipe got so cold it froze the drip solid right in to the ground. I love the way it looks as if the ice continues to spread out in a smooth layer once it hits the ground. NikonD40, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm, ISO 400
-Dalton Macdonald

Hey there!
I'm Daniel, I'm from Germany and I'm 19 years old.
I got my Canon 550D (respectively Canon Digital Rebel T2i) for Christmas and I was eagerly awaiting the first shooting challenge on Gizmodo.
So when I read 'Ice' I was pretty excited since it used to be really cold outside. But when I had finally time to shoot the temperatures rose from -12° C (10.4° F) to 7° C (44.6° F) and all the ice was melting :/ But since the shooting challenge said artificial ice was allowed I had an idea. I didn't want the picture to be just plain black and white, I wanted it to have some interesting colors in it. So I decided to take an orchid, put it into water and freeze the whole thing. It turned out to be a brilliant idea. I really like the shots I got especially because I bought myself this retro ring so I can mount the lens the otherway round to the body in order to make brilliant makro-shots. It was rather difficult to focus because I don't have a tripod yet and the depth of field in retro position is awful. The picture provided is one of the best I got where the ice really looks like ice.
Equipment used: Canon 550D, EF-S 18-55mm in retro position; ISO 100, F11, 1/125s, internal flash and RAW. RAW processing done in Photoshop.
-Daniel Lechner

I went out early morning on a Thursday with my panasonic tm700 and shot video with my macro lens attachment. It was freezing. I didnt think to use my polarizer filter, probably would have been a little clearer. The good thing about my camera is it has a focus ring, very handy. Upon review i had about 7 or 8 screen shots that i liked. I then had a couple of people tell me which was their favorite. This one had three votes including my self. I just want to say 800px wide is very small! I didn't enhance this photo with software its strait from the camera. I learned something new taking this photo acorns have a star on their tip, that is neat. Hope you like, thanks.
-David Clark

Canon T2i, 30mm, f4.5, ISO 1600, 1/40 sec,
I took a paper plate and put some water in it, and then let it freeze outside overnight. It didn't fully freeze, and the part of the back fell away leaving an interesting design. I then held that up in front of the lights on my christmas tree, essentially using the ice as a filter over the lens, and this is the result.
-Donovan Myers

Shot on T2i 18-55mm f/22 ISO-1600

I froze a Hotwheels car in a chunk of ice, put the big ice chunk on my glass top table (carefully) and this is what came out.
-Dustin Gillis

This is my first try at the Gizmodo shooting challenge. You got me at macro!
Unfortunately all the snow and ice outside washed away with rain and high temperatures this week, so I had to go for some manmade ice. My plan was to shoot rime on top of an ice cube, but it melted before I even got the chance to get the focus and exposure right. I then started to shoot some random pictures of the ice cube itself, and soon became very fascinated by the patterns in the core of the ice cube. I got a couple of nice shots, but I this turned out to be my favorite.
Shot on a Canon 500d/T1i with a Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro lens with 68 mm of extension tubes (Kenko) at 1/200 sec, f/11, ISO 100. A flash (Speedlite 430EX) was used on an extension cord and placed behind the ice cube. The blue tint was added in Lightroom (white balance), as well as some basic curve and sharpness adjustments.
-Eirik Rasdal

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel
F-Stop: 6.3
Exposure: 1/80
Iso: 200
Focal: 55 mm

My home town of Seattle is known for its rain, but while we're all happy to be wet, the tiniest sign of ice or snow is like a cold-as-hell curve ball. Soccer moms shriek in horror at the mere sight of something white (even a measly dandelion spore has been known to trigger massive heart-attacks) and hardened police sergeants burst into tears if they see someone buy a snow-shovel. This frosty leftover is a far cry from snow, but close enough to evoke tears all over king county, and this is exactly what happened when we woke up a few days ago. Did we survive this year's snow? The authorities won't comment, but at least we got some good pictures to remind us of the white plague!
-Erez Ben-Ari

Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon 50mm F1.4
ISO: 800
Aperture: f4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec


