Steam


I have been working on steam portraits for several years, changing techniques, lighting angles, lenses and cameras.  What comes from that work is what you see here.  Every steam photo is high resolution (36 mega pixels) unless otherwise noted and are most impressive when printed HUGE.  Viewing on a computer screen or as a small print, they sometimes appear grainy but what is actually being seen are individual water droplets.  With the enlarged, printed photos, one can walk up and clearly make out thousands of droplets refracting the light that makes up the colors and rainbows in the images.
The majority of the steam photos here are shot at relatively high shutter speeds (~1/2000 second) in order to “freeze” the droplets in place.  A few images, however, were taken at much slower speeds(~1/80 second) to show the movement of the vapor.  These pictures appear furry and soft.
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