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
Dry ice was put in the bottle to get this great image.
Wonderful fantasy image.
No HDR in use.
Experiment with a lightbulb’s filament.
25 × Smoke Art
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!”
Stunning image of smoke shaped in Photoshop to resemble a woman. This technique is often referred to as “smoke sculpture.”
Great image made by layering pictures of smoke and mirroring them to make it symmetrical.
Blue waves of smoke.
Beautifully symmetrical smoke photograph.
This natural smoke wisp looks like a torso.
- Smoke photography interview
Interview with a smoke photographer.
- Smoke art
- Smoke photography video
Video tutorial on smoke photography.
- Smoke Trail Art
- Artsmoke Flickr Pool
- Sensitive Light: Coloured Smoke
Pictures of ordinary smoke that have been coloured on the computer. The smoke comes from burning incense sticks and was photographed in a studio using an off camera flash.