I purchased a T2i this past Christmas for myself because I loved using my sister's DSLR and because my point-and-shoot won't handle the load on my future study abroad to Japan. I went outside my house and found the surface of the water sitting in a bucket frozen with deep grooves. I though it looked nice, remembered the contest, and thought it would be a great excuse to use my new camera.
-Eric Thompson

Shooting Summery:
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Tamron 28.0-75.0 mm
ISO: 200
f/: 2.8


The thought of shooting ice seemed a bit uninteresting at first since ice photographs tend to be mostly monochromatic. With this in mind, my main goal became about finding a way to incorporate color with ice. As luck would have it I was able to find a water balloon container with some frozen condensation in it, adding the explosion of color I was looking for!
-Gabielle Bakanec

Taken with my brand new Canon T2i with a 55-250 lens.

I have been watching Gizmodo shooting challenges for some time, but I haven't had a camera to participate. Sitting in my parent's living room, playing with the Canon T2i I purchased for my self as a Christmas present (first year with a 'real world' income burning a hole in my pocket) I saw this shooting challenge. I looked out the window and saw the tree in their back yard was still covered with ice, so I took a few pictures through the living room window. This is the one that best showed the ice. Less than 5 minutes after reading the competition, I had my submission ready.
-Grady Rudolph

The Invaders Are Melting!

The space invaders came to invade us. But their plan wasnt well
thought through. 25C (80F) and they were toast.


Got this photo of their sad melty faces before they completely
dissappeared. Maybe their next attack will be much better organised.

Taken for the Gizmodo Shooting Challenge - The Iceman Cometh. A
challenging one to do during summer. Lol

Canon 7D
100mm Macro

Also available http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkblotphoto/5338000572/

Photo Name: "Graph Paper Iceberg"

FUJIFILM FINEPIX S1800 using Default Lens

ISO 200



This is my first Gizmodo Shooting Challenge Entry. The pictures from the past contests inspired me get a digital camera this Christmas and get involved with some photography. I wanted to create some kind of surreal image with a regular ice cube from my freezer. I took the cube and placed it on some graph paper I saw in my room, turned off the lights, and used two finger LED's in an attempt to make things interesting, and set my camera to Manual-Macro Mode. The only software touchup was adjusting the color levels a tad to make the graph paper show up better.
-Jacob Jarecki

Shot with a Canon EOS 10D, Canon 28-200mm, 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 400.

Decide to take a walk around the campus where I'm going to school. I thought to myself, "Surely there is some ice still around."
I came upon a leaky outdoor faucet with some ice that had built up. "I'm sure I can catch a droplet of water coming out of this faucet."
Sure enough, I did. A great day of photography with what little ice to work from.
-James Shaeffer

The ice and snow in Brussels had already dissapeared two weeks ago, so I had to do it with the ice available in my fridge. Unfortunately, this didn't really show nice patterns and my zoom was not good enough to focus on a small part of it. I decided to try the tricks from smoke photography. I inverted the image and played around with different colours. This is the result!

Canon 450D with Sigma 17-70, ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/125s
-Jan De Decker

This year I decided to do a 365 (one photo everyday). I hope it will challenge me to take photo's of things I might not normally be interested in. This is day 5. This is also my first Gizmodo Shooting Challenge that I hope will broaden my photography skills as well.


On my way to the car in the morning I noticed what anyone in the Northeast sees almost every winter day, the car covered in a light ice with a slight dusting of snow. Immediately I knew that today's photo would be about showing the moment of the day when the sun is rising and the everyone is shaking off the icy cold that had settled the previous night. I took a number of pictures trying to get the focus just right on the great texture of the ice under the low morning sun, but the one with the house in the background with smoke rising from the chimney was my favorite. I can picture someone just waking up, brewing some coffee and lighting a fire in there as they get ready for the day.

