Shattered at Last

By: Gustav Hoiland

Feb 06 2012

Category: studio

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Aperture:f/22
Focal Length:50mm
ISO:200
Shutter:1/125 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

Twenty Bucks

And finally it’s been done. Been attempted. Been started. This very shot concludes the many-month period of waiting for it to happen. Beer bottles breaking in a studio (bedroom). Honestly I haven’t been this excited about my work, the photos showing up on the LCD of the camera, in … ever. All homework tonight was shoved aside as I finally got to shooting this after about six hours worth of prep.

It’s been on my to-do list for so long. It was attempted a month ago outside, but self conscious about the ruckus I was causing (bottles breaking over and over) I bowed out early. So many hours of mental ruminations about how to set it up, how to light, how to drop, on what to drop onto, etc.

I’ll leave the monstrosity of the setup in place for the rest of the week, occupying a great corner of my room. I’ll cycle through different six-packs of bottles – tonight was Brooklyn (the favorite) and Harpoon (the local). One quarter drank, three quarters smashed into bits.

Phew. It has finally begun.

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