4. Presence


Aim: to show human presence without actually showing one

Idea: Coffee mug with vapors coming out of it

I have been trying to capture smoke for a long time now. So, after so many failed attempts I finally made it. I learnt few tricks from  http://www.digital-photography-school.com/smoking-allowed-investigating-smoke-art-photography.

The main trick is to use a dark background and to only light the smoke carrying vessel. I don’t have external camera lights so I used a torch to light the coffee mug.

Trial photo to just see how Long Exposures and selective lighting go together


I used actual coffee but it din’t produce much vapors 😦


So i used incense sticks, it did produce smoke but it was concentrated to only one place

Too much smoke 😛

Got the right amount of smoke
Changed some positions and got the final photo

Collage of edited ones

My Favourite final photograph

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  1. Using the incense was a very clever idea. Good work!

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