Details: Taken just outside Portland, Maine with a Nikon D7000 and a Nikkor 17-55/f2.8 lens. ISO125, F5.6, 1/320, 31mm.
-Jared McKenna

First time/long time. This is my first shooting challenge. I decided to check out Lake Nockamixon in Bucks County, PA on a cold and windy day. There was some snow the two preceding days so I figured there would be some cool patterns of drifting on the surface. After going through my roll this one stuck out at me because of the composition and the light. The entire surface of the lake was frozen and this vantage point gives the placid, frozen lake a turbulent, churning feel. In the bottom left you can see a frozen-over ice fishing hole which brings the lake's perceived turbulence to a halt.
I shot it with my Nikon D3100 with the 18-55mm kit lens. I was shooting around on Aperture Priority and this one I had at f16 to grab the full range of the depth of field. The shutter fired at 1/1000 freezing the clouds and the blowing snow. My ISO was at 400.
-Jeff Browne

Camera - Canon PowerShot S95
Aperture - F/4
Shutter Speed - 1/800
ISO - 80

I saw this contest a couple of days ago but couldn't seem to find anything to photograph for the contest. Then Sunday on my way to church I saw this fountain frozen over in someones yard, so after church I drove back and pulled over. Despite people being home I don't think they noticed the stranger in their yard taking photos of their fountain.
-John Warnell

The ice was created using a tray of water in the freezer (seeing as there is no ice in London at the moment, just miserable rain!) I was trying to convey a mysterious "Peeping Tom" looking through a crack in the ice, a freezing Norman Bates.
Taken with a Cannon EOS 400D
-Johnny Love

Technical Info :

Camera : Canon rebel T2i.
Lens : Canon 60mm USM Macro
F : 2.8
Speed : 1/50
ISO : 400

Title : This is NOT a Dessert.

History behind the shoot :

Since the Ice challenge kicked in, I start thinking on how could I shoot something cool on ice, but the real challenge for us, Brazilians contestants, we are in the peak of the summer now, just to have an Idea of what I'm talking about, today (01/09) it the thermometer is peaking 105F and its also very very humid. So, Plan B took the scene : Pick something out of the refrigerator, and shoot it on the kitchen. Since Frozen Beef, Chicken and Pork ribs ain't good looking , I found this frozen Acerolas (Malpighia emarginata) harvested from my backyard last week and properly frozen. I start shooting one single acerola with a 60mm Macro and add more and more acerolas to the scene, until I got this one. I wish you guys enjoy it, If someone has some tips to improve a picture like this I'll be more than happy to listen those tips and advices.

Keep the challenge going ! It's always a lot of fun !
-Jose Gustavo Z. Rosa

A week of below freezing temps and spray from our small waterfall in the front yard grew a bulbous ice layer on the rocks. If the freezing continued, the ice claws would eventually build a tunnel. The day I took this it was 39 degrees so things were melting — the claws receding. As it melted, the splashes from the waterfall made interesting designs in the ice. Nikon D40 on the macro setting with Nikkor 50mm lens, cloudy at noon, no flash.
-Joshuman Roberts

I use a Canon Rebel Xsi EOS.
Macro lens with telephoto lens attachment.

woke up this morning and saw all the icicles hanging off the cars, grabbed my camera, and out I went.
-Kaitlyn Smith

I wanted to make an ice sculpture, I made a block of ice, it didn't work I couldn't keep it frozen. So I made an ice pond for some little ducks. The camera is am Olympus e-PL1 with settings of f/8, 320 sec and iso of 200.
-Kay Owen

"eight very cold legs"
I found this little guy dead on my porch on Saturday. Having lived in Oklahoma all of my life I am used to a lack of ice and snow and an abundance of spiders all year long, so I scooped him up in a measuring cup full of water and froze him in the freezer. He was just starting to melt a little for the perfect shot. Taken with a Nikon D3000 18-55mm kit lens with two Zeikos macro filters +4 and +10. F 5.6, ISO 100 with a 4 second shutter speed. My husband acted as my light source using a hand-held Bayco LED lightstick and a piece of white printer paper.
-Leslie Flam

Attached is a photo I captured outside my bathroom window of an icicle melting. Captured using a Canon G10 in Macro Mode, with a PNY Class 10 SDHC High Speed SDHC Card. I live in Northern Jersey...

Dig it...

- Marc Ziccardi

Canon EOS XS
EF50mm f/1.8

This is my first shooting challenge, and when I saw my nephew eating some Italian ices (yes, even in this New York blizzard), the color just kind of hit me. So i grabbed some food coloring, made some colored ice cubes, just arranged them on an old cake stand, and let the outdoor light just shine thru them.
-Martin Perez

I wanted to use the Ultimate Collectors Falcon, but alas my freezer was not large enough.


