Smoke Abstract No. One

Where there’s smoke… hopefully there’s… not… my computer (it’s acting a bit strangely tonight). Awesome.

Tim Krizminski (inside elevator): “How do we know if the floor is gonna be on fire in one of these?”

Lt. Stephen ‘Bull’ McCaffrey: “Well… when the doors open… if it’s hot… don’t get out.”

– Jason Gedrick & Kurt Russell – Backdraft

About this image: digital photograph (Canon 300D) lightly modified in Adobe Photoshop


79 thoughts on “Smoke Abstract No. One

    • Thank you very much, Laura!
      I must have taken nearly 100 shots… I thought it was very interesting how different each one looked (and the post-production drew those differences out even more)!

  1. Now that’s a form of experimental photography I have sometimes contemplated having a go at… It almost looks like an x-ray of some weird bone structure. Must have cost a fortune in cigars 😉

    Like the Backdraft quote – a film I like to watch from time-to-time 🙂

    • I was thinking this had a bit of an x-ray feel too, Martin… I was wondering if anyone else would think so, too! Most of that color is from post-production… I tried a few different things, but at the moment something in the blues seemed to work about the best.
      Hahaha… no doubt! Fortunately this was just a cheep incense stick. And an old flash unit that isn’t even capable of talking to my camera (talk about a balancing act between the cable release and manually tripping the flash – I would have been winded even without all the smoke in my lungs)!
      Me, too… a sentimental favorite of mine!

    • SO true, sir! This one was created with an incense stick. It was a bit tricky, because I don’t have a detachable flash-unit that will ‘talk’ to my camera… so I had to use very slow shutter speeds and trip an old unit manually. It seemed to work out okay (a bit of a balancing act, though)!

    • Thank you so very much, Deb – you are far too kind!
      This one was just created with an incense stick. I’m not sure why I didn’t include more information about that in my post… I must have been a bit tired (even more-so than usual, even) when I wrote it!

    • Thank you very much, sir!
      It’s much healthier that way! I don’t smoke, either… but I found I could create these effects with incense sticks… (although being that close to those starts to make me cough a bit, too).
      I imagine fireworks would makes some very interesting images!

    • It was a bit of an ‘unusual’ set-up, Madame! I had an old flash unit (that unfortunately doesn’t ‘talk’ to my camera) so I set that up perpendicular to my camera, and used long shutter speeds so I had time to fire the flash manually. I pumped up the levels a bit / added some color in Photoshop, but for the most part it worked out in-camera… well, better than I had anticipated it would, anyway!

  2. Very funky. Looks like something out of “Ghost”!
    Looking forward to seeing Abstract # 2. (I assume this is the first in a series, otherwise labeling it # 1 was very misleading!) 🙂

    • Thank you very much, Peg!
      I didn’t do very much to this one… messed with the levels a bit (brightened the lighter tones, etc.), did some light sharpening as well as changing / adding color, etc… but that’s pretty much it. Not much at all… especially compared to some of the images I’ve thrown everything (including the kitchen sink) at!

  3. These smoke trails make
    for an exciting visual feast,
    I can’t wait to see what the
    next one is all about 🙂

    Actually this one reminds
    me of that film… Tron

    Have a brilliant rest of the
    evening SIG and be good,
    okay then, naughty 🙂 lol


    • My thanks for that, Andro!
      I couldn’t resist leaving this one open to possible future attempts because it was all quite a bit of fun! Well… except for the set-up and take-down, anyway (because just between you and me I’m kind of lazy like that).
      Thank you very much, A.G!
      I hope you are having an excellent week!

      • Well lazy or not you have achieved
        a brilliant piece of Art with this idea
        and that is the main thing SIG 🙂

        Yes not a bad evening / morning 🙂


    • Why thank you, sir!
      I was thinking the same… it’s the kind of thing where you are never quite sure what you are going to get, but (if you stare long enough) you’ll probably see quite a few interesting things.

    • That is so wonderful to hear, Nancy! Thank you!
      I probably should have mentioned this was incense smoke… although just between you and me I still felt like I was on the set of Mad Men.

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    • Thanks much, M.P! Sorry about that… I should have included a bit more info! This was created with a little incense and a lot of coughing. I plan to try a few more of these in the future… *hack wheeze* maybe…

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