Smoke Photography and Smoke Art

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Photography is constantly reminding us how wondrous and beautiful the world we live in truly is. It often urges us to take another look at the ordinary things around us in a new light, revealing a quiet beauty in even the most mundane of objects. More specifically, smoke photography, with its alluring images of ghostly wisps of smoke, shows us that we don’t have to look very far to find this beauty.

In this edition of our Monday Inspiration series, we present 60 examples of beautiful smoke photography and smoke art: a round-up of some of the best examples of photos and artworks where smoke dominates. At the bottom of this post are some links to tutorials on creating your own smoke photographs, as well as other resources on the subject.

35 × Elegant Smoke Photographs

Magicnikon1
Dry ice was put in the bottle to get this great image.

Smoke Art2

Hughes Léglise-Bataille3

smoke4

Selva Morales5

Smoke Art6

Ibai Acevedo Larrañaga7

smoke8

Alberich Mathews9
Wonderful fantasy image.

smoke art10

italian.meatball11

smoke12

Frances Dre13

smoke14

icewomanfirst15

smoke16

moczkos17

smoke18

Corica19
No HDR in use.

smoke20

Wolfgang Schlegl21

smoke22

olvwu23

smoke24

Greg Cope25

smoke26

brents pix27

smoke28

Howya29

smoke30

cubanito31

smoke32

ubierno33

smoke34

smoke35

lapebo36

smoke37

Mohammad Moniruzzaman38

smoke39

Stephan Bollinger40

smoke41

Lumendipity10542

Smoke Art and Smoke Photography43

Alfredo M. Montesdeoca44

smoke45

Terry McCormick46

smoke47

Kalamakia48

smoke49

G. Chorus50

smoke51

Alicia en Sheffield52

smoke53

Stuck in Customs54

smoke55

e20ci56

smoke57

Tony Hopkinson58

smoke59

The smoke that’s produced in explosive interaction with electricity:60 [via61]

smoke62

Mehmet Ozgur63

smoke64

Josh Beeman65

smoke66

puma10067

smoke68

Lamont Hardy69
Experiment with a lightbulb’s filament.

smoke art70

Dubi Feiner71

smoke72

25 × Smoke Art

Eddie Mayda73
Roll-Up by Eddie Mayda. “Fluid and aerodynamics are technical interests of mine. It is so entertaining to be able to combine my technical side with a little bit of art. The forms that result from a simple stick of burning incense defy the imagination… and catching them is a sport!”

smoke74

Jay PH75

smoke76

smoke77

Will Cook78

smoke79

smoke80

Steve Wampler81

smoke82

dxsibo83

smoke84

Mehmet Ozgur85
Stunning image of smoke shaped in Photoshop to resemble a woman. This technique is often referred to as “smoke sculpture.”

woman86

J.Auchinleck87
Great image made by layering pictures of smoke and mirroring them to make it symmetrical.

smoke sculpture88

Ceekybikerboy89
Blue waves of smoke.

smoke90

Paul C Anderson91

smoke art92

Larry Grace93
Beautifully symmetrical smoke photograph.

smoke art94

Sdx7695

smoke art96

Per Zangenberg97
This natural smoke wisp looks like a torso.

