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2nd PlaceSmoke Signals
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Challenge: Multiple Light Sources II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Ledyard, CT
Date: Mar 20, 2007
Aperture: f3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Mar 20, 2007

I saw this technique yesterday in Popular Photography, and I knew instantly that I wanted to try it for this challenge.

Used 2 cones of incense. I used jasmine scent, although any scent will do ;) This was lit with 3 off-camera flashes: 2 Sigma 500's and a Nikon SB24. I fired the Nikon with a PC sync cord, and the sigmas slaved optically. The flashes were outfitted with a snoot made from craft foam to concentrate the beam of light. To get the colors, I used pink tissue paper over the Nikon, and two plastic kids cups on the sigmas (blue and orange. They were all aimed at different heights of the smoke plume. I had to adjust the power of the flashes a few times to get the correct balance of light intensities. Taken completely in the dark, with a black velvet pillow as a background.

Post processing: converted from Raw, with no adjustments during conversion. Cropped to remove very bottom of smoke trail. Added a curves layer (S-shaped) to bump up contrast. Added channel mixer layer to boost color. Flattened image, changed to 8-bit. Resized to 640 pixels. Cleaned up about 5 hot pixels. Slight dose of USM at small radius. Saved for Web.

I have high hopes for this one. It turned out exactly as I had envisioned, with one exception. I didn't expect the wide range of colors (like the purple). I guess that's light mixing in action.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 159
Avg (all users): 7.0558
Avg (commenters): 8.2273
Avg (participants): 6.4583
Avg (non-participants): 7.2275
Views since voting: 49978
Views during voting: 422
Votes: 215
Comments: 45
Favorites: 35 (view)


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09/17/2007 07:11:09 PM
cool shot
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09/15/2007 09:07:54 PM
WoW beautiful job!
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05/29/2007 02:08:52 PM
very neat shot, I need to learn to do stuff like this.
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04/02/2007 07:54:00 PM
awesome! Thanks for telling how you did it-very creative even if you did read it somewhere! GREAT JOB!
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04/02/2007 02:07:41 AM
bad
04/01/2007 09:14:48 PM
Great!
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04/01/2007 02:25:37 PM
This is a fantastic shot. Great job!
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03/29/2007 04:22:17 AM
Originally posted by RainMotorsports:

eh... no he didnt... Hate to say it similar but mobster uses photoshop to color the smoke. This was colored by lights.


Ah! Sorry, my mistake. That's impressive!
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03/28/2007 08:55:09 PM
Great shot, congrats!
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03/28/2007 06:00:52 PM
This is my choice for blue. Well done...
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03/28/2007 04:42:01 PM
Originally posted by idreamoftryptamines:

21.gif mobster created a tutorial for exactly this kind of shot a while back. It's in the "How'd they do that?" section of Dpchallenge. Great execution!


eh... no he didnt... Hate to say it similar but mobster uses photoshop to color the smoke. This was colored by lights.
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03/28/2007 04:17:53 PM
I believe this to be stronger than the blue for MLS, well done.
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03/28/2007 02:47:31 PM
21.gif mobster created a tutorial for exactly this kind of shot a while back. It's in the "How'd they do that?" section of Dpchallenge. Great execution!
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03/28/2007 11:56:06 AM
Such a SUPER shot within the basic editing rules, IMO!
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03/28/2007 10:14:31 AM
This is so good. The minute I heare "multiple light sources" I see in my mind perfectly executed shots like this with different hues and colors. Congratulations on your well-deserved ribbon!
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03/28/2007 07:13:14 AM
I finally got to vote and this was one of my top 3... congrats!
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03/28/2007 04:15:37 AM
Great shot, and a good detailed "how-to" description as well, which I think a lot of folks appreciate, myself included. Well done!
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03/28/2007 03:31:09 AM
Very cool stuff Steve. Nice work! I didn't get to vote, but sure love this image.
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03/28/2007 02:41:32 AM
WOW! congrats on your ribbon. A superb execution.
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03/28/2007 01:27:38 AM
Congratulation! And thank you for describing the whole process.
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03/28/2007 12:34:57 AM
VERY good. The different colours really make it superb. Congrats on the red.
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03/28/2007 12:11:24 AM
NIce effect! congats on the well deserved ribbon with it.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/27/2007 11:11:29 PM
Very effective. I love the many colors. Good depth of field, too. Looks complicated!
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03/27/2007 11:05:50 PM
My favorite for this challenge. Pretty, well lit and focused. It's so interesting to see all the shapes and forms and find recognizable things in it...or is that weird? :)
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03/27/2007 12:31:14 PM
great picture! please tell how done afterwards
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03/27/2007 12:02:32 PM
AWESOME!!!!
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03/27/2007 07:29:16 AM
Very nice & unique..10
Congratulations!!

Message edited by author 2007-03-28 00:32:24.
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03/26/2007 10:51:43 PM
Gorgous take. Very impressive!
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03/26/2007 04:46:34 PM
Wonderful work. Should finish very well.
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03/25/2007 10:08:27 PM
stunning
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03/25/2007 01:20:54 AM
See this type of thing all the time in Advanced - I hope you get the credit you deserve since this is basic, and not do-able in post.
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03/24/2007 07:37:33 PM
Well done! Sharp and picks up the lights' colors nicely.
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03/24/2007 01:17:33 PM
superbe...
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03/22/2007 01:34:15 AM
This is by far the very best photo in this challenge, and I give you a "10" from me.....
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03/22/2007 12:30:22 AM
HOW DO YOU DO THIS??? I am amazed! JMHO - isn't this missing a green tint? ;) -- 10
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03/21/2007 11:54:44 PM
Great job with the colors; hope details are in description.
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03/21/2007 10:54:35 PM
I love any effect with smoke, the different colors really make it pop.
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03/21/2007 08:03:55 PM
Awesome. I really like it.
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03/21/2007 04:10:46 PM
Beautiful colours!
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03/21/2007 11:53:31 AM
Beautiful!
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03/21/2007 10:31:42 AM
definitely multiple light sources here! very cool.
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03/21/2007 08:27:20 AM
Wow, there is even a smoky woman sitting down there
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03/21/2007 07:17:52 AM
Superb, both the image and the use of multiple lights, looks like a ribbon winner.
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03/21/2007 06:09:14 AM
awesome movement and colour...great abstract, good luck
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03/21/2007 02:19:56 AM
Multiple light used for the source createive.
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