Steaming Cup of Tea...

by Pino Pino October. 18, 2020 227 views

So these are just fun shots that I wanted to do... but then turned in to a story in my head... so photos first - story second...

I wanted to combine 'steam' photography with 'gobo' photography. I wanted to work on the balance of being able to see both and it all looking cohesive. Balancing multiple strobes is not a huge problem if you have a light meter - takes a little longer if you don't as you end up a lot of trial and error.

But I had my handy little light meter so the biggest challenge remaining was the steam itself... will it 'billow' - will it 'swirl' - will it just NOT steam???

Well, it did, it did, and it didn't... um... I mean it DIDN'T NOT steam... so... yeah - it steamed... ;)

I got several shots I liked but this particular shot (processed four different ways) instantly put a story in my head... a Halloween story... well, a Twilight Zone style story intro...

So here are the shots... Enjoy!

And here is the story... for those who want a little kickoff into Halloween... ;)

It was neither hot nor cold. There was not a star in the sky. Unusual for mid-summer, but Hank had no attention to give to the weather or the stars as he was busy searching the horizon finding not a single building or even a single power line in sight.

Hank glanced at his disabled car, tossed his jacket over his shoulder, straightened his hat, and started walking into the darkness.

As Meredith refilled his tea, Hank couldn’t help but feel he had forgotten something - something...

“Drink your tea, dear, before it gets cold.”

“Oh, yes... thank you. Now, what was I saying? Um... I’m sorry, what was your name again?”

“Meredith, dear. You just relax and enjoy your tea."

“You really needn’t make all this fuss. I feel so bad - here I am interrupting your evening.”

“Oh, it’s no bother at all, dear.”

“This is delicious tea... you will have to tell me what kind it is sot that... so I can... so... ... ... what was I saying, again?”

“Your tea, dear... it’s getting cold.”

“Yes, my tea. It is delicious, Meredith.”

“Yes, dear.”

“So, I was... I... I...”

“Yes, dear.”

Hank couldn’t help feel that he’d forgotten something... something... there was something.

“Hank, dear.”

“Yes, Meredith.”

“Finish your tea, dear. We really should get to bed... looks to be a big storm this evening so there will be snow to deal with in the morning.”

“Uh... yes... snow. Winter - a powerful winter we’re having this year.”

“Yes, dear. Now drink your tea and get some rest.”

“Yes, your tea is always exactly what I need - makes me feel like a new man.”

“Of course, dear... a new man.”

“Yes, love... you make me a new man.”

"Yes, dear."

"Meredith, I feel like I'm forgetting something."

"Finish your tea, dear."

"Mmm... delicious as always. Oh, yes - I noticed an abandoned car off the side of the road."

"Oh, gracious. Well, it can wait - what with this winter snow storm coming in. Finish your tea... every last drop - it helps you relax. I'll make sure that car gets taken care of."

"Mmm... delicious, as always.... makes me a new man. Okay, off to bed."

"Yes, dear."

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Jay Boggess 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I see many images i the steam clouds. Nice camera work!
Kool story!

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Pino Pino Replied to Jay Boggess 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks, Jay! smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Pino Pino 6 months, 3 weeks ago

My pleasure, Pino!
Nice work!

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Camellia Staab 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Very cool! And now the tune to Twilight Zone is stuck in my head grinning

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Pino Pino Replied to Camellia Staab 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Hahaha! smile

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Berckmans Peter 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Love the idea and your results

6 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Pino Pino Replied to Berckmans Peter 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you!

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