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Apocalyptic Steed

Posted by
Larry Lefever (Lititz, United States) on 26 January 2011 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

Will someone please let the 'Horsemen' know that one of their mounts ended up in my incense. I'm not a believer in that particular myth, but one of those guys is out there on foot and probably not too happy about it.

Again, I did not 'move' any of the smoke ... just screened some of it back and added some color. Yesterday the woman, today a horse ... I was ready to move on from the smoke, but now wonder what else is lurking in those little sticks.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/125 second F/19.0 ISO 100 57 mm

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sunstone_maria from California, United States

absolutely amazing again and again!!!!

26 Jan 2011 5:57am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Just beautiful...GREAT!

26 Jan 2011 7:42am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

i can't resist.............. smoke 'n mirrors what will there be next?? 2 very stunning images that allow ones imagination to wild!

26 Jan 2011 8:20am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

good work :)

26 Jan 2011 11:30am

Dawn from Maryland, United States

What an awesome shot! Love the colors in this one. I have been catching up and enjoying your pics! : )

26 Jan 2011 1:14pm

Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia

Excellent job!

26 Jan 2011 2:22pm

Shar from Regina, SK, Canada

Oh this is grand! You inspired me to try photographing smoke...perhaps this weekend!

26 Jan 2011 2:34pm

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

A wonderful series. One like this with such unexpected and unpredictable results, but ones that always reveal something new, could be a lifetime's work! Thanks for showing the possibilities.

26 Jan 2011 2:45pm

David from Detroit, United States

Beautiful color! Excellent.

26 Jan 2011 4:19pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

Okay that is totally cool, it even has a reign strap dangling from the bit in its mouth. This is so not incense dude.. I wish I had somewhere in my house to set something like this up but.. I don't have a bare wall or anything.

26 Jan 2011 9:37pm

@¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨: Yeah ... I was pretty blown away when I saw this one. I couldn't get into rearranging the smoke in PS, but there are some shooters out there doing some amazing things that way. You really don't need too much space: Camera a few feet away from the incense and something dark about 5' behind. Keep your strobe at 10 o'clock or 2 (If you were looking down from above with camera at 6) and place some type of flag (card) between the strobe and the lens to keep it from flaring out. I use incense sticks that can be broken into pieces about 2" long. Light the incense and place a kitchen strainer over top of it. As the smoke rises through the strainer, take a second strainer and hold it about 3" above the first, moving it side to side and you'll be able to control the direction to some extent. The biggest obstacle are drafts in the room moving the smoke out of range. The second biggest challenge is the room filling with smoke. Higher ceilings are better (I was working in a room with only a 7' ceiling, so I could only shoot for about 5 minutes at a time). This was my technique and experience, but I'm a first timer, so there are probably better ways to approach it. Oh yeah ... patchouli has a great scent. Good luck!

Bill Brown from California, United States

Awesome capture!

26 Jan 2011 10:53pm

Paul Mitchell from North Bay, Canada

fantastic - all I can say....

27 Jan 2011 12:10am

Barbara Lee from Oakland, United States

Larry, this is a wonderful set! I am curious about putting a "flag" between the strobe and subject. Wouldn't that stop the light from the flash? I am so new at using flash. But I have an SB800 that I can use in commander mode with my Nikon d90 and I am thinking that I might try this, thanks to your wonderful explanation. I just need some fine points about the flag and flash! THANKS! I love, love, love this work!

27 Jan 2011 1:53am

@Barbara Lee: Thanks, Barbara. The flash is slightly behind and off to one side of the incense. If the flash were on the right, bring the flag (or gobo, as their called) in from the right just far enough to shield the lens.

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

another fabulous effort! it looks like you have this technique worked out pretty well and the effects are well superb!

27 Jan 2011 2:18am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Wonderful capture here! Also congrats on spotlight for another wonderful shot!!!!!

27 Jan 2011 3:15am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Really stunning again! Those big nostrils of the horse...:-))))))

27 Jan 2011 10:55am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States


27 Jan 2011 1:23pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Just amazing!

27 Jan 2011 3:00pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Wonderful shot !

29 Jan 2011 9:26am

myky from London, Canada

An awesome series of images...very creative...thanks for being so forthcoming about your technique!!!

29 Jan 2011 6:33pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

I love this series! makes me want to try it too but I'm afraid that I don't even know where to start.....

29 Jan 2011 10:19pm

hoori from mashhad, Iran

very very well done man :-bd

31 Jan 2011 7:52am

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
1/125 second
ISO 100
57 mm