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Burning bright.

By MissPJade

'Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light" Smile

Tags: Quote Photography Happy Light Photographer Close-up and macro Candle Relaxation Relaxed Candlelight Flicker

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pablophotographer 7 1.2k 348
24 Feb 2016 1:41PM
I am not convinced on the idea of taking a picture on the candle from this point of view. I can see the flame and the actual burning candle (or synthetic burning substance other than beeswax) and the rim of the containing glass. I can't see the glow it produces, the light, the hope it may bring (thinking metaphorically).
I would shoot level with the candle light height through the glass on a vertical frame to allow the glow to be seen. It's just my opinion of course.

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dudler Plus
15 861 1489 England
24 Feb 2016 3:02PM
Greetings, Poppy, and welcome to the Critique Gallery. You've been a site member for a while, so I'd guess that you posted here because you wanted some thoughts and options for this picture.

I don't entirely agree with Pablo, although he has a point - there's not a lot of the glow through the mass of the candle showing.

This would work better with more room at the bottom, and a few technical changes.

More room would let the glow show.

Otherwise, I'm going to use the 'T' word - tripod.

Your settings suggest you were hand-holding, and keeping the ISO down as far as possible to retain quality. This has meant that you've used a quite-wide aperture, and that's restricted depth of field.

I'm imagining this with both sides of the glass very sharp, as well as the wick, and that makes it into a colour-supplement perfect shot. So many calming thoughts and feelings with a scented candle.

I'm guessing that reshooting is easy (providing the candle didn't burn all night!), and I really encourage you to try this.

Also, either in shooting or in processing, make sure that the flame and the glass are completely square and vertical - there's a slight tilt to this - hard to spot in the viewfinder, but it stands out to the viewer. I'll do a mod (click the blue 'Modifications' button and the number to see it) straightening the shot.
dudler Plus
15 861 1489 England
24 Feb 2016 3:08PM
And in doing the mod, I noticed a couple more things.

Somehow, the glass doesn't look quite symmetrical: and I'm not sure why. It might, though, be to do with a second source of light, glinting off the top of the rim on the left. I may be wrong, but i reckon that you had a (quite dim) light on in the room, as well as the candle, and this has not helped you get the purity of line and content that i think you were looking for. If you reshoot, extinguish all the other lights in the room.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 577 England
25 Feb 2016 11:50AM
Welcome from me too.

There is a slight tilt on this, which i don't think was intended. Straightening it up as John has done does make it natural and more relaxing to view. Slightly off kilter looks uneasy. That's also an advantage of using a tripod, you can take your time and ensure the camera is level and it'll stay there. Alternatively, if you want to go offbeat, you can go for a well tilted angle, which could look good with other candles in the background!

The Auto white balance has given a magenta cast, which has been removed in the mod. This has given a purer yellow.
However, with such a subject there is a lot of personal preference, warmer tones being preferred by many. Rather than set Auto, try Tungsten or Artificial (the same thing but different camera makers use different names) and Daylight and compare the two. the first will be more neutral looking and the latter quite warm, so you may like something between the two. You can always adjust the colour later if necessary, more controllably if you shoot images in RAW rather than jpg.

A candle can conjure up many feelings, and as well as a shot filling the frame as you have here, consider using some negative space. Happiness in a sea of darkness, for example, taking something from your description. I'll try a couple of mods to give an idea.
paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2016 11:13AM
As above, but I think you need a bit more to add interest. Angle of view, extra elements, something to add to the image.


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