One Word ~ Smoke
This preliminary photo was to see how I would capture smoke billowing up. I set up a candle with a backlight gelled blue. Thought I had it all figured out for when I was ready to start my "smoke" photo. Oh grasshopper how little you know….
The lighting setup ~ I had a medium soft box directly overhead to shed some light on me - keeping the feel of a smoky room. Second light was set to camera right. A Speedlight with a blue gel doubled up and set to 105mm zoom. I was pleased with the blue cast and was on my way to lighting up and having a smoke.
Of course I don't smoke so I put a match head into my cigarette holder to create the illusion of a lit cigarette. Each time I blew out the match the smoke would only last for a couple of frames at best and did not go straight up with all my activity and movement.
Still I was able to come away with a photo that worked out. Found it quite enjoyable working with the gels to create mood. In lieu of setting off the smoke detectors I refrained from using the small smoke bombs I got. I can see this one revisited in warmer weather when I can shoot outdoors….
It'll be smokin'
….in a smoky room. The smell of wine and cheap perfume…..
My journey is continuing to evolve ~ feeling like I'm on a good path.