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Smoking Kills by sydnorn Smoking Kills by sydnorn
Don't get me wrong, I don't care if people smoke.. I don't though and this photo really was just because that idea jumped to my mind. No offense to anyone :)
Very long exposure (I think 15s), and for the "smoke" above the apple I used a string that I dangled with the light (flashlight). Hope that makes sense-in other words this is what I shot with my camera(no added effects).
In Lightroom I changed the; Exposure +0.3, Contrast -15, clarity +40

Why I called this "smoking kills"? It was a spontaneous idea. I envisioned the apple representing life/health (an apple a day keeps the doctor away :D), the knife kills-represents death, and the smoke-well it's the smoking part.


What do you think about it? Does it make sense?


Photo by me (Noah).
flickr: [link]
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firenzesixx Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very interesting idea!
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nightmareendz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Artist
cool
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Catandhearts Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
this is so epic!
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sydnorn Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
haha, thank you so much!
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oshutter Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
shadows, smoke and lightning they are all awesome !
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sydnorn Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!! :D
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Amy-Sun Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
nice idea! keep up the good work.
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sydnorn Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you! :)
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Amy-Sun Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you are very welcome! :aww:
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filleXpasXgrise Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I personally don't understand how the symbolism couldn't make sense . . .
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sydnorn Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
haha thanks. :D
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er111a Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student Photographer
Awesome and amazing concept!
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:iconsydnorn:
sydnorn Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!! :love:
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er111a Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student Photographer
Welcome! :D have you seen my artwork? :D
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photoninja333 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Student
AWESOME! How do you do the string thing?
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sydnorn Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I used a long exposure (kept the shutter open for 15s) and the light comes from a flashlight so I dangled a string right next to it. The result is that the string is blurry and looks a bit like smoke :la:
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photoninja333 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student
ohhh that's so cool!
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sydnorn Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D THANKS!!
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GrauWeiss Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
I would have never thought that the smoke was in fact just a string. It looks very realistic. Also, the photo is very sharp so I wouldn't have guessed the exposure time either, unless looking at the EXIF data.

The idea is good and certainly original. I'm not sure the apple was the best choice for suggesting life. I would have went for a tree and made it's trunk look like a cigar. But that would require photomanip and not just photography.

But I keep to my thoughts: The idea is good and suggestive. :D
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sydnorn Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes I was pretty happy the way it turned out. :)

Ah, that is such a good idea. Whoa. It would have been more like digital art then, but awesome (except I'd have had no idea how to go about it).

Thank you!
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GrauWeiss Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
you're welcome :D
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Bhavesh-P Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the concept and the way you have tried to represent the same.
Good Idea and definitely a good job
Keep it up :-)
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sydnorn Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :D
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JessicaDobbs Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
I think it's an ingenious representation of the fact that smoking does kill. I understand the symbolism behind each figure in the photo. Good job.
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sydnorn Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! I'm glad it made sense to you. :)
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Miz-Jynx Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what does an apple have to do with smoking? and why is the apple being stabbed? You could have burned it, or covered it with 'tar' or something :saddummy: sorry, it just doesn't make much sense to me.
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sydnorn Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You've got a good point ;p
What I had thought for it was that the apple represents a person, the knife represents the death and the smoke represents the smoking.
It was a spontaneous idea, heh guess it didn't really work out that great. :/
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