Hot Coffee  by fbailey

Hot Coffee

If you look very closely, you may manage to see steam rising from the surface of the coffee - yes, it is actual steam, not a Photoshop fake as I originally intended!

It was achieved with a hand held steamer in one hand, and the camera remote in the other, with a bedside light suspended nearby to throw extra light on the cup and its contents. I processed with Silver Efex because it highlighted the contrast more than Colour Efex. The biggest problem I had was trying to gauge the right amount of steam (plus where to position the steamer) and the right moment to press the remote. Very many of these attempts looked like the cup was coming out of a sauna, or its contents contained witches' brew rather than anything you would want to drink.

The tutorial I used was https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv9G11OFvCc if anyone fancies giving this a go:)
Well done. Thanks for sharing the info.
September 19th, 2020  
Nice, simple, still life image
September 19th, 2020  
Great shot. Well worth the effort. Did you get to drink it?
September 19th, 2020  
Good b
September 19th, 2020  
Amazing!
September 19th, 2020  
Excellent! You can really see the steam when viewed on black.
September 19th, 2020  
@wakelys No, it was stone cold by the time I'd finished playing around:)
September 19th, 2020  
bep
Great shot. Even better on black.
September 19th, 2020  
Witches' brew, whhahahaha.
This is great! Good experiment.
September 19th, 2020  
There it is... wait for it.... wait for it... Yes!
September 19th, 2020  
Love it
September 19th, 2020  
very nicely done felicity
September 20th, 2020  
Lovely shot!
September 20th, 2020  
Very nice on black!
September 20th, 2020  
Nicely done and the black background just enhances it! Fav
September 20th, 2020  
Great on black -- just the right hint of steam is clear.
September 20th, 2020  
Nice use of negative space
September 20th, 2020  
Yes, I see steam. You went to quite an effort.
September 20th, 2020  
Well done FB!
September 20th, 2020  
Well done! Thank you for sharing the video! I like it, but probably would go for the Photoshop option;)
September 20th, 2020  
Grand shot! Thanks for sharing the learning link
September 20th, 2020  
oh yes I see it!
September 20th, 2020  
I love the composition with all the negative space!
September 20th, 2020  
it's wonderful on black!
September 20th, 2020  
Wow! Sounds like quite the process but looks like it was worth it! Maybe I'll try this sometime.
September 20th, 2020  
Yes steam shows well viewed on black, I see it!
September 20th, 2020  
I can see steam.
September 20th, 2020  
That's fantastic. Wonderful capture.
September 20th, 2020  
Nicely captured
September 21st, 2020  
Cheers🥰!
September 21st, 2020  
Wonderful!
September 21st, 2020  
very nice composition
September 22nd, 2020  
Yes I see the steam, thanks for the link.
September 22nd, 2020  
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