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The Hot Ice Cube Refreeze

Take Two with Eberhard Schuy

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In this follow-up video, Eberhard Schuy of Loft 2 is back perfecting his oversights, bringing a successful conclusion to “The Hot Ice Cube”. After the many viewer responses that resulted from The Hot Ice Cube, Schuy decided to put those comments to good practical use and started right away working on the imperfections of the first video. Most viewers were not satisfied with the “authenticity” of the ice cube and felt it could go much further in an attempt to make it look realistic. Beginning with an evaluation of the previously produced ice shot, Schuy explains the errors that were made the first time around. No small feat for most photographers, but Schuy approaches this topic like a pro, very thankful for the viewer responses. The first ice cube, when viewed in the finished shot, looks somewhat metal-like and is also missing the transparency so characteristic of ice. This is partially due to the fact that Schuy used an acrylic ice cube; filed down into the desired shape he was looking for. To remedy that solution for the reshoot, Schuy makes a form cast of the plastic ice cube, therefore guaranteeing him the exact shape he desires. Next to the simple materials that can be purchased in a hobby or hardware store all that is needed is time, three hours to be exact, and water to pour into the hardened form cast. Moving along, Schuy notes that the same lighting set-up was used with the small exception of placing a candle underneath the ice form. And this makes all the difference, as he explains, “When I place a candle underneath the ice cube, it radiates light from within as opposed to being lit up from the exterior.” But Schuy does not stop there; he uses a small spotlight to simulate the effect of the candlelight, resulting in the same yellow nuance achieved with the candlelight. Viewers will definitely not be disappointed this time around. Not only does Schuy offer a professional and technical guide relating to light and its affect on the different materials being used, but also he has perfected the art of photographing a real ice cube.