Nikon D40, 18mm Fstop 3.5 ISO 800 (no light in the freezer sadly)
Once the freezer was cleared out, I would spray water every which way till it was drenched, then let it sit for 5 min, rinse and repeat until I was happy with the stalactites.

-Matthew Valverde

For this shot I used a Nikon D50. I love taking photos, but I can't say much more than I had the flash off and used the macro setting! I also edited it a bit in Picasa to bring out the colors. Ironically it started snowing pretty heavily this morning here in upstate NY, but because of the recent warm weather there was no ice to be found. I opened my freezer to get some ice cubes for a drink, and I thought the orange glow of the freezer light made an interesting picture with the few ice cubes that were left in the tray. Usually ice doesn't look so cozy!
-Matt Paufve

I thought long and hard for something original to shoot - and failed miserably. So here is a picture of Frosty's left nad some ice cubes. 50mm lens on a reversal ring and +2 close up filter glued to a cut-out rear lens cap.

-Matt Upward

Camera Model: Nikon D5000
Lens: AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
F-stop: f/4.5
Exposure time: ¼ sec.
ISO speed: ISO-200
Exposure Bias: +1 step
Focal Length: 22mm

I had initially wanted to photograph ice dropping into the glass, but it is hard to get the lighting effect with a fast shutter speed, so I chose to stick with the more dramatic lighting effect instead. The glass is actually sitting on a stand that I made with cardboard and foil stand and with a high-powered camping/tent flashlight underneath it so that the lighting would turn out just right. The photograph was taken using a Nikon D5000 and 18-55mm (kit) lens at 22mm, ISO-200, Shutter Speed ¼, Aperture f/4.5. Minor post-production was done in Photoshop to increase the clarity and contrast and to remove a small object from the background of the photo.
-Michael Douglas

Close-up of the last bit of snow left in the yard. It's been alternating between cold and warm here, so the snow has frozen into interesting shapes.


I don't have a lens appropriate for macro shots, so I raided my parent's collection of old lenses. I was able to mimic the effect macro lens by flipping an old Minolta lens around. Getting aperture and focus right was mostly a matter of luck, there was enough glare from the sun that it made it very hard to see details in the snow with the naked eye. Increased contrast/saturation, rotated, and resized in photoshop.

Camera: Nikon D5000
Lens: Minolta 55mm lens
ISO: 1600
Michelle Mackie

Hi Gizmodo.
Here in Denmark we are having a really cold winter and the fjord wich i live close to have been forzen, but warmer weather and alot of wind created these 2-3m high ice structures. I think the sun got some nice contrasts in the scene.
Shoot with an Olympus E-620 standard kit-lens 14-42mm , did a bit of contrast enhancement in photoshop. Iso 100, F3.5, 1/800
-Nichi Tonsberg

This was shot with my iPhone 4 - plain and simple - focusing on the left side of the image


The story of this picture is not that long. I live in Danvers, MA, close to Boston and my girlfriend lives in Argentina. They don't quite understand how cold it gets up here in the winter, they don't even get snow in Buenos Aires where she's right now. That's why I often send her pictures when we get a lot of snow or ice. One morning I woke up, walked out to my car and it was around 9 degrees outside. I noticed a thin layer of ice on the roof of my car so decided to take a picture of it. The macro shot came out surprisingly beautiful since the white ice makes an excellent contrast to my dark green coloured Chevy Cavalier.
-Nicolas Tejera

This was shot with my little Canon Powershot SD1400 IS in macro mode. We went climbing down in the conveniently named "ice caves" in southern ID, near Rexburg and found some cool ice crystals.
-Paige Skelton

Center of a Frozen Clementine - Tried for something different. I would have rather used a smaller aperture to get everything in focus, but I busted my tripod last week and had to hand hold this shot so needed a faster shutter speed and ugly higher ISO. Oh well.


Photo Info:
Nikon D300
0.017 sec (1/60)
Focal Length
50 mm
ISO Speed
Exposure Bias
0 EV
-Patrick Tully

I call this shot The Icy Mouth of Winter Hell.

