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!).
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.
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 🙂
55 mm, 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (Fire)
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?
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.
60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Blue Smoke)
60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Red Smoke)
60 mm, 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Smoke)