This week I’ve been making smoke! Joss stick smoke, in fact.
All of these images started off as a shot of smoke lit with a single flash unit, against a black ( very black ) background. Each was then post-processed ( ie manipulated ) in Photoshop CC, which is where all of the colour and the reflections were added in.
Like inkblot images, you can see things in most of these shots! Well, I can!
A burning joss stick – multi-layered, the exposure for the joss stick layer was flash plus 2 seconds to catch the red of the burn.
Not much incentive to venture outside in this cold grey weather. So I’ve hunkered down in my (Slightly) warmer garage/studio and taken more studies of shop-purchased flowers.
Fairly weak on identifying which is what, but then it’s the image that counts. Hope you agree. 🙂
The ‘Purple Macro’ is a single shot. I’ve just rediscovered my Sigma Ring Flash and dragged it out for this shot. With the flower-head just a couple of inches in front of the 60mm macro lens, even lighting is always going to be difficult. There are still some dark shadows in the centre of the image, but I think I can live with those.
The “Ornamental Kale” shot is a focus-stacked image – 18 individual layers, merged together in Photoshop CC to give the deeper depth of field.
All taken on the Olympus E-M1 MkII with a 60mm macro lens. Will Olympus ever bring out a macro lens in their Pro Lens series?
This clump of poppies appears each year on a service road behind a local Tescos supermarket.
It was one of those sites from which, last year, we collected the old poppy heads – and then the seeds. They produced the flower featured in yesterday’s blog post.
On a walk past the location this year I saw the poppies against that old painted hoarding, the blue paint beginning to flake off – and I was really taken by the textures on the panel – and the brilliance of the poppy ‘red’.
I only had my iPhone with me – no other camera – but the phone did the job! I hope you agree.
Last year I ‘harvested’ some of the many poppy heads that were left after these amazing plants had finished flowering.
I collected the seeds and we planted them in pots in the garden – I didn’t imagine that much would happen. I was wrong!
This is just one of the many poppies that graced our garden this year.