Oliver Morton  

What? by Oliver Morton

June 2020 - What?

June 2020 - Oliver Morton


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During the shutdown I continued playing with smoke photography since I can do it in my home. Although there’s a lot of luck involved in catching a good image, I found that the most challenging part is deciding what can be done with a photograph in Photoshop. The original of this one impressed me as some sort of strange faceā€¦. maybe a dog or some other animal. So, off I went to Photoshop. Most of my alterations were done in Photoshop’s Camera Raw filter. There I did all the coloring and light modifications. Then in Photoshop I cropped the image, added a bit of space in front of the figure and put a subtle frame around it. I wouldn’t call it art, but it was fun! Your thoughts?

Data: Canon 5D4; 100mm lens; f/8.0; 1/125 sec; ISO 400.

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16 comments posted

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
This is great Pete. I see a woman's figure -with what --a big hairdo????? One can envision all sorts of shapes from the smoke, but although I stared at it on and off it still came back to a woman. I know you had fun with this. I will have to try it again Here is a rough one I did sometime ago and it reminded me of a giraffe I had in my files. You have to enlarge it to see itr properly.   Posted: 06/02/2020 19:17:04
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Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Thank you, Barbara. As you noted, smoke photography is really a lot of fun. And, since it is not quick, it has been perfect for these days when remaining at home is so desirable.

I like your giraffe image! The smoke has an uncanny likeness to the giraffe photograph that you included. I bet that you would impress a judge if you did a bit of smoke coloring and entered it into a competition!

  Posted: 06/10/2020 08:55:11

Stephen Mayeux   Stephen Mayeux
Pete, I've heard we all have to be very creative when your image goes up in smoke. I see a woman with golden eyes and violet colored lips, Great colors for the eyes & mouth to make them stand out from the other parts of the image. Quite a transformation from the original file to the final image. Well done and very creative.   Posted: 06/02/2020 19:45:05
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Stephen, this was lots of fun to make. The only downside was that it required hundreds of images to find one that I felt would transform into something interesting. But, doing the transformation was very enjoyable. Thank you for your compliment!

  Posted: 06/10/2020 08:57:26

Bob Laster   Bob Laster
Beautiful, creative image. Love you handling of the complementary colors and mood. Looks like it should be in the introduction to a James Bond movie.   Posted: 06/04/2020 08:17:23
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Thank you, Bob! I agree that the final image has a bit of the "007" feeling to it. However, from what I recall, the images in the introduction to those movies were a bit more... um... risque. lol   Posted: 06/10/2020 08:59:09

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Clever and dramatic. Smoke photography an be fun.

I like the feeling of an upcoming Kiss. Can't get that thought out of my head. But then, I've been locked up fora long time. :-0   Posted: 06/04/2020 10:46:53
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Larry, I completely agree! Smoke photography is well worth exploring.

If you feel you need to kiss my image, you certainly have my permission. Please be sure to clean your monitor's screen when you're done. Grins...

  Posted: 06/10/2020 09:05:01
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Thanks but no thanks. With the Pandemic, my wife is around full time---can't get involoved with another woman at this time. :-)   Posted: 06/10/2020 11:22:30

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Very well done Pete. What do you use as a light source? I was thinking if you had more than one you could use different colored gels. Perhaps a speedlight that could give you multiple flashes along with multiple exposures then layer them together. Seems experimentation would be unlimited. Your resulting image is very cool; I agree it does look like a women's head.   Posted: 06/04/2020 14:24:25
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Thank you, Richard. I used a couple of flashes for the image. Each one was a 200 WS monolight. I tried putting gels over the flashes (different colors for the two flashes), but the color of the smoke was very hard to detect. Finally, I decided that Photoshop coloring was far more practical.

I think that experimentation is the way to go with this. Since the ratio of "keepers" to shots is so low, it takes a success or two if you're going to avoid giving up out of frustration. I also found that the type of incense stick is important.... both because of the amount of smoke they produce as well as the smell (which can be pretty heavy).

  Posted: 06/10/2020 11:20:54

Gary Stiger   Gary Stiger
(Group 62)
Really cleaver use of smoke and mirrors, Oliver - well, at least the smoke. Nice image using not only great camera technique, but also your imagination and creativity.   Posted: 06/10/2020 08:14:23
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Thank you, Gary. I'm not sure how creative my imagination is. Probably a better adjective would be weird. lol   Posted: 06/10/2020 12:15:30

Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
This photo has it all. Creativity, execution, technical excellence, and impact. Just needs a cigarette hanging out of the mouth. Well done Oliver.   Posted: 06/13/2020 12:23:26

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
LOL... Thanks, Mark. I checked with "her" and she quit smoking years ago.
  Posted: 06/13/2020 12:36:06

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Oliver, You have produced a very nice abstract image. I like the colors that you have added. My vision sees a woman's face. I have not done anything with smoke and perhaps I will try it some day.   Posted: 06/13/2020 16:37:20