Smoke art

Posted by Yonatan (New York, United States) on 30 March 2012 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

I've been meaning to experiment with smoke photography for a while and last week I finally did. The weather in New York has been fluctuating like crazy, 75 degrees one day and 48 degrees and cloudy the next. On a lazy 48 degree Sunday, I figured it was time to play around.

My setup was simple. Incense taped to an empty beer bottle sitting on a step ladder in front of my dark wall unit. Camera with macro lens on a tripod with a shutter release cable and my monolight angled to try and direct light only onto the smoke.

I burned once incense stick and took a ton of shots while the smoke flowed in all different directions. The only modifications to this shot were some curves adjustments and adjustment of the hue. The original colors were a very pleasing mix of white and blue, but I felt like taking some artistic liberties with this one.

For the next little while I'll show off some of my creations. I'm a bit torn about how I will go about doing this, as the original shots themselves are pretty cool, but I'm having a ton of fun duplicating layers, mirroring, and adjusting the hue and saturation to come up with some interesting creations. Stay tuned!

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Olympus E-5
1/250 second
ISO 200
100 mm (35mm equiv.)

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