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I thought it was time to get a joss stick out tonight and have a go with the new camera on it.

It's far harder to manually focus with the electronic viewfinder - I eventually got to grips with it but it's very noisy so you really can't see what's going on. However light levels were rather on the low side and it's never easy to focus on smoke Smile

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony Alpha SLT-A65
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 Dec 2012 - 7:15 PM
Focal Length:45mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Smoke
Username:cattyal cattyal
Uploaded:5 Dec 2012 - 9:55 PM
Tags:Colour gradient, Digitally manipulated, General, Joss stick, Smoke
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timsfotos
timsfotos  11 Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 10:23 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Great idea. I wonder how it would look flipped horizontally so the smoke comes from the bottom left corner and travels to the top right. As we (in the West) read from left to right flipping osme images gives them more impact. My tuppence worth.

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cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 96108 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 10:28 PM

Thanks folks Smile

Tim - I've done as suggested - what do you think?

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 12:59 AM

V2 is easier on the eye.
I've never attempted this kind of thing no experience to draw on.
It seems to me to be a very intense close up and doesn't look like real smoke, but
I can't remember looking at the flame from a joss stick so can't really comment properly.
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cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 96108 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 11:28 AM

Good Smile

It's not really that difficult though you do need a decent light source, a fair bit of patience, the ability to focus manually on smoke quickly and an aversion to the pong of incense sticks is not recommended Smile

I don't like them and only burn them if I'm doing photos. They give off good swirls of smoke although tend to be repetitive so it's a subject I only play with every few months Smile

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 6:09 PM

Much better flipped Alison.
You have captured a really good shape here.

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kaybee
kaybee  103891 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 7:33 PM

A superb shot.

I actually like the original one.
I know it goes against the way we 'read' a picture - but I think that compliments the complex shapes within the smoke. It makes you stop and look rather than just going with the flow and moving on.

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