Steaming Cuppa by grizzlysghost

Steaming Cuppa

"Fake Steam" has been on my bucket list for some time, so I finally decided to knock it out!

Here is a short video of how it was done:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdO2rdJN6wI

I used my 1965 Super Takumar 50mm lens at f/2 (with two ND4 filters stacked on) for 8 seconds (to get the steam effect, you have to do long exposure.)
I just wish the books were on volcanos or something. Nice job!
April 28th, 2013  
@darylo Haha, that would be awesome! But they are just on my kitchen counter... ;)
April 28th, 2013  
Cool...thanks for the share!
April 28th, 2013  
Sue
Thanks so much for sharing ... I was thinking about this the other day & hadn't worked it out yet. I hope you don't find if I 'borrow' occasionally. (;
April 28th, 2013  
turned out awesome
April 28th, 2013  
@redpants Haha, absolutely Sue; that's why I included the video! Besides, that's what this site is all about (at least for me); improving our skills! :)
@soren Thanks Jake, it was easier than I thought! I told Devin I want to get a shot of his fingers moving on the keyboard and do the fake steam over them next... he was thrilled... :)
April 28th, 2013  
Very realistic steam - good work. Hard to beat the real stuff, though, with its fancy curls. Great composition.
April 28th, 2013  
Vee
Wow! It looks so real!
April 28th, 2013  
Great job. Love the overall composition with the coffee percolator on the stove on the back. Also like the book choices. :)
April 28th, 2013  
Love this. Such a nice composition. - love the touch of the gas stove flame in the background.
April 28th, 2013  
Looks so real...great shot!
April 28th, 2013  
Very interesting shot. Like the blue of the flame as a little brightness in the photo.
April 28th, 2013  
Nicely done.
April 28th, 2013  
Ha! That is brilliant! Would never've guessed that the steam was generated by other means. :D
April 28th, 2013  
Awesome Aaron. How many shots did it take? Took me about 30 last year. Every time I'd get the light right, the cup cooled enough that the steam vanished like....well...steam.
Do notice the kettle back there though. Had to steam mine, then carry it down the basement for the set up. Lol.
Fav my friend. Great capture and technique.
April 28th, 2013  
You sneaky dog you. So cool, and it looks totally real.
April 28th, 2013  
@losthorizon Thanks Beau! Steam is pretty fickle and gone in an instant!
April 28th, 2013  
Worked very well! Good what the eye takes in and believes - the pot of coffee introducing the thought!
April 28th, 2013  
@grizzlysghost Hell yeah it is. Your way seems much easier. Less chance of being burned.
April 28th, 2013  
interesting.... tx for showing how this was done! i've tried to shoot real steam on a couple occasions with zero success... guess i might try the fake stuff next ;p
April 28th, 2013  
Nice set up and capture!
April 28th, 2013  
that worked out very well. What did you use for the steam?
April 28th, 2013  
That is sooo cool. Thanks for the video
April 28th, 2013  
AHA so THAT'S how people keep getting those great steaming shots! Must go watch the video now. Thanks for the tip!

Great photo, btw!! :)
April 28th, 2013  
What is the white stuff you used? Is it just string or something?
April 28th, 2013  
when I first saw the pic, I wanted to write that I always wanted to make a pic like this, but no success util now. and then I read the description. you cheater! hahaha but great cheater ;)))
April 28th, 2013  
Something else to try. Thanks for showing us how to do this. Now then where's my string?
April 28th, 2013  
Good timing...I noticed the steam coming from my cup of tea the other day and had a discussion with my husband as to how on earth I could photograph that effect! Will have to try this! I love how you have set the shot with the books, and the stove in the background!
April 28th, 2013  
Nicely composed.
April 28th, 2013  
great work
April 28th, 2013  
very awesome! love the homie feeling it gives!
April 28th, 2013  
can almost smell the coffee!
April 28th, 2013  
@webfoot @breigh I just used white sewing thread wrapped around the back of a chair about a dozen times, then tied off.
April 28th, 2013  
Wonderful composition...and I want to look inside that Ansel Adama book
April 28th, 2013  
Love the composition! Great photo!!!
April 28th, 2013  
wonderful composition! so cosy! :)
April 28th, 2013  
Perfect way to spend an afternoon.
April 29th, 2013  
That's amazing!
April 29th, 2013  
great capture
April 29th, 2013  
Totally awesome. A FAV ☺ Thanks for the video link. I will try this one day when I have some time... might be retired before I get that but I will try :)
April 29th, 2013  
You've ended up with absolutely perfect exposure. Wicked.
April 29th, 2013  
The fake steam is cool! Thanks for sharing! Very inviting composition, love it! I'd love to be there browsing those photo books!
April 29th, 2013  
Great, I'll remember that one.
April 29th, 2013  
fantastic mug
off to watch the video
April 29th, 2013  
ahaaa!!! Wish i saw this when i tried to get the steam coming off some soup awhile back. great job!
April 30th, 2013  
Love!FAV*)
April 30th, 2013  
Pretty wonderful. Fav.
May 1st, 2013  
Fantastic. Thanks for the video "how to". Never would have guessed how you accomplished that! Well done.
May 3rd, 2013  
tremendous. loved the video . I would never , never have guessed.
January 19th, 2014  
@june Thanks June! I like to readdress old tricks so people can learn ways of getting results without photoshop :)
January 19th, 2014  
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