It took German photographer Thomas Herbrich more than a hundred thousand tries to capture a few awesome smoke images. The fleeting nature of smoke made difficult for him to capture the images he wanted using conventional techniques and equipment. It wasn’t until he switched to using high-speed cameras that he finally started getting images that were of any use. Nevertheless, it took him around three months to get the twenty images he wanted. He said: “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.”
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