I’m enjoying the way AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker uses smoke in today’s Photo of the Day. Adam captured this great shot in what appears to be Toulouse, France. I love the way the elegant building rises from the evaporating mist in the foreground. Meanwhile the children in the foreground lend a bit of levity. If you look closely you can even see their legs reflected in the water below.
Why do they always insist on using smoke machines in movies? Perhaps it’s because there’s something inherently “cinematic” about the way smoke plays tricks on your eyes. I find that smoke has a way of softening the edges, shrouding objects in a sense of suspense and mystery. In other words, it’s perfect for creating a scene ripe with mystery and intrigue.