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Smoke Photography and Smoke Art

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 Link

Magicnikon1 Link

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

Smoke Art

Hughes Léglise-Bataille2 Link

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Selva Morales3 Link

Smoke Art

Ibai Acevedo Larrañaga4 Link

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Alberich Mathews5 Link

Wonderful fantasy image.

smoke art

italian.meatball6 Link

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Frances Dre7 Link

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icewomanfirst8 Link

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moczkos9 Link

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Corica10 Link

No HDR in use.

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Wolfgang Schlegl11 Link

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olvwu12 Link

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Greg Cope13 Link

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brents pix14 Link

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Howya15 Link

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cubanito16 Link

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ubierno17 Link

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lapebo18 Link

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Mohammad Moniruzzaman19 Link

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Stephan Bollinger20 Link

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Lumendipity5221 Link

Smoke Art and Smoke Photography

Alfredo M. Montesdeoca22 Link

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Terry McCormick23 Link

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Kalamakia24 Link

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G. Chorus25 Link

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Alicia en Sheffield26 Link

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Stuck in Customs27 Link

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e20ci28 Link

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Tony Hopkinson29 Link

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The smoke that’s produced in explosive interaction with electricity:30 Link

[darrel=”nofollow” kroastedblend.com/2008/08/sublime-sensual-smoke-art.html”>via31 Link

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Mehmet Ozgur32 Link

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Josh Beeman33 Link

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puma10034 Link

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Lamont Hardy35 Link

Experiment with a lightbulb’s filament.

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Dubi Feiner36 Link

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25 × Smoke Art Link

Eddie Mayda37 Link

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!”

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Jay PH38 Link

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Will Cook39 Link

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Steve Wampler40 Link

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dxsibo41 Link

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Mehmet Ozgur5142 Link

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

woman

J.Auchinleck43 Link

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

smoke sculpture

Ceekybikerboy44 Link

Blue waves of smoke.

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Paul C Anderson45 Link

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Larry Grace46 Link

Beautifully symmetrical smoke photograph.

smoke art

Sdx7647 Link

smoke art

Per Zangenberg48 Link

This natural smoke wisp looks like a torso.

smoke art

CowGummy49 Link

smoke art

Greypaw50 Link

smoke art

Mehmet Ozgur5142 Link

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Lumendipity5221 Link

Smoke Art and Smoke Photography
Smoke Art and Smoke Photography

Resources Link

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/8567550@N02/2379315504/in/pool-49806738@N00
  2. 2 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hughes_leglise/
  3. 3 http://www.flickr.com/photos/selva/
  4. 4 http://www.flickr.com/photos/miabuelanoloentiende/
  5. 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/alberich/596953390/in/pool-smokeart
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tacksharp/2158944445/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/56583351@N00/194727791/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/icewoman/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7959482@N02/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/corica/1319102546/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/schlegl/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/olvwu/99549727/
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/copeg/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/brentspix/2436021731/in/set-72157604085829375/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/howya/
  16. 16 http://club-sonus.sony.de/gallery/showImageDetails.htm?galleryItem=4500
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ubierno/2078921190/
  18. 18 http://club-sonus.sony.de/gallery/showImageDetails.htm?galleryItem=7359&pageContext=category&subCategory=153&pageNumber=10
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bacillus/
  20. 20 http://www.swissphoto.com.au/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lumendipity/sets/72157600005114373/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/almarmon1/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zormsk/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalamakia/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/12382390@N02/2533087733/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotosdealicia/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/387019269/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cocoabeachjoe/1300892840/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony-hopkinson/1443143486/
  30. 30 http://www.pbase.com/daria90/electricity
  31. 31
  32. 32 http://photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=493133
  33. 33 http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshbeeman/
  34. 34 http://puma100.photosight.ru/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lamonthardy/493188200/in/pool-artsmoke
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/37216937@N00/119896207/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eamayda/sets/72057594053163489/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/69826402@N00/2347786849/in/set-72157604037349522/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wcreations46/2250352373/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgw/sets/72157603804672682/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dxsibo/2538121815/
  42. 42 #
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/j-auchinleck/2251322041/in/pool-fleetingbeauty-smoke
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/79196467@N00/437864697/in/set-72157600032993504/
  45. 45 http://www.pbase.com/paulca/image/54412250
  46. 46 http://www.pbase.com/larrygrace/image/90990158
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdx76/532194268/sizes/o/
  48. 48 http://www.zangenberg.net/foto/index.php?id=846&page=1
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cowgummy/2168430837/in/set-72157594342830830/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/robc_coops/2192478779/in/pool-413725@N24
  51. 51 #
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lumendipity/sets/72157600005114373/
  53. 53 http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/photography/articles/1492.aspx
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/groups/smokeart/
  55. 55 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv39UmuiYNA
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wcreations46/sets/72157603558773100/
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/groups/artsmoke/pool/
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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.

  1. 1

    wow! the waterfall thingy is like so so cool…………
    amazing!

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    Stargazer95050

    October 5, 2008 9:50 pm

    Before you go AND STEAL PHOTOS, ask the photographer if you can use them.
    Linking to flickr is acceptable — making illegal copies of photos and storing them on your server IS ILLEGAL !!

    flickr’s TOS are pretty clear and easy to follow and I’m just asking you (and others) to stick with those TOS.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    October 5, 2008 2:36 pm

    Please respect Smashing Magazine and our Smashing community. If you comment on the post, post your ideas, remarks or suggestions. All comments with “first”, “second”, “third” etc. will be marked as spam and removed.

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  4. 4

    Wow, this is an amazing collection of photographs.
    I particularly like Alberich Mathews’ fantasy style photograph, Terry McCormick’s powerful shot of the train, and ubierno’s photographs.

    ubierno’s in particular have a style that creates a really powerful image!

    Congrats to all the photographers for getting these amazing shots!

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  5. 5

    Amazing. The smoke women are incredible.

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  6. 6

    Cool, some really nice collection of photographs.
    I like the smoke effect in images. It looks very neat and smooth. I wish I could do something like that by myself.

    Thanks smashing for lots of references for good quality images. I might use few in my next projects if they are fee for uses.

    Keep some of these coming once in a while. :)

    Roshan
    http://www.instantshift.com

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  7. 7

    I am stunned with their creative skills!

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  8. 8

    Some awesome smoke photos in there… there also some shots that obviously arent smoke too… like water…

    Good post anyway

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  9. 9

    Very beautiful effect

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  10. 10

    Very cool. I always enjoy the photography collections.

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  11. 11

    Finally some good old smashing stuff :)

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    James Springer

    October 5, 2008 7:06 pm

    Man, great set. I just got done watching a marathon of Planet Earth (Discovery mini series). I was in the perfect mood to appreciate these. Thanks!

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  13. 13

    That’s awesome.. Really liked Mehmet Ozgur’s work !!! :D

    Manish
    http://www.dtptutorials.com

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  14. 14

    remarkable!

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  15. 15

    @ Stargazer

    Wow, caps lock is cruise control for cool!

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  16. 16

    There are some really nice photos here! I’ve always loved fire and smoke based photography, so this is a very nice collection. Some great selections featured here for sure!

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  17. 17

    Wow a great selection. I think Mehmet Ozgur’s photo is the best one. But you forgot my photo ;)

    Thanks for this article! I really enjoy photo collections like this one.

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  18. 18

    Ibai Acevedo Larrañaga the best! awesome… really fantastikkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!

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    Muhammad Shahid Akram

    October 5, 2008 11:06 pm

    Well itz amazing, all people done superb job, both photographers and designer, but some things are totally amazing like Paul C Anderson, Per Zangenberg, Stephan Bollinger but all done amazingly

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  20. 20

    Many of these pictures are of water vapour rather than smoke, but they are nice nonetheless.

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