Cameras with Friggin' Lasers! (part duh)
A couple of blog posts ago I was talking about what my next project will be. It is actually more of a mini project. I was definitely not expecting success the first time around. I'll stop short of saying that nothing worked but, as I suspected, things definitely did not work out the way I was envisioning. I did get a couple of shots but I think they are only worthy of blog post shots. Probably not abstract shots worthy of trying to sell, though. It's going to take some continued experimenting.
The set up.
The smoke (before it became a fog bank so dense that San Francisco was calling asking me to give their fog back).
If you have zero idea what I'm talking about and don't want to go back to read the other post; I'll summarize quickly. Take a laser with a special lens that flattens the beam into a line. Take one smoke machine. Turn out the lights. Photograph smoke passing through a thin line of light. You can get some pretty trippy looking abstract images. Bonus! You get a vibrant duotone photo too!
So. Problems? Well, the combination of a lousy flat beam lens and 200mw laser made photographing tricky. The camera was struggling mightily with focusing. I had to crank up the ISO (light sensitivity) to just about the max which made for some rather grainy shots. The smoke machine puts out copious amounts of smoke; to the point that my glasses were fogging up and I could not see squat, even with the lights on. Despite it being near freezing outside the garage became rainforest humid... and hot. I had to open the garage door a couple of times to let the smoke evacuate -- creating the effect my house being on fire as smoke billowed out the garage in huge clouds. Thankfully no one called the fire services.
For next time I'll be making the following changes:
Better shots will happen.
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