There is a front yard on my daily bicycle commute that is filled with shattered glass. Heard about this contest last night and the image instantly popped in my head. Stopped there on my way home, couple minutes in LightRoom a tada :: Shattered ::
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Tokina 11-16
ISO: 100
Shot: 1/50th of a second at f.14 (no flash)
- Alexandra Wasko

Basically, I went for a walk with my camera and decided that this beautiful, pristine, unbroken sheet of ice was undeniably going to call victim to my hefty boot. Spent at least 10 min trying to break the thick ice which was probably a laughable sight to someone. Eventually broke through and took this photo. I really enjoy photographing things that people do not initially know what the subject is. Oh, and breaking things.
Canon 50D, 24-70mm f/2.8L
f/4.5, ISO 125, 1/1000 shutter speed. Focal Length of 43mm.
-Andrew Glicklich

Shot using several 12"x12" mirror panes shattered with a bowling ball, which actually took several attempts. The rented garage at my apartment complex was my studio, and for lighting I used a handful of red, green and blue LED fingerlights placed at varying intervals. The hardest part of this shot was attempting to maneuver around my tripod, all of the broken glass on the floor, kayaks, fishing and camping gear, all by the light of a couple tiny LEDs.

Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8 PRO D, ISO 125, F/8.0, 1.3s

-Andrew White

My husband was playing with a USS Enterprise pizza cutter I got him for Christmas. Nearby were a defective glass cabinet door from a certain Scandinavian retailer, an oversized coffee table book of Hubble Telescope images, an emergency LED flashlight, and a hammer. This was the result.


Techy Stuff: Nikon D7000, Nikon 35mm, f/14, ISO 400, 2 sec exposure. Minor color/contrast adjustment.

-Ashley Carter

I get to drink beer AND smash things? This is my kind of contest!
First, I did a crappy water color painting, and placed it on the floor; then, I placed a pre-smashed glass baking dish about 8 inches above that (held in place with 4 beer bottles). In the dish, I put in about a half inch of water and some cooking oil (for the bubble effect). As lighting, I just used one of those bright halogen construction lights shining in from the side. I placed my tripod in the upside down position and shot away quickly before the water seeped through the cracks. Canon 60D, f/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO 100, focal length 200mm, beer drank 14.

- Barrie Parkman

I almost smashed an old vintage mirror that was laying around in my basement. I was going to tape the back and then give it a whack with a hammer to have it spiderweb out, and as I flipped it over I saw this stamp showing the company logo and it being manufactured in 1967. Along with having 7 years bad luck, I thought it may be worth something and decided on using some glass bottles that didn't make it to the recycling bin yet. The clear bottles are Stewarts Orange Cream and the brown is Red Stripe. I took over 60 pictures in various setups and ended up with only two that I really liked. I had the wife make the final decision. I arranged the bottle tops on a clear glass window about 6 inches above the mirror I almost smashed earlier. I used a speedlight off camera to the right of the image. I aimed it down at the mirror to bounce back up at the bottle tops. I used Aperture for some minor color correction.
ISO 400 | f/2 | 1/60
Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon Speedlite 430EX II

- Brendan Dence

Couldn't bear to shatter one of my possessions, so I went to the local Habitat for Humanity building supply re-use center and found a piece of broken mirror that they were happy to be rid of. I lay the mirror on top of a large round glass tabletop, with a few small stones underneath. Laid a towel on top, *whack* with a rubber mallet, and removed the towel and stones. Next I put a black dropcloth underneath the glass that moved the whole set-up outside. For this shot I put the shattered mirror underneath our bamboo, so that the shards reflected bamboo and sky. Picture taken with a Canon 60D, f/5.6, 1/200 second exposure at ISO 160.

- Brian Hall

I titled the picture "Cracked Case" because it is a pun on words, in the sense that at it's core it is a picture of a cracked jewel case, but if you go deeper it is a story of a detective solving the case of the cd thief. I got the idea for this shot when I was looking for something shattered to use as a filter over my lens to do this challenge, but what i found out that my camera had a hard time focusing on the shattered piece of plastic or it would focus past it. So as I was working in front of my computer I came up with this image. If you look carefully at the desktop image it is my first image that i took of just the case in front of the screen. The next steps was to retake the picture the same way but with my first picture on the desktop and still with the cracked jewel case in front of it. I wanted to get that infinity "inception" mirror effect by using multiple images of the same thing. After some post editing I came up with the final image. I used iPhoto to create the iris effect, I did that to enhance the first person effect. I then used added contrast and sharpness to bring out the image of the cracked CD case. For my camera equipment I used my Canon EOS 7D paired with my 28-135 lens. The shot was taken at 28mm, on iso 800, shutter speed 125, and 3.5F. Hope you enjoyed this process as much as I did. - Brian Tom

Everybody in my home always gathers around the living room fireplace to read or watch TV. When the fire started to die in the fireplace I kept staring at the embers. That's when I decided to take a picture of the abstractness created by the ash and embers. I found it presented a very shattered, desolate, landscape-like feel and at the same time was very beautiful.
-Nikon D7000
-18-105 Nikkor lens
-Exposure Time 1/40 second
-F-stop f/5.6
-Focal length 105 mm
- Bryndan Bedel

