Ok, so there are no mirrors, just smoke, but the title sounds better like this 🙂
So tonight I lit up one of the punk sticks used several months ago after watching a youtube video on how to shoot a steaming cup of coffee and learned that a back light to steam (and smoke) will bring it out in the photo. I shot about 125 images and these 3 are my favorites. There are several more on my Flickr Photostream, so if you like these, check them out, too!
Originally I was just going to do black & white images, but then I remembered split-toning. I had a lot of fun playing with the color combinations and seeing how they played together!
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.
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)