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 Candles and Smoke  (No Photoshop Tricks)
Candles and Smoke (No Photoshop Tricks)
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Challenge: Breaking New Ground (Basic Editing III)
Collection: patterns
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: home
Date: Jan 17, 2005
Galleries: Studio, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2005

My goal was to give the illusion of different colored smoke coming from 3 colored candles. I achieved this by gluing the candles to a wood base. I used burned match heads to simulate the wicks. I put a syringe with a needle through each candle from the bottome where the wick was and allowed just the very tip of the needle to stick out hidden behind the match heads. Each of the 3 syringes was filled with either red, green or blue food coloring. the candles were place upside down in an aquarium filled with water. The syringes were expressed slightly to inject a small amount of the food coloring into the water and the resultant effect was achieved. The final picture was rotated 180 degrees so that the "smoke" appeared to be rising. It was cropped, sharpened, increased contrast and slightly increased saturation. It took many attempts to get a pleasing result. The water in the aquarium had to be replaced after 2 or 3 takes as the food coloring mixed together and darkened the water. This became quite tiring after a while!!
I also attempted a variation of this technique with a cigarette and another variation using 3 matches. I will post these pictures after the challenge is over for any helpful comments. I hope you like this photographic trick I devised!

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 191
Avg (all users): 7.0332
Avg (commenters): 7.9730
Avg (participants): 6.7115
Avg (non-participants): 7.1634
Views since voting: 18105
Views during voting: 654
Votes: 361
Comments: 58
Favorites: 23 (view)


