Photographer Thomas Herbrich Perfect Smoke Shape from 100,000 Shots

AlexPhotography





Photographer Thomas Herbrich Perfect Smoke Shape from 100,000 Shots.

Over the last three months photographer Thomas Herbrich snapped some 100,000 individual photographs of smoke, looking for unexpected anamalies and fortuitous coincidences where familiar shapes emerged.

When Herbrich set out to create these photos, he underestimated how quickly smoke moves; “The rising of cigarette-smoke is actually so quick that conventional flash equipment is too slow, as is the photographer,” Herbrich explained to Petapixel. “Only a few milliseconds pass between recognition of the subject and the taking of the shot, a length of time in which the smoke has already changed again.”

We got a chance to catch up with Herbrich about the series, and he was kind enough to explain why it was so difficult to capture the images he wanted:

I was very surprised by how extremely quickly smoke move. It’s easier to photograph a racing car!

The rising of cigarette-smoke is actually so quick that conventional flash equipment is too slow, as is the photographer – only a few milliseconds pass between recognition of the subject and the taking of the shot, a length of time in which the smoke has already changed again.

I therefore used a quick flash with a flash duration of 1/10000 sec. or faster – and took more than 100,000 digital photos in three months (which killed one camera). The “poor” photos were immediately separated out on the laptop and rejected. Only 20 or so of the photos actually made the shortlist.

Photographer Thomas Herbrich Perfect Smoke Shape from 100,000 Shots:

Photographer Thomas Herbrich Perfect Smoke Shape from 100,000 Shots Photographer Thomas Herbrich Perfect Smoke Shape from 100,000 Shots Photographer Thomas Herbrich Perfect Smoke Shape from 100,000 Shots Photographer Thomas Herbrich Perfect Smoke Shape from 100,000 Shots Photographer Thomas Herbrich Perfect Smoke Shape from 100,000 Shots Photographer Thomas Herbrich Perfect Smoke Shape from 100,000 Shots Photographer Thomas Herbrich Perfect Smoke Shape from 100,000 Shots Photographer Thomas Herbrich Perfect Smoke Shape from 100,000 Shots

Photographer Thomas Herbrich Perfect Smoke Shape from 100,000 Shots

Loading...




Tags: