Abstract photo

Discussion in 'Critique Forum Archives' started by anton980, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. anton980

    anton980 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2004
    Messages:
    256
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Newport News, VA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Hello! I've been doing some experiments last night and came up with this. I thought it looked interesting, so I wanted to share it and see what everyone else thinks of it. Thanks!

    [​IMG]

    Anton
     
  2. mentos_007

    mentos_007 The Freshmaker!

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2004
    Messages:
    9,325
    Likes Received:
    102
    Location:
    Poland, Sz-n
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    woow!! looks cool! is that a smoke from cigarettes? I can see a dog shape :)
     
  3. Christie Photo

    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2005
    Messages:
    7,006
    Likes Received:
    67
    Location:
    Kankakee, IL
    You're right... it is interesting. Makes me think of an X-ray.

    Nicely done!
     
  4. anton980

    anton980 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2004
    Messages:
    256
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Newport News, VA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Hi and thanks for replies! Yes, it's smoke. I shot a ton of these that night, then looked through them, found the ones I thought to be most interesting, cropped the interesting part and mirrored it. They remind me of ink blobs at psychiatrists office - if you look at it long enough, you can find a ton of different things. Here's another one - quality is pretty bad, though. It took me a while to figure out how to light these properly :)
    [​IMG]
     
  5. bennyboy

    bennyboy TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2005
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
    How did you light these if you don't mind me asking? It's a great effect.
     
  6. thebeginning

    thebeginning TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2005
    Messages:
    3,795
    Likes Received:
    29
    Location:
    Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    that is freaking sweet. prime rib right there. great idea!
     
  7. mentos_007

    mentos_007 The Freshmaker!

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2004
    Messages:
    9,325
    Likes Received:
    102
    Location:
    Poland, Sz-n
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    well... so if you compared it to the ink blobs at psycho's what does it mean if I see a dog there? :):):)
     
  8. anton980

    anton980 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2004
    Messages:
    256
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Newport News, VA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    bennyboy: Use a darkest piece of cloth you can find for a background, set up your smoking prop as far away from the background (so you dont put too much light on it during shooting, that way it stays black), then set up a couple of lights (I used a table lamp since I dont have anything more professional) to illuminate the smoke and try to keep the background in the shadow. And lastly, use a strong flash from the side, so the smoke reads bright while the background is shadowed.

    thebeginning: thanks! I have a few interesting ideas for this kind of photography. I'll try them out first chance I get :)

    mentos_007: I dont even know where to begin looking for that dog! :)
     
  9. meotter

    meotter TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 29, 2004
    Messages:
    532
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    CT
    i love the technique!!! i'd love to try it myself, but i'm pretty much very lazy :p haha so i plan on living vicariously through you... take a bazillion pictures and post them all :)

    sometimes i become completely entranced watching smoke curl off a cigarette that is just burning in the ashtray.

    matches & candles work too, but not nearly as well as the stinky cigarettes :p
     
  10. anton980

    anton980 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2004
    Messages:
    256
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Newport News, VA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Thanks very much for kind words, meotter! If you're going to try this, use incense sticks. They seem to provide the most stable supply of smoke, and they smell the best. And I'll definately post more photos just as soon as I take them. Thanks again!

    Anton
     
  11. Alpha

    Alpha Troll Extraordinaire

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2005
    Messages:
    5,454
    Likes Received:
    41
    Location:
    San Francisco
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    the second one is ridiculous. looks like you make it in Lightwave or something. Does anybody else see the face?
     
  12. meotter

    meotter TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 29, 2004
    Messages:
    532
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    CT
    they all actually very much remind me of geiger art work... those crazy demon paintings... same colors etc.

    incense sticks are awesome for that :) true dat!
     

Share This Page