Day 109 (18 April 2012) Shooting a Smoking Punk

Now before you start to wonder if I’m posting this from jail or hate punk music or people who smoke, I’ll let you know that a punk, in the way I’m using it, is a long stick covered in compressed sawdust. It’s used to light off fireworks. Check out the Wikipedia article on it; it’s a very short read.

A friend of mine saw my earlier post where I shot smoke from a candle and suggested this, as it will produce a steady stream os smoke for a long time, verses the few minutes. The trick to getting the most smoke is to rub a light coating of cooking oil over the surface. It works 🙂 Just do it outdoors, ’cause it does stink a little (my windows were open to help dissipate the odor!).

Smoking Punk

60 mm, 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Smoking Punk)

I used my speedlight, hand-held to the left, triggered by the on-camera flash. Boosted the blue wall using split-toning.

Day 105 (14 April 2012) Fire

Today was a good day; starting off w/ some good manual labor cleaning up the church grounds, followed by a visit from a good friend from The City (as NYC is called around here), and some time roosting marshmallows over a fire.  It was so relaxing just watching the fire burn; I could have fallen asleep in my chair if I wanted to 🙂

Fire

55 mm, 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (Fire)

Embers

55 mm, 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (Embers)

This last photo I tried one of the edge effect filters for Lightroom; I think it makes it more interesting to look at, what do you think?

Day 97 (6 April 2012) Smoke

Every time I blow out a candle, I am mesmerized by the patterns and shapes that the smoke creates as it wafts up from the wick.  Today I grabbed my camera just as I blew one out and took a few shots.  And just for fun, I played with the split toning to see what it would look like in different colors.  A bit different than what I normally do, but it was fun and a learning experience 🙂

I think I would like to do this again more deliberately, with a  cleaner back ground and play with the  shutter speed to see how it comes out.  But for now, I like how these turned out.

Blue Smoke

60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Blue Smoke)

Red Smoke

60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Red Smoke)

Smoke

60 mm, 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Smoke)

Day 83 (23 March 2012) Painting With Fire

Tonight I did a few shots based on a post I saw on Photo Extremist (he has some really fun stuff up there, you should check it out).  These shots were taken at the beach in Plymouth, MA:

Glowing Orb

18 mm, 15 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, Glowing Orb

Walking Fire

18 mm, 15 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, Walking Fire

Ring of Fire

18 mm, 15 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, Ring of Fire

Ok, so the secret is this: I put some steel wool in a wire egg beater, attached it to a short cable, lit it on fire, and spun it around and I “orbited” the center of the circle.