Smoke Photography (Magic Lamp)

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I’ll start by saying that there are no Photoshop tricks in this image, the only adjustments were adding the two tone colour and some noise cleanup. The image is actually rotated counter clockwise 90 degrees; I just felt like the smoke created an almost magic lamp shape if I did this. I took 100’s of photographs and after going through them, I felt this one had the most interesting shape.

I have included a link to an article I found, which shows a similar setup and procedure to what I used.

http://digital-photography-school.com/an-introduction-to-smoke-photography

By | 2013-04-26T09:15:14+00:00 October 3rd, 2012|Abstract|0 Comments

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  1. heather @ grillfusion October 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    You photography is just amazing!

  2. Kazila October 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Awesome colour choices.

  3. lemoed October 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    It’s beautiful! So strong and so fragile at the same time, I love it!

  4. dipitblack October 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    You keep surprising me with your photographs.
    Love them!

    X
    http://www.dipitblack.wordpress.com

  5. Patti Kuche October 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful! Would love to say something more profound but . . . . speechless!

  6. dylangillespie14 October 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I love how you have some absolutely amazing landscape type photography but then you also have these awesome contemporary/abstract/creative photos like this one. Don’t take either of those three words offensively, I just couldn’t think of the right word to describe it…..again, beautiful work!

  7. A Connoisseur of Life October 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    absolutely love. magical.

  8. Olivia October 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Completely awed!!! fantabulastic… 🙂
    hugs xoxo

  9. snowgood October 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Amazing! Real photography, no snapshot nonsense.

  10. snappy~speak October 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    You’re disgustingly talented. I mean that in a good way.

  11. Lauren October 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    I love these abstract pictures you take, very cool.

  12. myritingboard October 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Pretty

  13. Wildflower Women October 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Amazing, once again! You have a great eye. Thank you for sharing with the world!

  14. artzent October 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Oh, that is lovely. Very fluid. You can almost see it moving!

  15. Emily October 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Where did you shoot this? Regardless, it’s stunning.

  16. newsrealpoetry October 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Wow – the lamp shape is ramazing. I wonder what other images the smoke conjured up? (Oh, and thanks for liking my posts!)

  17. thoughtfullywritten October 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    it looks as if boo is writen into it. amazing picture!

  18. Hannah October 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    I LOVE this! Straight out of Aladdin!

  19. orisianova October 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Incredible work! Wow!

  20. 48colorrainbow October 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Beautiful!

  21. Grace October 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    this is amazing!

  22. odawni October 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Wow. So lovely and amazing. How did you capture the smoke like this? Do you do any post-production work on your photos?

  23. Venom October 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Very impressive! o_O

  24. Lizbeth Hamlin October 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    All I can say, is that ‘I love this’….the movement of the flame that still exist and the way it is alive!

  25. terrepruitt October 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Fun! It DOES look like a genie lamp! So cool!

  26. firebrightyoga October 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! So alive… and the shapes are so artful! Nice.

  27. siliconebaby October 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    beautiful. 🙂

  28. Rita Jannusch McKenzie October 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Beautiful and very intriguing!

  29. BigBadSheep October 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Just…magic! Pure magic. Thanks for sharing with us!

  30. Scott DSR Creations October 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Wow! Amazing work!

  31. nettrobbens October 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    OMG! I love this picture …the flames are brilliant. Thank you for sharing your gift.

  32. Arbib October 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on Photography Re-Blogger.

  33. humanTriumphant October 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    utter awesomeness, as always!

  34. Tarina October 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Incredible how you do these shots…. I really love light photography, I love the clean lines of the orange changing into blue. You know, I do wonder sometimes if you only follow me to get me to look at your pics… though I’m very glad I do get to see them! 😀 Haha. (Is it true?)
    Thank you for sharing this, it’s really nice to be able to see photos like this and comment on them etc. Love all your photos.
    Izhith’a,
    Tarina

  35. Kourtney Heintz October 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    I love that you rotated the smoke, it immediately reminded me of a genie’s lamp.

  36. Noel Williams www.prhayz.com October 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Awesome!

  37. carolcork October 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Your photographs are always amazing!

  38. TalkingLanguages October 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Your photographs are stunning! To say that I love it is an understatement :))

  39. John October 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Excellent work.

  40. rumourwriter October 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Wow! You have an amazing, amazing talent! Thank you for showing me the world through your lenses!

  41. EverdayLivingPNW October 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Wow that is a cool shot!

  42. motioners October 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Great work Patrick. You inspire me to experiment and learn. I really enjoy your blog. Thanks, bill

  43. ly October 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    wow!!

