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When Smokey sings

All the best. mal

When Smokey sings

All the best. mal

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Just love this...absolutely
Oooooh! Very cool. I likey!
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Sep 2007, 00:31
I can almost hear the tune. Lovely

  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 11 Sep 2007, 00:52
Great shot! Did you do this in a studio to get the light like this?
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Sep 2007, 01:14
Bye the Bye I was hoping you'd pop over to the BBQ but I guess yiou were over in Amsterdam ?
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Sep 2007, 01:15
Electric blue, dancing smoke. I think it is a Tango....right?

Or...perhaps a jellyfish in the sea, close to the effluent outflow from the Talisker distillery off the Isle of Skye?

Great stuff, mal.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 11 Sep 2007, 03:23
Lovely cool blue...I can almost hear Smokey Robinson now, Mal (ditto what Johnny said). This is wonderful!
  • bisola
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Sep 2007, 04:21
Wow mal! Fantastic.
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, USA
  • 11 Sep 2007, 04:24
What are you smoking, mal? I better go flip through your archive.
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 11 Sep 2007, 05:43
And you a non - smoker!! (well the normal ciggies!!)grin Great shot mate. BTW, does the new template allow images smaller than 500,000 pix ? I notice from your exif, that you are quite a way down on that with this. Beautiful lighting here and absolutely super focusing, not to mention the great composition. Many regards, Neil.
  • urban8
  • Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 11 Sep 2007, 06:22
Amazing shot, Mal, love it. A few people are wondering how you did this, and so am I....
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 11 Sep 2007, 06:39
A-ha and ABC...are you stuck in the 80's??

Nice shot, another type of shot I've yet to try and probably won't for fear of failure!! Love it.
Amazing shot! Tell me that it took at least fifty attemts to get this - just to make me feel better! I wouldn`t have a clue where to begin with this type of photograph. (:o)
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 11 Sep 2007, 07:09
When Mal shoots, everyone looks! grin Yes, that's the effect you have on us!

Johnny should have known you were NOT in Amsterdam on Saturday but at a birthday party. We DID miss you.
  • Steve
  • 11 Sep 2007, 07:32
I'm hearing violins. Spookily, this is the song I was humming to myself yesterday as I was driving home.

Yeah, this is a great shot Mal, love the blue and the black background is very effective.

My son was using my dSLR for the first time at the weekend and he wants to try some smoke shots, so I'll be doing some of these myself again soon.

Incidentally, I know you shoot a lot at ISO 50 - over on there was some thought that you might get a reduced dynamic range on that setting, as the 'native' ISO setting is 100. Make of that what you will!

This is a bit yesterday isn't it Mal!o

Good effort however, is that faint praise?

If anyone is interested there is a link to a tutorial on shooting smoke on my blog.
Very cool Mal
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 11 Sep 2007, 08:21
ACE !!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 11 Sep 2007, 08:43
Wonderful shot.
That blue is incredible. I almost want to eat it as it reminds me of taffy. Everyone else hears music in it. I see candy....
An eye catchRrr !!
How do you do it? smile
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Sep 2007, 11:38
The colour in this shot is electric Mal. Outstanding
  • Frank
  • 11 Sep 2007, 11:40
Very beautiful blue tones. I do like it a lot.
That's simply beautiful. So sensual.
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Sep 2007, 11:52
...I hear violins....
top performance mal smile
Very striking colours Mal.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Sep 2007, 13:05
Fantastic shot. I've never tried to capture smoke before so was surprised to see from the exif that the shutter speed was only 1/80s. I would have thought that you needed a fast shutter speed to capture the movement without blurring?
  • Otto K.
  • Atlanta, US
  • 11 Sep 2007, 13:27
Really nice one, Mal.
  • Steve
  • 11 Sep 2007, 13:56
Ignore the nay-sayers, Mal. I'll never get tired at looking at good smoke shots. "A great photo is a great photo at any time" back at you! wink
incredible. another magic shot mal
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Sep 2007, 16:30
Lazy patterns in blue. Could that be a song? It can become one if you can write the music.

exactly the type of shot i knew you'd do...liking the ghost blue toning...
like this one mal.
A great smokey abstraction. Lovely!
  • sparklite
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 12 Sep 2007, 06:25
Awesome! I did something similar but used ink in a tank full of water. This smoke comes off so much better! It's great! Can you share any technical aspects with us? How it was lit and things like that?
Great pic, Mal. I like the dance of smoke!
  • Roland
  • France
  • 12 Sep 2007, 09:21
Magic !!! Straight in my likey's
really nice
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Sep 2007, 21:16
Wow, very very cool. I would love to be able to get a shot like this. Oh well, something to strive for I guess.
  • Zeus
  • Inner depths of Londonium
  • 12 Sep 2007, 21:54
Wham-bam-spank-me-ma'am.... into my likeys this goes!
  • Sheeplover
  • Pembrokeshire, SW Wales
  • 13 Sep 2007, 09:28
Holy Macaroni Mal Man! This is gob-smackingly good.

I've seen some blue lit farts in my time, but how do you get it to be so twirly? wink Too many beans Mal, TOO MANY BEANS!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Sep 2007, 12:58
Joss sticks were never this interesting when I was a lad - strobe on my man. Mike
  • elaine
  • paris
  • 14 Sep 2007, 10:48
this is a great shot mal with original tone! saw it on Onexposure as well: well done!
  • benoit
  • France
  • 15 Sep 2007, 19:22
It looks like bones on a xray picture!
really amazing...
It's beautiful shot. How did you get the blue? Was it through lighting or post processing work?
Stunning colour. Straight to my likeys. All the best, Dave.
  • olivier
  • France
  • 16 Sep 2007, 22:41
Hi Mal ! this shot is excellent ! I like this render colors !
see you are branching out, I love this Mal.
  • Volker
  • Germany
  • 17 Sep 2007, 18:21
Great work.
Im not into abstract stuff like this, but I think this is a wonderful shot that works on all levels. Smoking shot!
  • Yẹni
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Sep 2007, 08:15
Cool - I've thought about trying a smoke pic myself...I like the three dimensional effect you have captured smile
  • om
  • 23 Sep 2007, 18:17
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 1 Oct 2007, 16:04
lol at simon. i think stuck in the eighties is a little late i take you for more of a seventies fellow. as for sheeplover amazing what a twisted colon will do. wonderful shot mate.

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camera Canon EOS 5D
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shutterspeed 1/80s
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