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First of all: there's still no news regarding the baby. She's now two days late, and there are no signs that she intends to arrive any time soon. I guess she'll be here soon enough though.

As for this one: it's been a while since I posted any smoke shots, and this is the first of two that I'm reasonably pleased with. This one is Libby's favourite and I prefer tomorrow's.

Oh, and in case you're wondering about the title: it was Libby's idea. Well, she said that it looked like a poster for one of his films, and I couldn't think of anything else to call it.

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9.38pm on 17/4/07
Canon 5D
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
580EX and 420EX
C1 Pro
1x1 + abstract [smoke]
comment by Craig@id7.co.uk at 09:00 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2007

YOu did it!!! - dare I say contrived from me - hahahahah

comment by djn1 at 09:11 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2007

Craig: sorry, I forgot to mention that your recent efforts inspired me :-)

comment by Laura at 09:22 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2007

I love these kind of pictures! I did some attempts myself but it's still not working out as I want it to be...

comment by Richard Trim at 09:35 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2007

These must be fun to create ... and the concept of smoke pictures is eye opening the first time one is seen ... but for me they lose impact and interest after about 3mins. I'd rather look at a photo of a dramatic skyscape of clouds.

comment by mikelangelo at 09:41 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2007

I like this one very much. Very interesting. Especially where there is the sharp contrast in the some ares with bright highlights. Nice job! I also like the color choice!

comment by m at 10:27 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2007

I know where Libby's going with King but I'd go for Giger (sp?) as in Alien

comment by spleen at 11:18 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2007

very nice. I think this one is even better than the previous smoke shots you posted

comment by Steve at 11:29 PM (GMT) on 18 April, 2007

I really like this. Having tried some smoke shots myself, I am wondering what your set up is for this. Would you be so kind as to post your original unedited shot? I am very interested to see what this looks like straight off the camera.

comment by Robert at 12:40 AM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

m's right. Alien.

comment by 西皮士 at 02:46 AM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007


comment by RD at 03:52 AM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

I still don't know how these are made.

comment by David Chabashvili at 05:44 AM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

Good one! nice form and toning!

comment by Jeremy at 05:55 AM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

Oh, I see - I was thinking "Steven King's a strange name for a new baby".

comment by riika at 06:07 AM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

Ooh, amazing.

comment by derLitograph at 07:03 AM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

@Dave: Isn't his name "Stephen"?

comment by Juan at 07:42 AM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

No conocía tu fotoblog, y la verdad es que he disfrutado muchísimo viéndolo, es muy bueno, respecto a esta imagen es una gran composición y con unas tonalidades fantásticas. Felicidades. Y encantado de conocerte.

Nos vemos en los fotoblogs.

comment by mooch at 10:47 AM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

Oh, I do like this, it's like an image (in the thumbnail) of water shot upside down. What's the technique? Keep meaning to do it? Is it a dark background with smoke in front, hence the white once inverted.

Also, I note f18, why?

comment by mooch at 10:49 AM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

I think I know the answer to my last question:

f18 = slower shutter thus resulting in a better swirly effect for the smoke. Yes?

comment by thukai at 03:27 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

mooch: I think the f18 is to get the smoke sharp all the way through. It's shot in Manual mode, so the shutter-speed is set to 1/50 regardless of the aperture. Great smoke-shot btw. How many did you take :)

comment by The Obvious at 03:47 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

This caption is quite fascinating! I am amazed at the complexity of the layers in the higher part of the picture. I must admit this is one of the most rich photos of smoke I have seen in a while.

comment by Ydiot at 03:57 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

Very well captured smoke but I think it's a bit overprocessed. I would much more prefer a more "traditional" photography to this computer wizardry.

comment by Richard Trim at 07:08 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

Come on Dave ... this smoke gets in my eyes.

comment by djn1 at 07:25 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

Thanks all.

Richard: yep, I agree, I'd rather look at a good landscape shot too, but at the moment I don't have a great deal of time for getting out and about.

m: yep, I agree.

derLitograph: you're probably right.

mooch: thukai is right.

comment by Richard Trim at 07:43 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

I completely understand David.

comment by mooch at 05:01 PM (GMT) on 20 April, 2007

Ok, thank you guys. I am still yet to try this.

Kind of scares me. was it shot against black?