Smoke Trails

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Hi All,

I have always admired pictures of smoke trails so on Sunday decided to give it a try:

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Had a great time smelling out the house with incense sticks. Wife wondered what was happening when She came down!

I experimented with making the smoke various colours but preferred it in B & W.

Best regards

Chris
 
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Hi Don and Keith,

Many thanks for the comments.

Keith, I had a black background and lit the smoke with an SB800 on the side with a honeycomb to stop light spill. It was set at 1/4 power and on a radio remote.

Had to go manual focus and keep waiting for the smoke to go into the correct 'in focus' area!

I took about 300 pictures and chose a few I liked. The image was turned into a negative then the smoke colour brought out in ps along with a tad of sharpening.

As mentioned I did try turning the smoke into various blues and reds, but much preferred it in B & W.

Taken with D3X.

Hope that helps.

Best regards

Chris
 
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Hi Don and Keith,

Many thanks for the comments.

Keith, I had a black background and lit the smoke with an SB800 on the side with a honeycomb to stop light spill. It was set at 1/4 power and on a radio remote.

Had to go manual focus and keep waiting for the smoke to go into the correct 'in focus' area!

I took about 300 pictures and chose a few I liked. The image was turned into a negative then the smoke colour brought out in ps along with a tad of sharpening.

As mentioned I did try turning the smoke into various blues and reds, but much preferred it in B & W.

Taken with D3X.

Hope that helps.

Best regards

Chris
Thanks a lot Chris. I am going to have to try this sometime! The technique doesnt seem too awful difficult. Thanks for taking the time to explain!
 
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Interesting, very interesting. Your smoke brought out some details and swirls very similar to the swirls in my water/ink abstracts. But with your less viscous materials the swirls are more pronounced.
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Catching these things in focus is very hard. Perhaps a "box" of glass with a hole in the bottom for the smoke and no top... glass chimney ... would help keep room zephyr disturbances under control.
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