It's actually a small hole in the snow in New Hampshire over a rushing stream which splashes water up onto the sides of the hole, and thus the ice formation.

Here's the technical stuff: Canon PowerShot S90, ISO 80, 1/125th of sec at f3.2.

The S90 (or now the S95)is a great little camera for stuff like this, because you can just take it on a walk and carry it around in an inside pocket, nice and warm and ready to go when you spot something cool like this. And while it's small, it gives you plenty of detail.
-Peter Haas

Canon T2i, 30mm, f4.5, ISO 1600, 1/40 sec,
I took a paper plate and put some water in it, and then let it freeze outside overnight. It didn't fully freeze, and the part of the back fell away leaving an interesting design. I then held that up in front of the lights on my christmas tree, essentially using the ice as a filter over the lens, and this is the result.
-Donovan Myers

Photo of a ice block lighted by single led torch.

Nikon D7000 with Tokina AT-X M100 PRO D, 4s, f22, ISO 100, 100mm
-Petri Damstén

this is my first submission, so i hope everything is correct.

My Story:
"Fat Snowman"
After photographing the sunset at about -20 C° at the same location some days before, i decided to go back when it's a bit warmer. Sadly it got so warm, all the nice crystals from the leaves and branches disappeared, but then i found this sheet of ice with some thin areas which look like a snowman.


Nikon D40 with 18-55 objective
aperture: F/29, shutter: 1/100 sec, ISO: 400, focal length: 30 mm
cropped with Photoshop

-Philipp Ganglbauer

I'm sure this image will be drowning in countless other icicle shots but I figured why not since it was one of my first shots with my new camera. The green light caught my eye as I was driving home from work so I whipped out the cam and took a quick snap.


Nikon D7000
Nikon AF-S DX 18-105/3,5-5,6G ED VR (kit lens)
1/15 sec
ISO 1600

-Robert Örneteg

I used a Canon EOS Rebel T2i the lens was a macro lens of some sort I
think 85mm.
I was trying to film some textured light transitions for an Adobe After Effects composite.


I was in my kitchen with a giant brick of ice and my bedside lamp with a green party bulb in it. Waving the lamp behind the ice as I shot was pretty ridiculous. The video was hardly usable but it turned out some interesting photos.
-Robert Paynter

So im sitting on the shitter at work and see a bottle of hand sanitizer that reads 'highly flammable'. Regrettably its within reach and i have nothing else to do, so i squirt it into the basin pull a lighter out from my pocket and set it on fire. Very quickly this lavatory experiment got boring and i was worried about setting off the fire alarm so i opened the tap to wash it away and the gel just floated. Fire and ICE for the shooting challenge, why not.


The girlfriend has the DLSR (didn't matter as i don't know how to use it) and tripod and is away so I'm stuck with the Canon DIGITAL IXUS 960 IS. The ice was picked from the hand rails of the smoking room and placed on a large copper sheet found downstairs.
-Ryan Mackenzie

I took this picture at a local park that has a waterfall partially frozen over. I liked this photo because of the "frozen in time" feel to it and how the morning light shown on the ice.

This was taken with a Nikon D5000 200mm 1/360 f/5.6 ISO 200 and 4 stop neutral density filter.
-Sarah Ganos

I just bought myself the biggest Nikon flash (Sb900) and now i have to test it ! the ideer was to make a picture for my brother, for christmas.
fortunately I went outside to my balcony and i found what you see! it's hanging from my gutter and it's a bit sunny outside, so the ice is melting a bit ( reason for the drop )


to end my "story" I can tell, that my brother had this picture for christmas :)

I used a Nikon D3000 with a Tamron 70-300 F/4-5.6 AF Di LD. and my Sb900 flash.

the settings were 1/200, F/36, and the flash were on full power, and pointed directly at the ice.


hope you can use my picture
greetings from Denmark - Copenhagen
-Chris Rosenkjær

Canon 5D Mark II
100mm L Macro
ISO 400
1/320 @ F/2.8

I live outside Milwaukee, Wi and after seeing this new shooting challenge it started to snow. I have been meaning to try to do some macro shooting on snowflakes so I thought what better time! I went outside to play with my two dogs, and while watching them run around I was catching snowflakes on my mittens. This particular snowflake looks rather icy, and on the red background, it really pops.

