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More incense smoke, this time my second attempt at doing it. I took about 80 photos in this second attempt, although only a few came out ok. The image has been curved to get the best contrast between the smoke and the background, and some of the background (on the right of the smoke) has been selectively curved to ensure it was black. The smoke was hue-shifted to turn it green from the vaguely cyan colour it began.
Posted 11:29pm Wednesday, 2nd November 2005
I was considering breaking up the smoke pictures, as I prefer not to do series of the same subject, however I liked this photo too much to hold it back :o) I still have to find a better way to do these shots as more often than not the background gets lit by the flash, and ruins the contrast. I have been experimenting with adding things into the smoke stream, but I also need to find a stiller place to do all this work!
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Filed in: [Abstract]
AlanGraham
Great shot David - I've never tried smoke spirals, and had always wondered how they managed to get different colours of smoke :-)
SteveO
This is really good, much better than the last one i think. As for the flash lighting up the background, maybe you gould get a flash cord and have it lit from below and to the side, that might help.
owen
Very cool. That main spiral is excellent - so well defined.
Stephanie
David, I really like this shot. I like the way the smoke is going through the shot and the colour you've chosen for the smoke.
EOS Chaos
I'm loving the smoke art that you are posting at the mo'. I have'nt tried these yet but i love the random shapes and swirls that can be acheived. Your shot today for instance has this lovely swirl in the middle of it and the ear like shape at the top. I really do like these, if you have some more, don't hold back, post on! ;-) - [Chuks]
AF Photography
Amazing shot David, especially as it's only your second attempt at them. The only thing I can suggest for the background would be a white sheet or something to at least keep it uniform. Don't worry about posting similar shots as it makes it easier for us to compare them!
garyx
For some reason this image reminds me of Nick Knight's, 'Susie Smoking' from 1988. Great shot David.
Ed
Bravo. I'm glad you decided to post this. I like the green colour. That swirl looks amazing.
emma
eerie colours - another good one David :)
LEo
Very interesting look. Color processing worked out really well.
Jem
Another gorgeous shot Dave - you certainly have the technique perfected :D
JN
WOW! the curl in the middle is almost perfectly formed. Well done
cruise
green smoke over black background, nice one. like this on your smoke series..
Phil
I cant get over the spiral in the middle. The bright green works so well on this background.

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