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Update: I had hoped to find some time to shoot some new material today, but it didn't happen ... and nor did the birth of our daughter. She was expected on Monday, so is now four days behind schedule, and still shows no signs of arriving any time soon.

On which note: if there are a few thousand of you out there who believe in the power of positive thinking, now would be a good time to use it to start Libby's labour – preferably some time during the next 24 hours, but any time over the weekend would do :-)

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This is the second smoke shot I mentioned yesterday, and I much prefer this one.

A couple of people asked how these are done so, if you're interested, take a look at my description for this shot where I explained the basic process.

What I didn't mention in my previous description is that I use a rather odd curve to adjust these images. Rather than a standard S curve, these use a slightly cursive V curve as follows:


What this does is remap the blacks to white, the mid-tones to black, and the highlights remain as highlights. And if that doesn't make sense, just try it. It takes a bit of tweaking to get it right, but it's an interesting effect.

Oh, and the title was my choice this time, though I won't be in the least offended if nobody else thinks that this one looks like a psychedelic guitarist ;-)

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comment by mikelangelo at 07:46 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

I like this one as well. Very interesting. Almost has a sensual feel towards the bottom left and it becomes more chaotic as it rises. Very cool.
Posting quickly... I'm first...

comment by Si Goodchild at 07:46 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

Still no babby!

comment by djn1 at 07:48 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

Si: no, still no baby. She'll arrive when she's ready ... I guess.

comment by Jennifer at 07:50 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

Love this one and can see where yr coming from with the title - we prob both had the same mushrooms for tea ;-)

comment by mal at 08:23 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

Oh Dave, you need more sleep! It's clearly an athlete sprinting for the line! lol

Great image. mal

comment by Jaynee at 08:35 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

Your smoke series from a long time ago is how I discovered your website, chromasia! I'm happy to see a return, as I think these types of photos are amazing to look at with all the nuances due to the processing.

I like this one a lot and think "Jimi Hendrix" is the perfect name for it!

comment by Mark at 08:44 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

Looks more like Vanessa Mae to me!

comment by si at 08:51 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

thanks for shedding some light on your technique. i never would have guessed that you made a V out of the curves. i really love the two yellow toned images from a couple days ago. i'd love to know how you achieved that effect. i thought it might be cranking up the white balance to like 50,000K, but it's just an amateurish guess.

comment by swoozyq at 09:35 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

I see more of a fiddle than a guitar, but otherwise I love your smoke shots!

Also, you should know I have been checking in a lot more than normal, waiting to see if there is any baby news!

comment by m at 09:42 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2007

I haven't been at Jimmi's stuff when I say I see mother and child. It's good to see the tips above. Will call re msg 2moro - busy at work at mo, Cheers

comment by Hamish at 12:00 AM (GMT) on 20 April, 2007

looks like a dancer or skater perhaps?
inventive either way :) nice

comment by Thomas at 12:55 AM (GMT) on 20 April, 2007

I love these smoke shops. I'm going to have to find a blank wall and give it a shot.

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comment by Thomas Solberg / Project neXus at 07:14 AM (GMT) on 20 April, 2007

Now this is surreal... :-)

comment by Urv at 08:56 AM (GMT) on 20 April, 2007

I don't see Jimi Hendrix - but the crazy energy of rock is definitely something I thought of when I saw it. So I guess that works too- stunning shot.

comment by Artepp at 09:39 AM (GMT) on 20 April, 2007

Are You Experienced ??? ;)

comment by Henrietta at 11:37 AM (GMT) on 20 April, 2007

Love this photo. I'm 13 days from my due date now.... hoping this little one won't take after his/her sister and be 14 days late!! Fingers crossed your little girl turns up soon!

comment by Lightseeker at 01:41 PM (GMT) on 20 April, 2007

Great shot and great title!

comment by YETi at 02:22 PM (GMT) on 20 April, 2007

Thanks for sharing the processing tips, very helpful. Also I really like these smoke shots.

I would like to see you may be trying to create something recognisable out of smoke? I'm not quite sure what though:) . I do remember reading an article about a guy creating a figure of a woman from smoke and smoke in a sphere.

comment by ao tomato at 02:47 PM (GMT) on 20 April, 2007

This one is a dancer! Such fabulous movement
I thought you might be using a v-shape yesterday... I use u-shapes sometimes to play around with sky shots - to crank sillhouetted foregrounds (trees, buildings) into white, but keep some of the sky tones:

comment by ao tomato at 02:50 PM (GMT) on 20 April, 2007

Whoops! Here are the above shots (u-curves in post-prod) with clickable links:
waiting and storytime

comment by Nate at 04:11 PM (GMT) on 20 April, 2007

Very awesome look with these last 2. Thanks for the tip.

comment by cy at 04:46 PM (GMT) on 20 April, 2007

i love these shots. the motion and grace that is captured it great. i am a bit surprised that you have not posted a negetive with color lab.

comment by djn1 at 11:38 PM (GMT) on 20 April, 2007

Thanks all.

comment by Alice at 03:39 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2007

Awesome shot! Very nicely done.

comment by navin at 07:32 AM (GMT) on 24 April, 2007

This is so damn cool

comment by mykodachrome at 01:06 PM (GMT) on 26 April, 2007

I have to tr this - thanks for the explanation

comment by garyx at 06:27 AM (GMT) on 27 April, 2007

This is one of the best smoke shots I've seen about for a very long time. I'm sure Jimi would luv it

comment by Emmma at 05:15 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2007

Great, I like the curves explanation as well!

comment by Jeremy at 12:13 PM (GMT) on 16 May, 2007

I saw Jimi the second I read your title. Effective processing!

comment by Mark Rebuck at 02:33 AM (GMT) on 18 May, 2007

Fantastic! I've used V-shaped curves before, but not on my smoke pictures. It's a wonderful effect, and one that works surprisingly well on smoke.

comment by Carlos de la Rua at 02:47 PM (GMT) on 3 September, 2007

Bravisimo. I love your work. Congratulations for the baby. If you have some free time I would like to share with you my blog: www.carlosdelarua.blogspot.com

Love and Peace. Carlos.