Smoke Stream

Well now, this is my first real attempt at capturing smoke streams and have to say…I had a total blast tonight! First off, I would like to thank >>Sandra << for posting a link on her Facebookย  page to this >>tutorial<< which I somewhat followed.

How I did it. First off, figured out a good spot for the incense. I then placed my Canon Speedlite 430EX II (set to manual, 1/2 power using a snoot) to camera right, behind the incense and angled at about 30 degrees towards the smoke. I did use a silver reflector (aligned with the Speedlite) to the left of the incense. I decided to use my lens hood since the flash was somewhat pointing in the general direction of the camera! I originally only had one stick burning but, it just didn’t produce enough smoke so I ended up having two burning.

Now, you might be wondering about the colour…no, I didn’t actually add any colour in Photoshop! What I did was added a purple gel to the Speedlite, but only covered half the output (pretty sneaky eh)! Enjoy…


>>Flickr’s Lightbox<<


35 thoughts on “Smoke Stream

    • Thank you so so much for the awesome comment! You should try it one day when it’s cold and rainy in your part of the world, I know I am looking forward to seeing what you can come up with (ooooerrrr, peer pressure)! ๐Ÿ˜›

  1. Great shot David, love the colors. I’ve got smoke shots on my to do list, just haven’t had a time to get to them (or been able to find incense!). Sorry for not commenting for so long, been absolutely crazy busy lately.

    • No worries about the commenting, I have a feeling it’s going around the blog land to tell you the truth! On word of advise if you use incense, very well ventilated area! I honestly didn’t think I would have it lit for a long time but, ahhh, yea…ventilation! Mike mentioned dry ice on another post…I think I am going to look into that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hey David. Awesome! I like this a lot and really need to try it. Thanks for posting the original link as well, I’m going to give it a go once I get my off camera flash!

  3. I agree – the Lightbox version looks better. Most of my shots look better there as well – maybe I should start adding the Lightbox link to my posts.

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