Thank you,
-Stephanie Drew

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS at 53mm
Exposure: 1/100
ISO: 100
F-Stop: f/9
Flash: No Flash
Attachments: Hoya +4 Close-Up Filter


Story: I started with just shooting some commercial bagged ice I had in my freezer, you know the type with a hole going down the middle. I set some ice on a black plate and lit it with a desk lamp. This produced some neat shots until I got bored and decided to pickup the ice and hold it directly in front of the lamp. After experimenting with some orientations I focused on trying to capture the formations within the cylinder in the center of the ice. I went though about 5handfuls until I stumbled upon the piece within the photo. Just the
right orientation, two steady hands and the correct focus on the little ice crystals which were in that piece produced this shot. The only editing that took place was a little color correction in Adobe Lightroom.
-Steve Ellingson

I used a Canon Powershot S3IS to take this photo. I froze a sheet of ice in a baking pan, unmolded the ice, and got out my trusty blowtorch. I used the torch to melt the ice just enough to make the sheet of ice transparent. I then took a photo through the ice. This was a fun challenge for me because we ( my family and I ) were snowed in for the day . Thanks for the entertainment.
-Susan Buckley

Ink blot

Taken with my Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi
F-stop: f/4.5
Focal length: 33mm
Manual focus
Manual white balance
ISO speed: 800
Exposure: 1/50 sec.
Flash did not fire

This is my first submission to a shooting challenge. (Hope I'm doing it right)

I went to get ice for some water I planed on drinking. Then I remembered the challenge. So after much brainstorming I came up with "Ice in its natural habitat". I went to the back yard and placed them in the snow that had just fell. To my surprise it wasn't that easy to photograph the ice cubes. Its hard to make them look interesting.
-Tim Drivas

I call this: Sunrise Surprise. I went out to my truck one morning
this week to find it covered in frost. The glow in the background is the sun
hitting my garage. This was taken from inside the truck with a 20mm
lens/f1.7/1/500sec. iso160
-Tim Hammer

Nikon D40
Exposure 1/2500 sec
ISO 200
18-55mm lens

I live across the street from a skating rink in St. Paul, Minnesota. During a weekend skate, my daughters found this perfectly preserved leaf in the ice, like a fossil from the fall frozen in time.
-Tim Post

Took these with my brand new Nikon D5000, which is my first DSLR (ISO 200, 18-55mm kit lens, f8, 1/200). I was roaming around our ice encrusted yard in Maple Ridge, BC (A suburb of Vancouver) when I saw these ice crystals on the railing of our balcony.

-Tom Jones

In short I was at my works parking lot in the wee hours of the morning ( 05:30 ) when I noticed the fence surrounding my work had this "Ice" clinging too every portion of the chain link.
My Canon 5DM2 handy I set the ISO @ 800 f/3.5 with the help of a flash captured a series of these ice crystals.
Looking back if I had my 150mm macro in the truck it might have been nice.
No snow , no rain just lots of moisture in the air with very cold temps.
- RF Doss

Shot this by the stoop outside my office.

the small roof over the stoop incessantly drips water, and it splashing off the concrete creates these fascinating rounded formations.
shot this on my knees in the snow covered gravel, with my lens about 10-12" from the unusual ice formations.


I really like the darker area, it draws the eye. Shot at F4 because I wanted a really narrow DOF.

shot with a canon XSI
24-105mm L series IS USM F4 lens

ISO 100
focal 105mm
shutter 1/320

I did crop the image to adjust composition, and did slight color correction.
-Ture Gustafson.

We've had temperatures that hover just above freezing during the day and just under at night, and our back yard is shaded. I haven't been out there since before New Year's, but ventured out there today, and saw how the dirt stretch next to our back gravel drive looked odd, pockmarked and with big holes in it. Turns out the water-saturated ground had frozen, then thawed a bit, and re-froze, making an alien ice garden in the mud! Here's one of the shots I took.


Technical info:
Shutter Speed:1/16 second
Focal Length:55 mm
ISO Speed:800

-Victoria Shaffer