  44. alissea October 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Awesome! That smoke thing (or whatever you call it) is more beautiful than my acid dreams.

  45. Sonja Kramer Haag October 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    well you just put mine to shame. : )

  46. nhicksb October 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on nhicksbunao.

  47. dorothypaula October 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    You can see beyond the ordinary. I like your pictures. They inspire. They have a magical quality about them. The stuff that dreams are made of. This is how I feel when I view them. Bravo! for following your dream. 🙂

  48. YellowCable October 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Love it.

  49. moderndayruth October 3, 2012 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    So mystical… in my mind’s eye, i saw Alladin carrying it 🙂

  50. ShineMine October 3, 2012 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    So incredibly beautiful!

  51. Diane Tibert October 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    That is really cool. I’ll have to try it. I’ve done similar things with candles and the torched-end of a stick outside in the dark, but not this.

  52. Imelda October 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    This is utterly beautiful.

  53. Vanessa Vallozzi October 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on Everyday Thoughts.

  54. Xin7 October 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    This is so stunning. I know it’s an illusion, but I see the word “love.”

  55. earthriderjudyberman October 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Fantastic. It almost does look like a magic lamp.

  56. zeejewelry October 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    I love this! It would make such a cool glass sculpture too. How it would catch the light. Beautiful photo!

  57. Phoebe October 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Amazing! (and thanks for stopping by my blog)

  58. mindinterrupted October 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Holy Smoke… yes I couldn’t resist. So beautiful how did you do that? I love the color,

  59. gotasté October 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    What an amazing blog you have! You have got great eyes for beautiful picture and very nice touch ups! Thanks for visiting my blog and liking it! I love your creations!!!

  60. clairvoyantgirl October 3, 2012 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    I love it!!!

  61. Erika October 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    A-MA-ZING !!!!!! WOW

  62. Emma McCoy October 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Great image!

  63. reconstructinglife October 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Very cool!

  64. sapphospeaks October 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Love.

  65. naomimgruer October 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Love it, too!

  66. Michelle Gillies October 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Magic! 🙂

  67. peaches+gingham October 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Amazing!

  68. Kimiko Lotus October 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    You have been nominated for several Blog Awards: http://blackhippiechick.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/1699/

  69. paixpheonix October 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    I should try that with one of my flame shots.

  70. Rebecca October 3, 2012 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Wow! This is stunning!

  71. mrsjuliana October 3, 2012 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Absolutely amazing!!!!

  72. relaxingcooking October 3, 2012 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    You have absolutely amazing photography, beautiful work!

  73. Andrew Stillman October 3, 2012 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    you never cease to amaze me.

  74. missdidobelle October 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    This is sooo stunning and absolutely amazing. I love it!

  75. colormusing October 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    It dies look like a magic lamp! I love it!

  76. onyourwaytolalaland October 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Great job man. Talent.

  77. heytherefriends October 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Wow, that is beautiful!

  78. sakuraandme October 3, 2012 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Incredible!

  79. Beautiful effect. Nice one

  80. Zaka Ul Hassan October 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    good work patrick…smoky effect with gradient

  81. GameScanner October 3, 2012 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Are you kidding me. Those are some stunning effects. So simple, yest so beautiful. Heck, too bad I’m bad with a camera.

    Your photo is excellent 🙂

  82. saxsilverain October 3, 2012 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    can’t help expecting to see the Genie coming out of the right end of the lamp! 🙂 very beautiful image, as always!

  83. Rong Wang October 3, 2012 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    wow amazing photo shoot

  84. Metafore October 4, 2012 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Absolutely brilliant. Really needs a creative mind to envision such an image!

  85. todadwithlove October 4, 2012 at 1:27 am - Reply

    You always impress me.

  86. I get it Comics October 4, 2012 at 2:27 am - Reply

    high class technique!

  87. lazylauramaisey October 4, 2012 at 3:05 am - Reply
  88. Stacey October 4, 2012 at 3:13 am - Reply

    I immediately saw the lamp. The photo is magical.

  89. Libby October 4, 2012 at 3:37 am - Reply

    Wow!

  90. graceegsblog October 4, 2012 at 4:05 am - Reply

    WOW, thats the only thing I can say… Speechless with your creativity.

  91. Geek 20/20 October 4, 2012 at 5:05 am - Reply

    WOW! I never knew smoke could be so elegant.

  92. buddhasal October 4, 2012 at 5:07 am - Reply

    Beautiful work!!

