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By cattyal  
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

Tags: General Smoke Digitally manipulated Colour gradient Joss stick

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timsfotos 15 2 Ireland
5 Dec 2012 10:23PM
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 Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
5 Dec 2012 10:28PM
Thanks folks Smile

Tim - I've done as suggested - what do you think?
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 12:59AM
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.
cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
6 Dec 2012 11:28AM
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
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
6 Dec 2012 6:09PM
Much better flipped Alison.
You have captured a really good shape here.
kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
6 Dec 2012 7:33PM
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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