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    Smoke Photos - This is cool!

    This is something I've been wanting to try for ages, and last night I finally got to do it - Smoke Photos!

    The setup was pretty simple, black background, a stand with incense burning, flash to camera left, reflector disk to camera right.

    Camera settings were D300 + Sigma 24-70, 1/250, f/14, ISO-200, SB-900 with cardboard snoot, wireless, at full power (until it overheated then I swapped to the SB-800).

    The results:

    Confusion



    Tornado



    Twins



    The Mask - Can anyone else see what looks like a masquerade mask?



    Pelvis



    The setup shot.
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    Nice work Adam. The pic of the setup is helpful too.

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    Interesting images - well done.

    It is always interesting to see something a bit different and even more so if the results are as good as this.
    Thanks also for the setup shot -- very helpfull.
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    Very, very interesting - thanks for sharing.
    I am definitely going to have to try this.

    I assume the photos with the white background you just inverted the colours?

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    I love doing these and seeing others efforts as well. It is amazing how often you can see 'things' in the smoke patterns. Good work showing the setup to Adam
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    Love em. Seen them around every now and then, and like have always wanted to try, but also, unlike you, haven't tried yet. That setup shot will help I'm sure. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    It is amazing how often you can see 'things' in the smoke patterns.
    Sometimes it depends what kinda smoke you're working with....

    Great shots. I love the setup shot too - a great example of improvising and not needing to spend up big (i.e. the "light stand" and the background holder)

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    Great work, I love seeing the setup shots too. I can't wait till I can this this a go, but will have to wait until I've got a flash...
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    Cheers everyone. I've got more at home and will post some more of the interesting ones as I process them.

    Quote Originally Posted by MattC View Post
    I assume the photos with the white background you just inverted the colours?
    Yep, sure did!

    Quote Originally Posted by maccaroneski View Post
    I love the setup shot too - a great example of improvising and not needing to spend up big (i.e. the "light stand" and the background holder)
    Yeah, I don't have light stands and I couldn't be bothered unrolling my 6mx3m backdrop (in a bag to the right of the background I used) so I just used some heavy black material on an mobile clothes rack, lol. I used one of the backdrop stands to hang the reflector off.

    I don't know if the reflector did anything, but had it there all the same.

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    Nice work Cool shots
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    Awesome looking shots BLWNHR

    Great use of contrasting colours.

    P.S. I like the stack of Dragster Magazines near the wall, im a fan also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCS_80 View Post
    P.S. I like the stack of Dragster Magazines near the wall, im a fan also.
    They just send them to me, lol, I supply them with photos from time to time and they give me a subscription, haha.

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    Brilliant, just brilliant!!
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    thanks Adam for the series and the setup shot too. Must have a go at this.
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    Really interesting...love the 'pelvis' shot...some really pretty colour there
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    Fascinating and interesting stuff. Great to see it and how its done.

    However, smoking is bad for your health and Mongo only smokes when he is on fire.
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    cool as!

    Can I ask why you used the snoot?
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    Great shots there Adam! I really like the one you've called Pelvis. Did you notice it's giving birth to Darth Vader by any chance?

    The only time I've ever tried to do this the smoke was less than impressive. I might have to have another go I think!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogklee View Post
    Can I ask why you used the snoot?
    To stop light spill on the background and lens flare.

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    Great results cool smoke images thanks for sharing!!!

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