Color and smoke i

Color and Smoke I

Piece description from the artist

One of the keys to becoming a better, more accomplished artist, is to explore new things, new techniques, new processes. Through playing, much like a child, we learn and grow. Many of the new and crazy things we try will never see the light of day, or as the case may be, the wonder that is the world wide web. But you'll gain new insights from everything you do, and here and there, along the way, you'll add to your artist's bag of tricks.

This is my first experiment with shooting smoke. I set up my very old Vivitar 283 flash to the right of the smoke (I used an incense stick) connected to my camera with a sync chord. I focused on the end of the stick and then tiled up a bit. With a dark background behind, I lit the incense and started shooting. Blowing or moving a piece of paper as a fan got the smoke twisting and twirling.

For this image, I converted to black and white, inverted the shot, and added the color. Then a couple of passes through Topaz Glow and Impression to add a bit of punch.

Expect to see a few more shots with smoke in the near future!

Day 120 of 365

Copyright 2016 Scott Norris Photography

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About Scott Norris

Milwaukee, WI

Emotion. Mood. Feelings. This is what I capture through my photographs. Whether it is landscapes, architectural elements, still life, or macros – it is a very personal journey as my own fears, triumphs, beliefs, and shortcomings are exposed with each photo.
Much of what I shoot is done spontaneously without preconceived thought or plan. I let what is around me dictate what is photographed.
And the shooting is only the first step – a jumping off point. I take the raw images and create what I see in my mind’s eye. Coaxing out textures present in the shot – sometimes adding them. Enhancing the contrast of light and dark to create the mood and emotions I felt and feel. In the end, it’s all about listening to my heart and mind and creating a visual representation of what I feel the moment the shutter is released.
I'm a native Texan currently living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my lovely wife and son.

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