What started as technology made to replace cigarettes for those trying to quit, or those who would like to smoke indoors, has become an industry in itself. Hobbyist, or "Vapers", will spend hundreds of dollars on various modifications to improve their device, usually in the attempt to get more "cloud", or vapor (though starter kits are as purchased for as low as $15).
Vape shops are springing up everywhere, and are the easiest ways to find custom parts, new exotic flavored juices, or a starter kits. Many of these shops are set up like modern bars; you sit up at a counter, and the attendant brings you a menu of flavors. You can choose from the menu, and have samples brought to you before you decide what you want to buy. They also do repairs and maintenance on your vaporizer (if you need it), as you wait.
If the vape shops are the bars, the e-juice manufacturers are the micro breweries. Hundreds of flavors made in batch quantities and sold in small, gem like, glass bottles. Flavors vary from ordinary flavors like tobacco and peppermint, to truly exotic flavors like custard, taro, strawberry shortcake, and coffee Carmel blends. You can purchases these juices with varying amount of nicotine, measured in milligrams. Most common are 18 (very high) 12 (high), 6 (low), and Zero (Yes, zero. Just for the flavor).
The vapor made from these units really can be quite beautiful. They billow out, thick and rounded, like clouds - then disperse through the room as long tendrils of smoke. Its especially beautiful when light comes through a crack in the blinds, and illuminates the cloud of vapor - lending the smokey texture to the sunbeam. I wanted to capture some of these textures and shapes in this photo shoot.
I blew vapor right over my SB800 flash unit that was being fired remotely by my Nikon D300. I also had my D300 on a remote, so I could fire away while blowing vapor from the side. To allow a quicker recharge time for the flash unit, I had it attached to a quantum battery. For my lens, I was using my 105 Nikkor Macro lens, to allow for close focusing. Many of my photographs varied in settings, but I eventually was dialed into ISO 200, f/36, at 1/400 sec. The high f-stop was to cut out any ambient light coming off the back drop, and to help with getting more vapor in focus - which was my biggest problem. Check out my facebook to see a short video showing my set up, click the facebook link below, or try this URL www.facebook.com/andrewmarrphotography
Until next time!