Had to give the ol' smoke photo thing a go :-)

The focus isn't quite right, but it's the first one I've done that's come out.

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  • looby88 said:
    I want to have a go at that water dropping from a height thing, haven't got round to that yet, or decided whether to use water or something more sticky !! Other thing would be bubbles. On the thumbnail I thought this was cellophane- probably because of the colour !
  • David de Groot said:
    I think the water dropping thing really needs a macro lens to do it properly. The colour isn't natural - the image was originally grey smoke on a black background and rotated around 90 degrees. I just rotated and then inverted the image, and played with the shadow colour slider in lightroom until I got the colour like this.
    The hardest parts are lighting (off-camera flash) and focusing (which I obviously mucked up somewhat on this time around).
  • looby88 said:
    no macro - as yet so thats poopy !! What do you think of lightroom, I tried ir for free but didnt do that well with it- possibly because I had no instructions ! I have the PS 7, but really dont get on that well with it. Then there's Elements etc. I have DPP which came with the 40D but until we get another computer I shall wait anyway. Just curious , and for some advice, ta muchly. At the moment I use zoombrowser, how sad is that !!
  • David de Groot said:
    Lightroom is the be-all of my processing really (ok, I sometimes revert to PS for a couple of wee things that Lightroom doesn't do - i.e. selective edits), but yeah, LR has made organising and processing my photos a snap. However, you do need something with a fair bit of RAM to run it, and a bit of grunt too. My PC isn't always as responsive as I'd like (the dodgy, failing hard disks probably don't help).
  • looby88 said:
    Thats what I sort of guessed, according to my son there's a really great new mac out, okay so its rather expensive and it can run 8 x 38" moniters, but what the heck !!

    I guess Lightroom on a new mac then, so not till later on in the year then. A heck of a lot of expense this year, what with 2 weddings. I would like something decent to process photos on, I may just start venturing into raw soon, havent bothered yet.

    1- I just haven't bothered
    2- no decent computer or editing stuff, well apart from photoshop 7 which baffles me with its layers etc.

    Its hard to teach this old dog new tricks !!
  • David de Groot said:
    One of these would do, really. But you're right about expense, many things to spend money on this year here too.
    It looks like we're up for a new fridge soonish - it appears those things are really expensive, I didn't realise as both of ours are close to 30 years old now.
    I need to get some new glass soon too, starting to dabble in the pro market and my current kit isn't going to cut it.
  • looby88 said:
    I was kidding about the really expensive mac- its like 23.000 pounds !!

    I like the mac you gave a link to, may end up with a mac book, and possibly run a widescreen monitor off it.

    Your fridges have done really well, not sure the modern ones will last as long.

    I want to know more about this pro thing- thinking of making a living at it, weddings and pet portraits - that sort of thing ?

    we have recently bought the efs 17-55 f2.8, when it stops raining we will be able to use it, only shot a very dark night time wedding reception so far- okayish !

    Some-one Nish knows was in Auss for xmas, thinking of retiring out there. He spent 5 weeks there and had 3 days without rain, those 3 days the humidity was unbearable !! Hee hee !!
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah I had a peek at the expensive Macs - nice kit if you can afford it ;-)

    I don't expect the eventual replacement fridge to last that long, it'd be nice if it did, but these days I'm thinking this stuff isn't made to the same standards.

    oooh 17-55/2.8 - neat. I'm avoiding EF-S lenses in my planning at the moment 'cause I'm considering the benefits of a 5D. The price has dropped significantly of late. Dunno - need to earn more...

    Ah yes, we had a wet Christmas this year like those of my youth. Maybe the drought is breaking... hopefully. But yeah summer does tend to be humid, esp. in Queensland.
  • picsbymac said:
    New glass? And what about getting a little fridge for some film - have you started any home dev? ; )

    Very nice abstract too : ))
  • David de Groot said:
    Not yet Mel, I've been slack. Still have two films lying around here that need developing too.
  • mickeyjuice said:
    Fridges are a lot cheaper than the were even five years ago when I bought mine. Buy one with ice and water in the door - it's both brilliant and saves your power bill from the door being opened less :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Really ? The ones I looked at (about 500L capacity, with ice/water dispenser) came in at > $2k - a scary price indeed.
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    pretty nifty :o)
  • David de Groot said:
    I should give this another go, and get the focus right this time - mind you, finding something better to generate the smoke than an oil soaked match might be the go....
  • looby88 said:
    dog hair- it smokes nicely and stinks too, well our dogs does anyway !! try moss if not- damp stuff !
  • David de Groot said:
    And do you make a habit of setting your dogs on fire Helen ? ;-)
  • looby88 said:
    lol, not as a general rule, as she is such a long haired beastie, I sometimes put clumps on the woodburner after she has been groomed though. Next dog is going to be short haired, preferably an English bull terrier, not much free heat from its dog hair.....
  • David de Groot said:
    Hmmm, I've always considered burning hair to be a bad idea - smells really bad. Our dog hair goes in the bin or sometimes outside in the yard for the birds to use as nesting material.
  • looby88 said:
    see, thats just typical, I make a suggestion about something to make you more smoke, I mean you could do it outside after all and is there any gratitude, no, non whatsoever, we're off on at tangent here about bad smells and bird nests........; P
  • looby88 said:
    cough, cough, splutter, in the interests of friendship I thought I would test it out, I now smell like a burnt dog, my clothes, hair, I wouldnt have cared but it wasnt that good. Much better on the woodburner- and that hides the pong too

    Still Molly got rid of those armpit knots that I have being meaning to have a go at for a week !!

  • David de Groot said:
    hahahahaha, yeah now you see what I meant about the smell eh ?
  • looby88 said:
    just looking at this little heap of hair, any of you guys out there need a chest wig, I can always send you some.......

    see David, no appreciation from you, go back to your oil soaked match then......;P
  • David de Groot said:
    Well I'm thinking incense might be a better option - smokes a lot and doesn't smell like fried dog ;-)
  • looby88 said:
    actually that is a brilliant idea !!!