We’ve moved our discussions to Discord! Join us there! https://discord.gg/HwkZFH5
BTS - Creating Fog with Dry Ice
Ever since the Lego Ideas Saturn V rocket was released, I've been looking for a way shoot a compelling photograph of it it. Rather than going big with the scene and frankly the COST, I decided to go small scale! I felt like it needed the launch tower in order to complete the scene too. I found a moc online of a small scale Saturn V and launch tower that I built. Next, I planned the setting. I found photos taken before the launch. One that caught my attention showed the Saturn V’s journey from the assembly building to Launch Pad 39A during a morning fog.
The fog would provide a nice backdrop to help the LEGO moc stand out when illuminated by golden hour sunlight. I looked into buying a fog machine but abandoned that idea when the best price I could find was $80. A friend suggested dry ice, so I found a store and picked up a sample to do a test. It is solid CO2, which converts directly to a gas. When submerged in warm water, I found that it produces a great low-lying fog effect. After a successful test, I prepped my location. I was going to shoot on the side of my yard facing east at sunrise the next day. It’s hotter than the surface of the sun in Florida this time of year, so I waited until night to build the set. I framed out my set to contain both the water on either side of the road and the fog that would be floating on top.
I found that dry ice doesn’t keep well over long periods of time, so early next morning I drove to the store to buy a block of dry ice (costing only $10). Side note: Did you know that dry ice can cause major damage if it comes in contact with your eyes or skin? With that in mind and my wife out of town, I convinced my kids to stay inside the house during the shoot (thanks, Netflix). Safety first! Gloves and goggles were a must. I ended up using a screwdriver like a pickaxe to break up the dry ice into ice cube sized pieces. I put the dry ice on small plates so as the water cooled, I could change it out with warm water to keep the fog flowing. Each time the fog died down, I'd break up a new batch of ice from the block and do another round of photos. In all, I did five sets of photos but turns out my first set produced the best shot!
I also shot some video, which I posted on my instagram page @letsbuildspace.
“Morning Commute” took a lot of work to pull off but I'm happy with the result. All the time and effort was worth it!
Oh my! I'm always awe-inspired by the lengths some photographers go to get one good photo! The result is impressive.
You could even pull off an impressive shot of a plane above the clouds. Very cool (literally ???? )
I'm utterly impressed, both by the shot and the BTS. I can't even start to work with smoke at the small scale, so what you've done is inspiring! ????
Awesome! Followed you on Instagram, cool account!