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I have been wanting to try smoke art for a while now, and this is one of the photos I have taken on my first try at it. It is incense smoke lit by a manually triggered flash (which is why the EXIF shows no flash), and re-coloured in Photoshop.
Posted 6:25pm Tuesday, 1st November 2005
I had a day off today which allowed me the time to try this out. The electronics building at University burnt down at the weekend. The computer science building where I work was closed as a precaution, so I got a couple of days off work!
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owen
Excellent stuff. Looks like those psychology tests (not that I've ever done one, honest!)
emma
Oooh - great job David! been wanting to try this myself too :)
Jem
I do love smoke shots - I find them quite difficult to light though. Was this a white background, or was it originally black and inverted? Lovely colouring and motion of the smoke too! :)
cruise
haven't try to capture smoke, this makes me want to try it. great capture.
Heather
Wow -- this is really beautiful. What did you use as the background?
ian
I like it! After Rock posted some of these, it is on my list to try too. Hope the university gets back into action quickly.
SteveO
Funny you should be posting smoke shots the day the uni burnt down, it wasn't one of your photographic experiments that caused it was it :-)

Its a really nice shot, not sure about that yellow colour. I really must have a go at doing some of these.

CurlyToes
Thanks for all your comments. The background was originally black, and the photo was inverted and a hue shift applied to various parts to colour them. I was originally using an instrument case as the background, but in the end the background is just thin air, turned black by the small aperture and the bright flash.
Cyron
Simply gorgeous.
GeeTee
Brilliantly executed. There's something quite dreamy about this.
Heidi
Oh, it seems these two colors make love! ;-)
Michelle
I'm far from an expert but first attempt aside this is super.
EOS Chaos
I like smoke images like this. I've seen some excellent ones at Sensitivelight.com. Looks like you've got the hang of it right from the start, nice one! - [Chuks]
CurlyToes
Thanks Chuks - it was sensitive light that originally introduced me to these images. It's a shame he doesn't update any longer. I've been wanting to try them since I first saw them there, probably 2 years ago :o)
David Kapp
I really like this one, and its one of the better smoke images I've come across. I think its the colors you chose. They are light and blend well. Nice work :)
garyx
Smoke shots is on my To Do list too. I think the colours really make this stand out for me.
IanMcNairn
David .... these are easily the best smoke shots I've seen in a very long while ... and the Photoshop work is nicely subtle !
tobias
Ooh me too, I love this. Very studio. Of course this would be because all of your insects are now retiring ;) Tried the desaturation out, it is frustrating. Attempted the rose hip image but gave up. The "magic wand" refused to select the berries without incorporating it's selection into half the background which I didn't want. So, settled for the current post. Thanks for the tips though. Took me a while but I was entertained...
m
Duuuuuude . . . I'm blown away
Lyrics
What a strange result ! It's amazing ...

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