Photo365 - 335 - smokin!

01/12/2011 - 20:03

I've been meaning to have a go with incense smoke this year but never got around to it.

Yesterday I bought some sticks...tonight i had a play.

This is using very basic equipment to show you don't need to spend a fortune.

Incense stick held up on a chair using tape.

Budget auto flash set at f/4 and positioned to the left or right of the rising smoke.

Camera on manual 1/90 sec at various settings between f/4 and f/6.7

Black cloth backdrop held up using clamps from Poundland

Camera on tripod but it could be resting on a chair/table/bench

Light the incense stick and fire away (manual focus - focused on the stick tip and reframed to exclude tip)

Shoot in draft free room and waddle finger or blow to create movement / shapes.

I coloured it while processing in Lightroom just by altering white balance sliding temperature towards blue end of scale.