It took 100,000 photographs and three months for photographer Thomas Herbrich to capture these serial images of cigarette smoke. “I was very surprised by how extremely quickly smoke move,” Herbrich told PetaPixel. “The rising of cigarette-smoke is actually so quick that conventional flash equipment is too slow, as is the photographer – only a few milliseconds pass between recognition of the subject and the taking of the shot, a length of time in which the smoke has already changed again.”

Herbrich used a flash duration of around 1/10000 seconds to create thousands of images before finally picking the best.

See more of Herbrich's work on his website here