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08/06/2011 09:23:58 PM
Genuine! I salute your creativity & patience!!
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12/14/2005 06:34:17 PM
VERY, VERY NICE! And clever. Superb work! :)
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11/19/2005 12:16:35 AM
A good magician should never give away their good tricks...magical shot!
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10/26/2005 06:31:18 PM
very nice picture!
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08/03/2005 09:18:53 AM
Damn clever! And well done.
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02/08/2005 08:43:34 AM
haha, clever :)
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01/30/2005 05:21:57 PM
very clever, and a job well done!
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01/30/2005 12:35:37 AM
at first i didnt like this photo, kinda funny colours, the cream background, etc. but its grown on me and i do like it now! :)
congratulations....!
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01/29/2005 09:44:26 PM
Brilliantly executed. I never would have guessed that this was done in a tank of water...
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01/26/2005 03:16:01 PM
nicely done. well deserved top 10 finish.
congrats.
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01/26/2005 01:09:06 PM
genius...very nice.
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01/26/2005 08:26:33 AM
Hey lawrence: Another great one from your arsenal and boy are there more where this comes from. Your creativity is unique and this is a dashing and outstanding effort. Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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01/26/2005 05:10:00 AM
Great to read about how it was done. Sounds like it was quite a lot of effort, but weel worth it.
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01/26/2005 04:22:58 AM
I am often amazed at the thought, and trouble, that goes into some of the entries. This is sensational.
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01/26/2005 03:42:18 AM
Creative idea, very well done...
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01/26/2005 12:14:10 AM
Congrats on your top ten finish Lawrence.
Nice "gentle" poke at, well, we know what..
Great creativity!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2005 09:30:41 PM
Neat trick and a good jab at the past! Bumping up!
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01/25/2005 08:01:45 PM
A definite winner to tease the senses with ink and water. Another bump!
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01/25/2005 11:32:20 AM
Well it is certainly innovative! A 10
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01/24/2005 05:05:08 PM
Wow, thats weird looking.
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01/24/2005 08:48:33 AM
Please share your secret with us after the competition, great pic in every respect. bumping up to 10
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01/23/2005 03:28:19 PM
very interesting photograph.. good use of negative space
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01/23/2005 05:54:00 AM
Is this really ink in water, image inverted to make it look like it's rising?
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01/23/2005 04:08:30 AM
Nice illusion with water. Candles infront of fish tank, drop of food coloring behind (I was just playing with food coloring a water about a day ago <grin>). Still a very cool shot though.
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01/22/2005 03:19:15 PM
pretty kewl!
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01/22/2005 01:09:49 PM
really cool
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01/22/2005 11:20:34 AM
cool.....I mean hot. Whatever, good shot.
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01/22/2005 08:20:59 AM
i really hope you tell some secrets after voting!!
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01/22/2005 04:46:37 AM
Excellent details in the smoke. Very impressive and illusive technique. I'll be interested to read about it later.
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01/21/2005 05:22:38 PM
if it was a trick it would have been a nice one
without just pretty spectaculair
i never saw thisb4 soo u totally fit the challenge
perfect job!
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01/21/2005 02:39:07 PM
This is a great picture...the background looks a little dull should be a little brighter but overall I love this picture! How did you do that?
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01/21/2005 04:11:42 AM
Interesting :) ...
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01/21/2005 04:09:07 AM
Now this is more like innovation. 9
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01/21/2005 03:16:43 AM
This is awesome I dont know how you did this but I cant wait to see how you did it.
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01/21/2005 12:03:18 AM
Very clever. Well done.
01/20/2005 10:52:01 PM
Okay... it looks like dye flatingin water. I m sure it is in water... Excllent shot.
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01/20/2005 10:29:33 PM
Okay I'll assume this is straight out of the camera. Very distinctive photograph and the wisps of 'smoke' appear to arise from the candles. I think this was shot perhaps under water and the drifting dye is perhaps ink floating within the water. Or, perhaps this was shot against a backdrop of water and the drifting dye was painted into the water. In any event, quite a nice entry and one of the few I think really meet the spirit of the challenge. Well done, and I'll be tuning in later to hear how you did this! :) 9
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01/20/2005 08:30:51 PM
Awesome job... don't know how you did this one, but very awesome. An 8!
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01/20/2005 04:57:11 PM
Food colourants? You've flipped this 180? :) Good idea for the challenge
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01/20/2005 04:54:28 PM
this is very good, so different. I like this alot and vote a 10.......well done
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01/20/2005 03:12:36 PM
Excellent shot!
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01/20/2005 11:50:46 AM
Very cool technique. Nice comp.
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01/20/2005 10:48:38 AM
One of my favorite shots!
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01/20/2005 10:45:38 AM
looks like a winner to me ...
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01/19/2005 09:38:06 PM
they're hanging upside down in a container of water, right? that's pretty cool. i think i would have like it even more if the only "smoke" was the dark, more crisp smoke. but still a very original technique!
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01/19/2005 08:53:04 PM
Very cool!
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01/19/2005 03:49:57 PM
Great use of food dye!
I've tried shots like this before but couldn't manage to get such detailed drops of the dye. I'm wondering if you used something other than water as your liquid... looking forward to reading the explanation of this one :)
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01/19/2005 03:40:45 PM
this is a good shot. i feel the disclaimer in the title is unneccesary.
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01/19/2005 12:20:22 PM
looks more like food coloring in water rather than smoke... is it?
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01/19/2005 12:06:53 PM
This would be cooler if you couldn't see the source and if the background was white instead of pale yellow. It's a really cool idea. I'd like to know how you produced those colors! 5
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01/19/2005 10:46:36 AM
Very cool effect, the title spoils it a bit for me though
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01/19/2005 09:46:04 AM
Brilliant ide, well done!
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01/19/2005 07:38:51 AM
Very effective.
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01/19/2005 07:03:03 AM
Beautiful....looking forward to see how you did that?
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01/19/2005 06:22:01 AM
Very clever. Took a while to figure out how you did that. :)
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01/19/2005 02:26:45 AM
nah i dont believe you :)
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01/19/2005 01:06:55 AM
Great effect. Looks like dye being dropped into water and photographed upside down. Wonderfully done regardless of how you did it, it really does look like smoke at first glance9
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01/19/2005 12:50:23 AM
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Message edited by author 2005-07-12 08:06:36.
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