Day 350 (15 Dec 2012) Smoke and Mirrors

Ok, so there are no mirrors, just smoke, but the title sounds better like this ūüôā

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!

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Day 347 (12-12-12) Light Bulb!

You have to read the title in the accent of Gru from Despicable Me; If you’ve seen this movie, you know what I mean. ¬†If not, rent it today!

Anyway, I was inspired to shoot this after stumbling across a photographers website who had a few series of light bulbs, and to be honest, I wasn’t impressed with them. ¬†So I figured I would try it myself. ¬†So on my way home from class I stopped by Walmart and picked up a couple clear 40 Watt bulbs. ¬†The first one blew the moment I turned the lamp on, so I was glad that I had two. ¬†I am disappointed that the class has scuffs and other marks that I could not wipe off. ¬†When I take the bulb back to exchange it, I’ll have to actually look for one w/ good glass.

I took a lot of liberty with these images, even playing with Split Toning on a couple of them. I think it adds some interest and a unique look to a common object.  What do you think?  Which is your favorite?  What other angles should have shot this at?

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And on other news, a couple of photos I shot for a street photography collaboration have been posted to a gallery here. ¬†Check them out and let me know what you think! ¬†Also, let me know if you would be interested in contributing to another one and I’ll make sure you get the invite ūüôā