Luckily my brother is a big recycler and had a bunch of glass bottles. We took a long cylindrical glass bottle and shattered the bottom half. I then took the pieces and filled the remaining unshattered part of the bottle, laid it down, and shined a flashlight at the other end. Then I just took several pictures and this one looked best, like a light at the end of shattered glass tunnel.
Canon T2i, 18-135mm lens, F-stop f/5.6, 1/160 sec exposure, 55 mm focal length, No Flash
- Carl Santos

So, a friend and I had ideas about dropping some glass bowls or vases and taking the picture as they shattered. So we went to a thrift store and bought 4 or 5 vases/bowls to break. As we were about to leave we saw some mirrors leaning up against the wall and bought one kind of as an afterthought. The picture we took with that turned out to be the best one! He had to stand on top of a flat bed truck that was nearby so that it fell far enough, and I happened to capture it just as it broke. Luckily, I also turned out to be in the picture! (wasn't confident in that happening, even though that's what we were going for)
- Chris Morey

I spent a good 2-3 hours searching around my neighborhood for ideas that fit this week's shooting challenge. With it being the winter season I figured I could venture into the woods and try to get a few interesting shots of broken or split tree branches and not have to worry about stepping on a snake. I took about 100 close up shots of various broken branches, interesting moss formations, nasty green algae growths in the local pond and even took pictures of this cool water formation that looked like cracked glass. But not of those pictures stood out in my mind. The very first picture I took to test the macro setting on Canon just happened to be the best picture of the lot.
Canon Rebel 2
Basic settings using the flower icon for close up photography
- Chris Ondrus

I blurred out this picture on purpose in order to give it a more abstract look and more glistening bokeh. I also find the black and white more appealing for this shot. I used my canon macro lens mounted on a tripod to take this shot using only available light from a window.
1/2000 sec at f/2.8 ISO 200
- Christophe Van Biesen

Among other things, I slammed a watermelon and an egg trying to get the perfect shatter for this challenge. Those pictures turned out ok, but this image of a wine glass with a shatter pattern was my favorite overall.
If I don't make it this week, I will blame the $1 mirror I also shattered for photos... It's bad luck!
Canon T2i, 100mm, f/4
- Diego Jiménez

This is a photo of a storage jar that was full of beach sand, seashells & a starfish. Our 7 year old picked it up to (once again) look at the seashells and starfish inside and accidentally dropped the jar. It fell and smashed - fortunately she was fine but a little shaken up. We cleaned up the remnants and threw the glass away. Then I saw your contest and wondered if I could capture the image once again. We laid out the glass and contents as it was before and I took a few macro shots. The included shot was the one that was most telling of the story. I enjoyed taking the time to take the photo and I really appreciate you accepting my contribution. My daughter quite enjoyed her dad taking photos of her accident :)


Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec
Aperture Priority
F-Stop: f/2.8
ISO: 2500
Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Shot in RAW
Metering: Spot
- Graham Kingma

For this contest i decided to place a blank CD-RW disc in my microwave for a few seconds and let the microwave "shatter" the metal inside the disc. Onece the disc was Shattered I used a few drops of water as prisms on the disc and a mini mag light as my light source. During the exposure the mag light was moved in a circle around the disk creating the rings of light insde the water drops. The only post processing was a bit of darkening of contrast. I used a Nikon D5000 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 lens, 15 second exposure,ISO 360, f/10 on a Joby mini tripod.
- James Bowman

So I read the challenge and immediately thought: "eggs shatter, so do glasses - eggs IN glasses!". The sledgehammer came after repeated attempts to drop the glass/egg package from a hight failed to break the glass but did waste a lot of eggs. I also had a protective screen across the lens and made a remote shutter control to keep me away from flying egg/glass shrapnel.
Shot with a Canon E0S1000D, 1/1600, ISO 200,a ton of lights and a big sheet of glass to keep me safe.
- James Slade

I thought the word "shatter" could have double meaning, so for this shot not only is the broken glass shattered, but so is a life. It wasn't an easy task. I first had to find a homeless man, knock him out, get him into the bathtub and slit his wrists. I should have used a pulley system as it would have been much easier. :) JK. It's me. I used a delay timer, extra lights and a whole bottle of MiO liquid water enhancer (fruit punch). I then did some touch-ups in Lightroom.
Nikon D80
ISO 100
50 mm Lens
f 1.8
- Jeffrey Phillips

When I read about this challenge I instantly thought about using a CD as the subject. In the past I always had fun putting a CD in the microwave for about 5 seconds and watching it spark and cause very cool patterns in the disc – as if the disc had cracks in it. I did this for the Shatter challenge and used some recently purchased extension tubes to get a nice close-up.

Canon T2i ISO 100 1/250 using the kit lens with extension tubes
- Jared Grayden

I took this as a personal challenge. My iPhone 4 screen is shattered and when I saw the initial post, I quickly glanced at the challenge rules, and then ran to grab my phone and take a beautiful shot of the devastated screen. When I was re-reading through the rules I saw the technique portion and read that my first picture wasn't going to cut it. I took this as a personal challenge to outwit and find a great shattered. This is my clever response. So, drink up and enjoy shattered cola.

Equipment: Nikkon D40 with kit lens - 18-55mm Settings: I used the auto aperture setting and manual focus. I also found some strong lighting during snack/homework time for our 6 boys.
- JJ Blevins