smoke art98

CowGummy99

smoke art100

Greypaw101

smoke art102

Mehmet Ozgur103

smoke art104

Lumendipity10542

Smoke Art and Smoke Photography106

Smoke Art and Smoke Photography107

Resources

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/8567550@N02/2379315504/in/pool-49806738@N00
  2. 2 http://www.flickr.com/photos/8567550@N02/2379315504/in/pool-49806738@N00
  3. 3 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hughes_leglise/
  4. 4 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hughes_leglise/239179498/
  5. 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/selva/
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/photos/selva/513813/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/miabuelanoloentiende/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/miabuelanoloentiende/2824027931/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/alberich/596953390/in/pool-smokeart
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/alberich/596953390/in/pool-smokeart
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tacksharp/2158944445/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tacksharp/2158944445/
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/56583351@N00/194727791/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/56583351@N00/194727791/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/icewoman/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/icewoman/2615116479/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7959482@N02/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7959482@N02/2326971895/
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/corica/1319102546/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/corica/1319102546/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/schlegl/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/schlegl/385259543/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/olvwu/99549727/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/olvwu/99549727/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/copeg/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/copeg/365932261/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/brentspix/2436021731/in/set-72157604085829375/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/brentspix/2436021731/in/set-72157604085829375/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/howya/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/howya/2108200001/
  31. 31 http://club-sonus.sony.de/gallery/showImageDetails.htm?galleryItem=4500
  32. 32 http://club-sonus.sony.de/gallery/showImageDetails.htm?galleryItem=14271&pageContext=category&subCategory=153&pageNumber=7
  33. 33 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ubierno/2078921190/
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ubierno/2078921190/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ubierno/2078921190/
  36. 36 http://club-sonus.sony.de/gallery/showImageDetails.htm?galleryItem=7359&pageContext=category&subCategory=153&pageNumber=10
  37. 37 http://club-sonus.sony.de/gallery/showImageDetails.htm?galleryItem=7359&pageContext=category&subCategory=153&pageNumber=10
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bacillus/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bacillus/1891700900/
  40. 40 http://www.swissphoto.com.au/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bacillus/1891700900/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lumendipity/sets/72157600005114373/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lumendipity/1516008744/in/set-72157600005114373/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/almarmon1/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/almarmon1/69066294/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zormsk/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zormsk/427632769/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalamakia/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalamakia/2283478780/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/12382390@N02/2533087733/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/12382390@N02/2533087733/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotosdealicia/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotosdealicia/2887718313/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/387019269/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/387019269/
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cocoabeachjoe/1300892840/
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cocoabeachjoe/1300892840/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony-hopkinson/1443143486/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony-hopkinson/1443143486/
  60. 60 http://www.pbase.com/daria90/electricity
  61. 61 http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2008/08/sublime-sensual-smoke-art.html
  62. 62 http://www.pbase.com/daria90/electricity
  63. 63 http://photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=493133
  64. 64 http://photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=493133
  65. 65 http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshbeeman/
  66. 66 http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshbeeman/2241897977/
  67. 67 http://puma100.photosight.ru/
  68. 68 http://puma100.photosight.ru/
  69. 69 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lamonthardy/493188200/in/pool-artsmoke
  70. 70 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lamonthardy/493188200/in/pool-artsmoke
  71. 71 http://www.flickr.com/photos/37216937@N00/119896207/
  72. 72 http://www.flickr.com/photos/37216937@N00/119896207/
  73. 73 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eamayda/sets/72057594053163489/
  74. 74 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eamayda/293603584/
  75. 75 http://www.flickr.com/photos/69826402@N00/2347786849/in/set-72157604037349522/
  76. 76 http://www.flickr.com/photos/69826402@N00/2347786849/in/set-72157604037349522/
  77. 77 http://www.flickr.com/photos/69826402@N00/2308352957/
  78. 78 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wcreations46/2250352373/
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wcreations46/2250352373/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wcreations46/2457119075/in/set-72157603558773100/
  81. 81 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgw/sets/72157603804672682/
  82. 82 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgw/2224693100/in/set-72157603804672682/
  83. 83 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dxsibo/2538121815/
  84. 84 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dxsibo/2538121815/
  85. 85 http://www.mehmet-ozgur.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=111
  86. 86 http://www.mehmet-ozgur.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=111
  87. 87 http://www.flickr.com/photos/j-auchinleck/2251322041/in/pool-fleetingbeauty-smoke
  88. 88 http://www.flickr.com/photos/j-auchinleck/2251322041/in/pool-fleetingbeauty-smoke
  89. 89 http://www.flickr.com/photos/79196467@N00/437864697/in/set-72157600032993504/
  90. 90 http://www.flickr.com/photos/79196467@N00/437864697/in/set-72157600032993504/
  91. 91 http://www.pbase.com/paulca/image/54412250
  92. 92 http://www.pbase.com/paulca/image/54412250
  93. 93 http://www.pbase.com/larrygrace/image/90990158
  94. 94 http://www.pbase.com/larrygrace/image/90990158
  95. 95 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdx76/532194268/sizes/o/
  96. 96 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdx76/532194268/sizes/o/
  97. 97 http://www.zangenberg.net/foto/index.php?id=846&page=1
  98. 98 http://www.zangenberg.net/foto/index.php?id=846&page=1
  99. 99 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cowgummy/2168430837/in/set-72157594342830830/
  100. 100 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cowgummy/2168430837/in/set-72157594342830830/
  101. 101 http://www.flickr.com/photos/robc_coops/2192478779/in/pool-413725@N24
  102. 102 http://www.flickr.com/photos/robc_coops/2192478779/in/pool-413725@N24
  103. 103 http://www.mehmet-ozgur.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=139
  104. 104 http://www.mehmet-ozgur.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=139
  105. 105 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lumendipity/sets/72157600005114373/
  106. 106 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lumendipity/2590190300/in/set-72157600005114373/
  107. 107 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lumendipity/490791908/in/set-72157600005114373/
  108. 108 http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/photography/articles/1492.aspx
  109. 109 http://www.flickr.com/groups/smokeart/
  110. 110 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv39UmuiYNA
  111. 111 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wcreations46/sets/72157603558773100/
  112. 112 http://www.flickr.com/groups/artsmoke/pool/
  113. 113 http://sensitivelight.com/smoke2/

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Tim Mercer is a photography enthusiast, graphic designer, artist and blogger. His blog offers free resources for the digital artist and graphic designer, as well as tutorials, artist interviews, inspiration and more.