  93. evilnymphstuff October 4, 2012 at 5:11 am - Reply

    That’s so mystical-like! I love it!

  94. dianabletter October 4, 2012 at 5:12 am - Reply

    It is gorgeous! Simply gives “up in smoke” a new meaning!

  95. Seyi sandra October 4, 2012 at 5:13 am - Reply

    Wow!! That was simply awesome, it’s simply out of this world, I love it!

  96. JeannieRichard October 4, 2012 at 5:14 am - Reply

    And I can almost see the Jin in folded arms in a reclining posture! *GASP*

  97. lovelifelaundry October 4, 2012 at 5:20 am - Reply

    Your photos are amazing Patrick. I especially adore the quirky ones. Thanks for visiting my blog

  98. mantonofthepeople October 4, 2012 at 5:24 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on mantonofthepeople and commented:
    Honestly, I love the color contrast of the smoke especially the fact you can actually see where the color changes, awesome!

  99. Zee October 4, 2012 at 5:40 am - Reply

    Beautiful!!

  100. gabrielablandy October 4, 2012 at 7:00 am - Reply

    As always, your photo astonishes me. I am hiking in North Wales at the moment, trying so hard to capture the beauty of the mountains around me, but not really succeeding. I keep thinking, what would Patrick do? How would he do this justice?!

  101. fatimasaysell October 4, 2012 at 7:30 am - Reply

    It never ceases to amaze me the wonderful things one can do with modern photography! Beautiful image. 🙂

  102. 50fleetingflings October 4, 2012 at 7:48 am - Reply

    I wish I had a print of this for my wall, seriously. What is the smoke from?

  103. Blood Hawk October 4, 2012 at 7:58 am - Reply

    You never stop surprising me mate. Great photo, kinda wish I had the cash to buy a print.

  104. Matthew Morgal October 4, 2012 at 9:07 am - Reply

    That looks incredible!

  105. jncahill October 4, 2012 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on J.N. Cahill : and commented:
    This is so cool.

  106. trappedemotion October 4, 2012 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Love the way the smoke looks and how it’s changes colors. Captured beautifully.

  107. garfaylor October 4, 2012 at 10:01 am - Reply

    All of this is incredible.

  108. peaceiscake October 4, 2012 at 10:17 am - Reply

    What is that? It looks a bit animated?

  109. kalabalu October 4, 2012 at 10:22 am - Reply

    gone up in smoked but in style with colors

  110. Corinne Shields October 4, 2012 at 10:40 am - Reply

    As ever, an amazing photograph. You are a wizard!!

    Corinne

  111. LensScaper October 4, 2012 at 10:47 am - Reply

    That is so cool.

  112. kelihasablog October 4, 2012 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Love it… Simplicity is beauty… 😀

  113. Shonnie October 4, 2012 at 11:06 am - Reply

    lovely

  114. gwenniesgarden October 4, 2012 at 11:20 am - Reply

    holy smoke !

  115. sunnychance0207 October 4, 2012 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on sunnychance0207.

  116. joelbardwriting October 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Hey, thanks for liking my post! You’re quite a skilled photographer, but I’m sure you hear that a lot. Do you ever hear that you look like Owen Wilson? Probably. I’m following your blog now Brotha.

  117. Cam October 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Beautiful. I’m learning so much about photography. Thanks for nurturing my curiosity 🙂

  118. poetjena October 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Ok, that’s cool. I get to be the 111’th commentator for this thread. And as tempting as it is to read the rest of the comments which I actually honestly frequently do, I will instead just stop by here long enough to say, that I am a total “light-junkie” – pretty much doesn’t matter in which form it takes, and so how could I not be drawn like a moth to this fabulous image. Simply ‘superlative’ !!

  119. Bashar A. October 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    wow… this is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G 🙂

  120. bloodfreak October 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    At this point, it’s maybe getting a bit old after 100+ comments, but I’d like to add my “amazing” to the chorus. Really beautiful!

  121. bubblytee October 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    This is a remarkable work of art…and I salute you!

  122. happyflowerwordzoo002 October 4, 2012 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    I have no idea how this is done but it is a marvel. Keep taking pictures.

  123. hermitsdoor October 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Last year, on a trip in the Southwest, I took some of my “mistake” photos and re-looked at them as abstracts.
    https://hermitsdoor.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/travel-photo-album-plateau-abstracts/
    Enjoy, Oscar

  124. Small Town Diva October 5, 2012 at 1:01 am - Reply

    I love this. Beautiful work. 🙂

  125. kjens October 5, 2012 at 3:22 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on My Second Chances.

