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.
It’s been a bit of a still life week, driven mainly by upcoming competitions at our club Harlow Seniors Photographic Group Here are a couple of images I have been working on.
My most recent, and best, investment has been a 24″ soft box that I can now hang, with a small strobe flash head, from a boom over these setups. This is all clamped to a lighting stand and was quite unstable until I used an exercise weight on the other end of the boom to balance the set up. ( No, I didn’t have the weight – I purchased it from a local sports shop!! )
The soft box has made the lighting much more satisfactory and easier to control.
Both taken on the Olympus OMD EM-1 Mk II with a 12-100mm f4 Pro Lens tethered to an iMac desktop running Olympus’s Capture software.
It’s been much colder this week – and the light outside has gone grey and flat.
So I’ve retreated into my small studio in the garage and been experimenting with studio shots of shop-bought flowers. Maybe as Winter passes and Spring arrives I’ll try something similar with the seasonal wild-flowers as they appear during the year. Maybe even try to achieve this outside where the plants are growing. Maybe!!!
All taken on the Olympus OMD EM-II with a 12-100mm Pro lens and a couple of flash guns. Plus a little bit of Photoshop magic. 🙂