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  1. 1

    First off, let me say that I DID give my permission to use my images in this article. I was however dissapointed that Tim only showed the one photo. Especially when seeing some of the other photos shown.
    If you liked the one shown here please check out Dancing Woman, http://www.zangenberg.net/foto/index.php?id=1079

    and Pregnant Woman, http://www.zangenberg.net/foto/index.php?id=850

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  2. 52

    As some other photographers have already stated above, glad to be in the list (3 times), but it would have been better to send a message to each of us that you were planning this, or at least when you posted this article..

    Anyways, you can see more of my stuff here in my Smoke Photography Gallery .. for some how-to information, check my Blog posts on Smoke Photography..

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  3. 103

    I’m flattered that you chose to use my pictures in you on-line publication, and that you gave me credit for them.. I am, however, a little disappointed that you choice to post them without my verbal or written consent. If you look closely, you will see that all of my Flickr photos are copyright protected. Always let me know in advance. Much appreciated

    Will Cook

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  4. 154

    Feel free to continue to post the two pieces you chose for this article, but in the future get my permission first

    Will Cook

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  5. 205

    Stunning collection, here is two of mine smoky pictures Tibet, Lhasa – Jokhang Temple , and the other one Tibet, Lhasa – Jokhang Temple II

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  6. 256

    Great work, beautiful foto… :)

    My smoke fotos…

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  7. 307

    真是太帅了,有点云里雾里了,呵呵

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  8. 358

    coool

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  9. 409

    Oups, I totally did not see what I was supposed to see in picture #1.. Not right away, anyway.

    :|

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  10. 460

    Nice pixs. However, I prefer to see added elements with smoke. Thanks for giving me an idea. I’ll take a snapshot of a pile of burning newspaper articles that I’ve saved from the “BAILOUT BUST”. A slow burn capturing pieces of the smoking headlines and photos as the Dow flirts with history! (tee hee) I just love to play with FIRE on paper. In my opinion, the element of danger when dealing with smoke (fire) is what makes the artwork come alive.

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  11. 511

    Amazing Pictures. It makes me want to change from black and white photography to color/digital. All these pieces of work has given me a new thought to what i can shoot.Thanks.

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  12. 562
  13. 613

    pos k onda karnal

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  14. 664

    pos ke onda karnal puro king A.D.R

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  15. 715

    where is the tutorial to do the smoke? would really love to use this in an ad.

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  16. 766

    Resquied muhammed ali akram shithead

    April 2, 2009 9:49 am

    GREAT! PIIIIICCCTTTTUUURRREEESS!

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  17. 817

    The smoke sculpturing is really cool!

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  18. 868

    it nice

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  19. 919

    André Villeneuve

    May 21, 2009 6:32 am

    Je suis tres impressionné

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  20. 970

    it rocks& very cool pics i like it superb.

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  21. 1021

    fantastikkkkkkkkkkkkkkk! work

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  22. 1072

    Stephan Brauchli

    July 14, 2009 3:59 am

    Check out more of my mirrored smoke series here: http://photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=659818

    also have non-mirrored images here: http://photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=366380

    Cheers
    Stephan

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  23. 1123

    they need to get pictures of people ghosting cigarettes

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  24. 1174

    josh your stupid people cant do that it would hurt too bad. gosh

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  25. 1225

    All images have a very different and great look…all of them are looking very fantastic….Thanks for these Images

    Thanks alot………….Great job

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  26. 1276

    Great post as usual, very inspiring and talented photographers, can’t be easy capturing smoke that effectively!

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  27. 1327

    Idratherbeblown

    July 27, 2010 7:44 pm

    Those are some of the wildest picts smokin’ hot

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  28. 1378

    udaybhanu moharana

    December 13, 2011 2:55 am

    Photographs shown here are unique and class on its own way, outstanding. Creativity has no limitations particlualrly when tools and gadgets are available. Inspired by uniqueness of this kind of art, I have just beginning to experiment. I am working on to bring in more variety. In addition I would like to share that I also practise another form of abstract photography i.e. water drop or water splash photography. I have even developed a complete kit to facilitate this art form. Samples shots are also displayed in my websiite. It would be my pleasure to invite you to have a look at my website. Thanks.
    U. Moharana

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