Smoke Art

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  1. Lyncca

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    I finally played last night! This was the first try, I'm pretty happy with them. I will definitely do this again. People are going bananas over them!

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    How exactly did you do these?
     
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    They are actually a lot easier to do than they look like. All you need is a black backdrop, off camera flash, and incense. I also used a snoot to direct my light away from the blackdrop. The flash was at about the 10:00 position. Then I metered on the smoke and manually focused. Then I just snapped away as I saw designs in the smoke.

    Afterwards, in Lightroom I darkened the blacks as much as possible, exported to PS. Then you can invert the colors for a white background or leave as black, then put a color or gradient overlay set to "hue" or some other setting that will only let the color show through.

    That's it :)
     
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    Awesome abstracts, I bet they will look *AMAZING* when printed, and printed big like 13x19+. Very artistic, and some image styles that I've never seen. Great job!
     
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    You could definitely sell those in my town. (Woodstock, NY)
     
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    Nice idea and great pics.

    Ps. Use photoadder.com for image hosting!
     
  7. Lyncca

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    I've had several people tell me that I need to get a booth or something at an art exhibit and that these would really do well. It's nice to hear it from other photographers instead of friends though ;)

    I have a friend that is a bronze sculptor. He does art exhibits all the time and he mentioned last night doing a shared show. I would be SO excited!
     
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    great shapes you got with the smoke, is it pure luck or in somehow intentional?
     
  9. Lyncca

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    A little of both. You can use spoons, etc to make the smoke respond in different ways, but otherwise, I just tilted the camera with the smoke and waited until I saw something interesting...

    When I do it again, I will probably have my husband help me with manipulating the smoke so I can concentrate on the composition more.
     
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    Ive been wanting to do something like this for while but i just hadn't put too much thought into the approach. But you gave me some good ideas and ill definitely be doing this within the next few days. theyre really good.
     
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    Great shots, great idea. I was wondering what I'd have to smoke, ... a little disappointed, but I can score some incense.
     
  12. Lyncca

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    LOL. It's a little obsessive once you get the setup. I did moe tonight, and will post later. It reminds me of Corinna in her water drop pics, which I need to do again as well since I have so much more equipment now.

    I had more than one mention that it reminded them of some happy drugs :)
     

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