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Smoke Art VI/VI

Posted by
Shuva Brata Deb (Bangalore, India) on 28 April 2007 in Abstract & Conceptual.

...Contuning with yesterday's post, this is the end of my series on Smoke art photography. As promised, here is my studio setup description:

I had a black back drop about 2 feet from the tip of the incese stick. The camera was placed at the nearest focussing distance from the incense at a good zoom (> 60mm but not as much at 150 mm)). The idea is to blur off the background as I had folds on my back drop cloth. The camera was on a tripod with the remote shutter release cable attached. Put it on manual focus with the focus on the tip of the insense stick. Close all windows -- you dont need a dark room, but make sure you dont get too much light reflected from the backdrop which could be distracting. The most important thing is the flash unit which should be placed off the camera and pointing at the smoke from your right side, left side or from the bottom of the stick. I used the Canon off Camera shoe cord. It is very important to direct the light from the flash from sideways and also make sure that it does not fall on the camera lens (to avoid flares, you can use a lens hood too) or the back drop.

Light up the incense stick and when you see any nice pattern shoot it. Preview the first few shots and make adjustments to your flash setup if necessary. Dont forget to make the room wind free and use your lungs to make small air blows to generate some good patterns.

I plan to set up the same again another day and do some more. You will never get tired coz every pattern is exquisitely different.

Here are some smoke art photography from some other artists that I liked:

1. Sensitive Light
2. Jamella's Aminus3 page.

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/50 second F/5.0 ISO 200 40 mm

Art Monkey from Salt Spring Island, Canada

thanks so much for sharing your techniques with us :)
another very interesting shot!

28 Apr 2007 6:00am

Jerry from Tampa, United States

Shuva - THANK YOU for the tutorial!!! The series was EXCELLENT! Very creative images! Wonderful work!

28 Apr 2007 9:23am

Inès from Belgium

I love this art smoke, really !!! thanks to give us your way to do !!!

28 Apr 2007 4:54pm

JackGirl from dreamland, Brazil

wow..just fantastic
I wish I had a good camera to try this.........perfect

28 Apr 2007 8:27pm

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Really beautiful series Shuva, wonderful shapes!

30 Apr 2007 3:52pm

pisces from Stockholm, Sweden

Smoke art, I will never become tierd of it... Beautiful series!

1 May 2007 6:57pm

deji77 from United Kingdom

Very intriguing light shot. Thanks for sharing the technique you used.

21 May 2007 8:24am