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Wider, but still whispy, coloured (coloured) smoke rises from the lens of this old AGFA Silette Pronto camera. In life and in mono reflection....
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Wider, but still whispy, coloured (coloured) smoke rises from the lens of this old AGFA Silette Pronto camera. In life and in mono reflection.
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ctbugan PRO+
 
ctbugan August 24, 2016
That's a really cool concept and creative way to come up with an infinity curve!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots August 24, 2016
Great job! Congrats.
the_igloo
 
the_igloo February 25, 2017
Great Photo!!
madeinPortugal
 
madeinPortugal March 27, 2017
"Biutiful" love it... Congrats :)
conniebardin
 
conniebardin May 22, 2017
Amazing
shannonsmyth
 
shannonsmyth March 07, 2019
Very nice.

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Behind The Lens

Location
I shot this photograph in my bathroom of all places!
Time
Because I used studio lighting, I could have shot this image at any time of day, but if you really want to know, I photographed this at 14:53 on a British March afternoon. The bath being directly under an easterly facing window, so any natural light coming through the frosted window made a very minimal contribution, if any because the octobox was blocking much of the daylight reaching the bath tub & would have been overpowered by the 400w/s studio light anyway. This is one of a series of images I took of this old camera. Unfortunately this old film camera no longer works though it still looks good from many angles. I thought that the silver & black body against the stark white background would contrast well with the red, green & blue smoke which I added in, in Photoshop.
Lighting
I hadn't seen a bath tub used as an infinity cove/curve before, but I had thought about using this method for a while & this subject presented the perfect opportunity to try it out. I had a studio light with large octabox sitting on the rim of the bath firing straight down just forward of the camera taking the shot and a round white reflector just behind the shooting camera, to help eliminate shadows but keep the reflection. I liked this idea of the bath as an infinity curve so much, I now have a bath with the tap end cut off in my studio. It's much easier to use than leaning into a normal bath tub.
Equipment
The camera was a Nikon D800 & Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens sat in the bath with a remote trigger, a studio strobe with large octabox and a small white reflector, and of course the bathtub itself.
Inspiration
I was looking for a way to mimic an infinity cove/curve without breaking the bank and to experiment with adding coloured smoke in Photoshop.
Editing
There wasn't a great deal of post processing in Photoshop. I painted in the coloured smoke with suitable brushes (I found for free on the internet), in separate masked layers, adjusting each layer's opacity and adding blur to make it look as realistic as I could. I then copied the area of reflection, adding a layer mask and desaturated it. I also copied the smoke layers, grouping them together, flipped them, repositioned them, added another layer mask and desaturated them as well. Giving me a black & white reflection of both the old camera & added smoke. It's a subtle effect and many people don't even notice the reflection lacks colour at first.
In my camera bag
Apart from the Nikon D800, I also have an Olympus OM-D E-M5. My camera bag usually contains the following lenses: Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 (used to photograph this image), Nikon 70-200 f/4, Nikon 16-35 f/4, Sigma 50 f/1.4. Three Nikon SB-700 speedlights, Nikon SU-800 commander and PocketWizard trigger & receiver, plus a small selection of lenses for the Olympus.
Feedback
If you are going to try shooting something in your bath tub make sure it is spotlessly clean. I ended up cleaning the bath three times before I got good clean shots without tiny little spots on the brilliant white surface.

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