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Old 8th November 2008
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Gave a try at smoke pictures

Read in a Digital Camera World magazine how to set up to do incense smoke shots. It was easy, after I figured out how to set up the E3 and FL50 on stand correctly. It took about 10 tries to get the manual focusing correct. I would shoot and then zoom in with the screen to see how sharp it was. Adjust the focus a little and try again. I finally got everything set up perfectly and the batteries went out on the FL50. After a quick change, I went through about 50+ shots. I also used the wire remote; it helped keep things steady as I looked through the viewfinder at a very light smoke image, due to the darkness in the room (to keep backdrop dark). After I adjusted images in levels and color balance. It's my first attempt at this and I found it fun to do on a rainy day in Oregon.

Smoke Sea Creature


Smoke Abstact


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Old 8th November 2008
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Re: Gave a try at smoke pictures

That's really nice. Can you give us a brief description of how to do it please?
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Old 8th November 2008
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Re: Gave a try at smoke pictures

WOW, I tried that but got rubbish, so I know how hard it is. They are amazing, well done
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Re: Gave a try at smoke pictures

Those are truly excellent, all three, but I particularly like the second one

Thank you for sharing them

Cheers,

JohnGG
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Old 8th November 2008
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Re: Gave a try at smoke pictures

I started with a table in front of a couch, which was in a room that I could shut off most of the light. I put pillows on top of a TV that was behind the table, to get a good height for the black velvet fabric that I draped over it and the table. I liked this setup because I could sit down on the couch and take my time doing the shots. I then got a incense stand and incense and placed it in the middle of the table. I took the loose FL50 with stand and put it in a 10 o’clock position, with the incense in the middle, the camera at 6 o’clock and back drop at 12 o’clock. I'm not used to setting up the flash, so I kept playing with it and finally adjusted the intensity by bringing it closer or further away from the incense. The camera was on a tripod, and I had the camera flash set from 1/4 to 1/64. Both seemed to work well, but the 1/64 kept the backdrop darker. (If anyone knows how to fire the FL50 remotely without firing the Camera flash, please inform me). I went with manual focus because the in camera one kept focusing on the backdrop. I had to turn off all fans for our forced heat to keep the smoke steady. Without any air movement, I would get a boring line of smoke going straight up, so I had a straw and would give it a little puff of air to stir things up. I tried just blowing on it, but it would wreck the smock pattern for up to a minute. With the straw, I could control the amount of disturbance better.
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Re: Gave a try at smoke pictures

Danny

These are the Bizz.

Its late and weve got the day out tomorrow but when I get time next week I'll give this a go.

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Re: Gave a try at smoke pictures

Hi Danny -

Superb - thanks for your info too.

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Old 8th November 2008
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Re: Gave a try at smoke pictures

I forgot one thing. I used two incense sticks, to try something different.
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Old 8th November 2008
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Re: Gave a try at smoke pictures

(If anyone knows how to fire the FL50 remotely without firing the Camera flash, please inform me).

Olympus make a cable to do this FL-CB05, however the Canon equivalent OC-E3 works just as well but in the UK is 2/3 the price of the Olympus part.
I bought mine a Canon pattern part from the internet at 1/2 the UK price.

HTH

Rod
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Re: Gave a try at smoke pictures

Nice shots - and the 2nd and 3rd ones illustrate how a seemingly stable system becomes chaotic.

Jim
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Re: Gave a try at smoke pictures

Danny,

I find these images really stunning. I can't stop looking at the second one!!
I am sure it would sell like hot cakes. Many congratulations on some great images and for your method of achieving same.

Regards, Keith.
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Old 9th November 2008
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Thanks for the explanation of how you did it. They look stunning.
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Old 9th November 2008
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Interesting, the 2nd one is very lovely.
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Re: Gave a try at smoke pictures

Well thought out and an excellant result. I like them all.
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