  126. Laura Quick October 5, 2012 at 7:41 am - Reply

    I saw this and I thought this film might inspire you (Great moveable GIF with a flame):
    http://gifctrl.com/si

  127. hagbayon October 5, 2012 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Spiritual, passional.

  128. anDru October 5, 2012 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Just unique image. Nicely taken

  129. sewnotwork October 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. Very cool!

  130. glassbane October 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shot!

  131. mrs fringe October 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    LOVE this!

  132. David October 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Very, very cool – especially the two different colors.

  133. AJ Rogers October 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Seriously amazing!!

  134. mmadonna1 October 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Sort of looks like music to me! Sweet!

  135. Beverley Burgess Bell October 5, 2012 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on Bev vs Aging.

  136. photosbycathy October 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    this is a great technique and that is a beautiful photo[[:

  137. stanzebla October 6, 2012 at 3:33 am - Reply

    Beautiful photo and thanks for the link, it’s really inspiring.

  138. natcheron October 6, 2012 at 6:34 am - Reply

    WOW !

  139. Maria October 6, 2012 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Love the colors, the movement, dare I say ephemeral quality. An adult now and still amazed at people who can create smoke rings with their exhales.

  140. lesleyslovelylife October 6, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I absolutely love this! Its so very pretty. Ive always liked smoke art.

  141. healingthe3s October 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Interesting

  142. angrygaijin October 7, 2012 at 8:41 am - Reply

    It does look like a lamp!! Suuuper cool!

  143. angrygaijin October 7, 2012 at 8:41 am - Reply

    p.s. I’m going to add you to my BlogReel if that’s ok! Let me know if not. 🙂

  144. Cyn October 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Wow!!! I keep forwarding links to my hubby who loves photography and your are inspiring him. Amazing stuff;)

  145. custompastelportraits October 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    This is amazing!

  146. crushland October 8, 2012 at 12:57 am - Reply

    This is so beautiful, well done! Also thank you for the tips and links I’ll definitely try it too : )

  147. pineappleperson October 8, 2012 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Your photos are amazing! I was wondering if I could link to your site and/or share some of your photos. Please inform me if so. Keep up the good work!

  148. buddhalaugh October 8, 2012 at 9:41 am - Reply

    thank you for your very beautiful perspective.

  149. Katie Glenn October 8, 2012 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Wicked!

  150. gennied October 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Photos are beautiful. Continue to send to me.

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  152. rockstarobert October 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on theboymeetsgirl and commented:
    Magical shot:::

  153. johnydecali October 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Neat! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  154. hangargallery October 9, 2012 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    These shots are pretty snazzy!

  155. mywac October 10, 2012 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Another great photo Patrick. Thanks for the ‘follow’. I’m hoping that during My Year Without A Career, I get time to take more photos. Yours are technically astounding, funny and beautiful – thanks for posting links to the techiw stuff too #useful! MYWAC

  156. jamiejaymay October 12, 2012 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Thank you for the follow! These images are truly amazing, I’m going to HAVE to try this one day! It’s great for someone who’s just starting out to see what can be achieved!

  157. a mustard seed sur la route October 12, 2012 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Hey Patrick, thanks for following my blog. I am really impressed by your pictures in the snow, but this one is definitely the one that I like the most!

  158. gabrielgarbowota October 13, 2012 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Whoa. Photography is so beyond me. And *this* … it’s beyond beyond. DO you plan to keep experimenting with this technique?

  159. melrandom October 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    This is amazing!!

  160. Julia Kovach October 15, 2012 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Incredible! I love it! I love the way you change things around and turn them into more than what they are! Cool stuff!

  161. HOJANEPES news October 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Hi Dear Patrick! Thanks so much my friend. You had come to my blog and signed “Like”. And me too visit your best and wonderful site. It’s great job. Have come again to our media.
    One more again so much thanks. ….

  162. stoptrippin October 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    These are great! Thanks for the like and for posting awesome pics! 🙂

  163. Dizzy October 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Wow. First thing I thought was magic. A Genie’s lamp. Spectacular. Really crazy-good, Patrick!

  164. janjoy52 October 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Very cool.

  165. remarkjombee November 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Amazing!

  166. Seas Reflecting Starlight November 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    I expected the smoke to come from a magic lamp – I was delightfully surprised to see the smoke become a magic lamp! Amazing piece!

  167. Jon Petruschke February 24, 2013 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Really excellent photos!

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