Dancing in the Dark

candle smokeThis image is dedicated to Victor, who asked for a dark shot... i think he mentioned he likes candle shots, so here you have my friend. This image is Much easier to obtain than this one...

Main tips to get this shot
1) Use a black fabric as backdrop (or something that doesn't refleclect light).
2) Focus (manually!) on the smoke.
3) Use an external light/flash located behind and at some side of the scene (avoiding entering light on your frame).
4) Try with different camera settings!

EXIF. ISO: 200, Exposure: 1/100 sec, Aperture: 5.6, Focal Length: 50mm, Flash Used: Yes. Post-processing: PS.
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d3m4s1@d0v1v0 on May 29, 2009 at 8:59 PM said...

wow!, nice effect, it would be good to know where you buy your candles, I want one like this! hehehe
Thanks for the dedication, i think fire makes good effects and is my favourite element, so simple and so destructive! (don't worry, i'm not pyromaniac, i just respect it hehehe)

JaviZ on May 29, 2009 at 11:08 PM said...

Your welcome my friend! Mental note: next photo about fire will be dedicated to d3m4s1@d0v1v0! :)

Vito Coppola on May 30, 2009 at 6:08 AM said...

Foto molto ben realizzata e suggestiva...complimenti!

María Diez on May 30, 2009 at 1:22 PM said...

A mi me gustaria saber como la has hecho :)
Me encantan estas fotos.
Un abrazo

Andres Vargas on May 30, 2009 at 1:38 PM said...

Hola Javier maravillosa foto la que lograste, tengo que confesar que hace unas dos semanas tome algunas fotos sobre el humo tambien, las edite con el humo a color y mi esposa me dijo que mas bien parecia una pintura asi que nos las subí a ver si me animo en estos días!!

Monica on May 30, 2009 at 7:28 PM said...

woooooooooooooooow! me encanta esta foto! mucho mas que la del fosforo, tal vez sea por el contraste entre la nitidez del blanco de la vela y el humo erratico y envolvente.. o será una llama fria?

La sonrisa de Hiperión on May 31, 2009 at 1:24 PM said...

Fuego hirviente en la llama de una vela.


JaviZ on May 31, 2009 at 4:44 PM said...

Ecribiría un tutorial completo si tuviese el tiempo María, pero los artículos deberán por ahora esperar :(

Van los tips básicos:
Se debe usar tela negra (o algo que no refleje luz) como fondo, luego se hace foco (manual claro!) en el humo y se ilumina (por detrás o por un costado con un flash externo (sin que se nos cuele luz por ningún lado!). Se entiende? Si no trato de preparar algún esquema.

María Diez on May 31, 2009 at 6:26 PM said...

Gracias por los tips. Intentaré hacerlo a ver que me sale.
Un abrazo

rainstorm on June 13, 2009 at 10:30 AM said...

yes, that would be great if you can let me know how you did it, using what ASA, shutter speed, aperture, etc. thanks.

JaviZ on June 13, 2009 at 2:58 PM said...

Rainstorm: thx for stopping by from Malaysia! I just edited this post (please re-readit), I added some tips and EXIF info.

BTW: If you want to know something about some of my images or you want help on photography something please let me know, I will try to post some tips about it.

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