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Smoke Photography

Updated on November 13, 2013

Amazing smoke photography: By photographer Nick Egglington (www.nickegglington.com)

As an artist I have always been fascinated by the behaviour of smoke. On first glance it may appear simple and lacking any real texture. As you will see from the next few images that I captured in the studio, nothing could be further from the truth. In some instances the smoke appears to take on its own life force creating fascinating and sometimes ghostly forms in the darkened room. Nature once again proves that she is indeed the perfect artist, and that random chaos can often give birth to beautiful and amazing things. All images are not manipulated in any way, and the only post processing that has been applied is contrast and colour correction.

A jet stream of smoke.

A jet stream of smoke.
A jet stream of smoke.

Random smoke patterns.

Random smoke patterns.
Random smoke patterns.

A smoke spiral.

A smoke spiral.
A smoke spiral.

A ghostly athlete forms in the smoke.

A ghostly athlete forms in the smoke.
A ghostly athlete forms in the smoke.

A smokey spiral ladder.

A smokey spiral ladder.
A smokey spiral ladder.

A spiralling smoke stack.

A spiralling smoke stack.
A spiralling smoke stack.

The smokey technique.

The smokey technique.
The smokey technique.

The perfect smoke spiral.

The perfect smoke spiral.
The perfect smoke spiral.

A ghostly smoke warrior appears in the dark.

A ghostly smoke warrior appears in the dark.
A ghostly smoke warrior appears in the dark.

A ghostly smoke turret.

A ghostly smoke turret.
A ghostly smoke turret.

A fascinating plume of smoke.

A fascinating plume of smoke.
A fascinating plume of smoke.

The heart of the smoke.

The heart of the smoke.
The heart of the smoke.

A sinister being amongst the smoke.

A sinister being amongst the smoke.
A sinister being amongst the smoke.

Possibly the best book to learn photography from. - From legendary and charismatic photographer Bryan Peterson.

Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

Of all the photography books I have found most useful, this one would have to be my favourite. In an easy to understand format this book covers everything from composition to using the correct aperture and shutter speed when taking photographs. This book could easily be applied to both film and digital photography, professional or amateur. Bryan Peterson's books are fun to read and are accompanied by stunning images. Many photography schools and colleges are now using this book as a text book and it is easy to see why.

 

My recommended links. - My websites and useful resources

Please check these out to see more samples of my work as well as other useful links related to photography.

Want to create your own amazing photographs? - Some of my personal recommendations to get you started.

So you have a camera, an eye for detail and an absolute passion for photography but don't know where to begin. Having a camera is the easy part but knowing how to use it properly and capture the images you want is another thing all together. In this module I will hopefully provide you with useful products that will start you on your photographic journey.

The Digital Photography Book
The Digital Photography Book

I have long been a fan of Scott Kelby and his books. Unlike a lot of professional photographers who write books, he writes in a language most beginners can understand. Unlike a lot of photography training books, he presents his lessons and tutorials in easy to understand language and in a step by step way giving you excellent results quickly. If you are looking for a book that will get you started quickly with your digital camera, this would be my first pick. I have personally found it useful and continue to use it to this day.

 

Photography items for amateurs and professionals. - From Amazon

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      im1337mi 

      6 years ago

      Wow, that's pretty cool!

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      im1337mi 

      6 years ago

      Wow, that's pretty cool!

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      wcjohnston 

      6 years ago

      I must try this

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      cabletiesandmore 

      6 years ago

      Amazing photography !!! Never seen before with this category "smoke photography". Just wondering how you control this smoke in studio ? I am interested to know that apart from the photography tricks

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      grinagallery 

      6 years ago

      @Tarra99: Thank you. :-)

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      Tarra99 

      6 years ago

      wow! very cool!

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      grinagallery 

      6 years ago

      @Gala98: Thank you. :-)

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      Gala98 

      6 years ago

      I love smoke images - have done for years but never got around to trying it for myself. Your images are wonderful & make a lovely lens. well done indeed

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      grinagallery 

      6 years ago

      @jason-sparks: Thanks Jason. :-)

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      jason-sparks 

      6 years ago

      I like it

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      grinagallery 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks. :-)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Amazing photography, very inspiring.

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      grinagallery 

      6 years ago

      @Spikey64: Thanks. It has take a few attempts though to get the look I was looking for, so keep trying. :-)

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      sherioz 

      6 years ago

      What incredible photos! These are beautiful.

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      Spikey64 

      6 years ago

      I have tried to photograph smoke myself but I can never seem to get the right effect. Your images are brilliant thanks for sharing them.

    • grinagallery profile imageAUTHOR

      grinagallery 

      6 years ago

      @sherioz: Thank you. :-)

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      grinagallery 

      6 years ago

      @JoshK47: Indeed! Its amazing all the different things you think you can see in the smoke. Thanks for visiting. :-)

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      I've always loved watching smoke swirl around - these photos are spectacular!

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