Smoke Abstract No. Two


More smoke (previous smoke here). I should probably crack a window. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Derek Zoolander (after being in a mine for only one day): *cough cough* “I think I’m getting the Black Lung, Pop. It’s not very well ventilated down there.”

Larry Zoolander: “For Christ’s sake, Derek, you’ve been down there one day. Talk to me in thirty years.”

– Ben Stiller & Jon Voight – Zoolander

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


80 thoughts on “Smoke Abstract No. Two

    • I’m so happy to hear you liked this one, S.E! Initially I was trying something else… I had a little laser-pointer that I was trying to bounce off the smoke as well… which did NOT work for me… at all… so in the end I wound up just shooting the smoke (which is always kind of fun… even though you never know exactly what you’ll get)!
      My imagination is going thinking about what you could do with all those subjects! I know it would be awesome!!!

      • Let me see…

        Mid sixties discotheque…

        go go dancers

        psychedelic lights on the walls, you know those oil ones that do lava lamp type stuff but better

        cigarettes in long and elegant holders

        cigarette smoke in the lights.

        Ta dah!

        Oh and some music…

        something psychedelic, maybe Pink Floyd when Syd Barrett was about and Jefferson Airplane, and The Velvet Underground…

        Hmmm, it’s starting to remind me of “Midnight Cowboy”. 🙂

    • I’m so happy to hear that (especially since it was a pretty crude set-up… at best)!
      It’s just a bit of incense… which normally I’m not big on… other than as a prop, of course!

  1. LOVE the image Bob. Hell, I’m bring bad and smoking a ciggie right now. Damned Commit is not the same at this hour.. especially with a PBR. Here’s a little something that has always cracked me up:

    He lit the cigarette and smoked it down to the filter in one breath. He silently thanked the cigarette company for being thoughtful enough about his health to include a filter to protect him. So he lit up another. This time he didn’t exhale the squeaky-clean filtered smoke, but just let it nestle in his lungs, filing his body with that good menthol flavor Some more smokers knocked on his door and they came in and all started smoking along with him.
    “How wonderful it is that we’re all smoking,” he thought.
    Everyone smoked and smoked and after they smoked they all talked about smoking and how nice it was that they were all smokers and then they smoked some more.
    Smoke, smoke, smoke. They all sang “Smoke That Cigarette” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” Then the smokers smoked one more cigarette and left him alone in his easy chair, about to relax and enjoy a nice quiet smoke. And then his lips fell off.

    Italics Mine

    ~Steve Martin -Cruel Shoes

    • You know what’s sad… I usually have under 100 words on a post (including a quote)… and it’s usually more stressful than putting together the image! On a few occasions it’s even taken longer, too! YIKES! Needless to say, that’s a very nice thing for you to say, H.C… and to hear!

  2. That’s the prettiest smoke I’ve ever seen, Sig…Looks like colorful, sheer ribbons. 🙂
    Have a happy weekend! 🙂
    My best to Annabelle! 🙂

    • It’s interesting… the different things people see in these! And after they mention them I can always see them, too! Kind of fun!
      Thank you, Deb! Very, very much! I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well, my friend!

  3. I love the sharply defined edges of the smoke – you only get that with slowly drifting smoke produced by embers, cigarettes of incesnse sticks. Steam engine and diesel smoke are soo different! Love the illuminating colors too:-)

    Looking forward to your next work of art – assuming that you are out on parole. That mention of Crack in the description must have every Fed in the neighborhood excited. That black shadow outside your window is the SWAT team 😉

    Have a good weekend Bob and ingore my wild ideas 😉

    • Great eye, Martin! You nailed it… this was some slowly burning incense… and an even slower moving photographer! 😉
      HAHAHA! As you know I am a big fan of Coke, Martin… but only the legal kind, I swear it! Hahaha… off to hide-out under my couch, now!

    • It’s so wild you say that, Madame… because I tried this very thing with food coloring & water a while back! I seemed to have a bit better luck with the smoke, though (photographically, anyway)… not really sure why… might just have been the day.

  4. Ultra cool, SIG! I love the color combination. It looks like they’re kind of interacting with each other, in some kind of battle, or maybe they’re blending together. I like the black edges in the purple. This is splendid!

    • I’m so happy to hear you liked this, B.F! I always have a lot of fun shooting these… well, once I get everything set-up and I’ve finished hacking all the incense smoke out of my lungs, anyway!

    • I think someone else might have said ribbon… and another person food coloring in water… so it’s definitely something folks are seeing, Ms. C! It’s interesting to hear what different people see… and I can almost always see those things afterward, too! Including ribbons and dye… absolutely!

    • You never quite know what you’re going to get, but I guess that’s part of the fun, too! I think you’d enjoy it, Nigel… and I know you would come up with some amazing images!

  5. This one is crisp and clear
    SIG and wondrously fine on
    the colouring too 🙂

    If I don’t see you much over
    the coming week then do have
    a most exquisite Christmas my
    wickedly great friend 🙂


    • Thanks so much, Andro! It seems like I’m able to get a sharper image out of the smoke than I was able to with the water and food coloring. I don’t mind a bit of blur in these, but I also really like there to be some ‘crispness’ in areas as well.
      Thank you so very much, my friend!
      I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well, A.G! And the very happiest of new years!!!

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