I have seen and read a lot about pictures capturing smoke and have tried capturing it a couple of times. But those shots never made it beyond my backup Hard-disk(!). Last week i got one of my dream lenses delivered.. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. And it was time to take this little guy for a ride. Chicago’s roads are back to normal after the recent snowmageddon we had but the sidewalks aren’t. So decided to do a little setup in my apartment and try it.

I used Incense sticks to create smoke. Capturing smoke was all fun. There is a different shape every second, you get to see a Ballet dancer shape and the very next second it turns into a Jelly fish. The shapes you get to see are limited only by your imagination.

About the lens, I could write another 2000 words to tell how it performs but to keep it short….The Lens is awesome. The auto-focus speed & Hybrid stabilization helps a lot while on handheld shots are just amazing.

Setup Info: Here is a BTS shot of  my setup. Setup Shot. I used a Canon 580 EX II with a snoot which was focussed to the Incense Stick from left of the Camera. I used a Flash-zebra sync-cord to connect the flash to my camera. I pretty much dimmed all the lights in the room and used a little LED flash light to help me get focus on the Subject(Incense Stick).

Post-Processing Info: I inverted the image color using CS5 and then applied filters to get these colors. I also used Hue/Saturation to add magic.

Thanks for stopping by.

bizior photography - February 7, 2011 - 6:44 pm

Kumster – this is good stuff! I always wanted to do something like that, but never had a chance… You nailed it, but I’ve a question: what is that thingy bottom right on the last photo? 😉

admin - February 7, 2011 - 6:55 pm

Thanks my friend.. Means a lot to me. 🙂
That’s the end of the Incense Stick i used. I left it in that coz it looked kinda wired while trying to remove it with Photoshop.

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