Smoke Gets in your Lens
For quite a while I have been wanting to try and photograph smoke. After doing some Googling, I discovered that the best way to photograph smoke was with a stick of incense against a dark backdrop. Also of most importance was a fast shutter speed and side lighting to highlight the smoke.
I set up a black velvet backdrop against the dining room wall where the morning sun comes in through the patio door. I tried one stick of incense and found that two gave better results with more smoke. With my D90 secured to the tripod, I used a Nikon 35-70mm 2.8 lens. The incense stick was placed on the table, close to the backdrop.
After adjusting my ISO from 400 to 3200, I found that 3200 gave the fastest shutter speed with the dim smoke against the black backdrop. The D90 was set on manual focus and on Aperture Mode at f/2.8, giving me a shutter speed of 1/80 seconds. The recommended shutter speed was 1/250 seconds, however without the use of studio lights it was impossible to get the shutter speed that fast.
In the future, I will set up studio lights and experiment with more of the effects. This was fun and I even tried catching a fireplace match as it lit. I think next time, I will try with different matches. I would like to get the spark as the match first ignites.
What an exciting and interesting photo-adventure this day has been. I love it when I am drawn to an area and not knowing what to expect I get treated to new experiences.
Sign up and follow my blog to see where my next photo-adventure will be!
Photography places me in the moment where I can share that moment in time. It becomes a life story as represented by my interaction with the scene. The happiness and beauty or the sorrow and strife; how I focus leaves a lasting impression that might touch the viewer on a spiritual level.
"Reflecting Nature's Artistry"
Many of these images are available on my website:
For custom matted and framed images:
Off The Wall
Off The Wall
No images on this blog are within Public Domain or are available for free download.
All rights reserved, world-wide and images protected by Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). All photography, graphics, text, design, and content is copyrighted by Bonnie Rannald and should not be copied, down-loaded, transferred and re-created in any way without the express consent, in writing to Bonnie Rannald. For information on Bonnie Rannald licensed, right-managed images, please submit a written request.