76. Artificial Smoke

76. Artificial Smoke


This is a shot from the archives.

Sitting staring into nothing, thinking about a work related problem, I suddenly had an epiphany - or well, maybe just an idea. A had this rubber band in my hand and were rolling it between two fingers to make it spin when I noticed how interesting it looked in the light from my monitors - kind of as with a stroboscope - only showing the movement as intermediate steps and not a continuous flow. Thought I might be able to photograph it. (Talk about a desperate attempt to escape work).

Anyhow - I set up my camera on a tripod with my 50mm f/1.8 prime lens attached. Created a black background and some intense direct light (not lighting the background). Set the camera at a reasonably low shutter speed (1/10 second) and a small aperture (f/11) and started shooting at the poor thing while making it spin and jump and - well, move. I didn't really catch the stroboscopeish effect, but instead got something similar to smoke. Interesting results from playing with long shutter speeds.

Equipment: Canon 50mm f/1.8 prime lens

September 8, 2007, 10:58 pm

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1/10 sec, f/11, ISO 200
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  • Keller: Isn't this precisely what photography is about? Using your imagination, without forcing it, to create something unique.

    September 26, 2007, 11:33 am

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