Photography used to feel like magic, but then we got Photoshop. For this week's challenge, combine photos and Photoshop to create something unreal—an object broken up by its segments, floating in midair.

The Challenge

Take a photo of an object, broken into segments, floating in midair. Wait...what?

The Technique

This week's technique was inspired by a great Photo Extremist tutorial. Basically, you'll lock down your camera and take two shots. One shot will be of a plain background. The next shot will be of an object placed in front of that background.


Break this object into pieces. Shatter a mug. Break a CD. Disassembling an object is wonderful, too! Do whatever you like to break one object into many pieces. Then lift these pieces with some sort of wire.

Stack shot two on top of shot one, and simply erase the wires. What you'll end up with is an impossibly awesome photograph.

The Example

Our lead shot is by flickr's Porkchop 756. It's the Photo Extremist tutorial, brought it life. What you could do better, of course, is using a more contrasting background. The best products will be fantastic origin photos, mixed with clever technique. Also, think beyond the banana itself. Remember, you'll be able to erase virtually any sort of supports using this technique. So go nuts on the subject itself.

The Rules

0. No watermarks. They're so ugly.
1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced (read more on that above).
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a 2560x1600 sized in email. I know that your photo may not fall into those exact high rez dimensions, so whatever native resolution you're using is fine.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, October 8th at 10AM Eastern to with "Float" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameFloat.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameFloatWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don't skip this story part because it's often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!