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.
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