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Enlighten - part 3

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 13 March 2014 in Architecture and Portfolio.

A 'Fire Garden' with hundreds of candles transforming the forecourt of the High Court building. A very primeval attraction and one of the best I have seen at this festival.

To get the shot I selected ‘candlelight’ from the scene modes on my DSLR. This scene mode is perfect for capturing the warm glow of the flames. In manual or aperture settings, I find that the flames can take on more of a white than yellow look, giving a coldness to the image. (Alternatively, set manual white balance; and you can also fine tune warmth in RAW file.)

I also got the shot hand-held which allows more flexibility than is possible using a tripod in a crowded space.

NIKON D5000 1/25 second F/2.8 ISO 1600 28 mm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is gorgeous!

13 Mar 2014 6:18am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Beautifully composed, I love the contrast between the flames and then the building, the addition of the young lady stood there is a real bonus Stephen

13 Mar 2014 7:35am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

You had me checking the Nikon site to see it you were kidding . . well I''ll be, 'Candlelight' is for real. What's more, it works !

13 Mar 2014 7:40am

@Ronnie 2¢: Sure does work - just ask Arlo!

Jackie from France


13 Mar 2014 9:06am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

This is superb and quite an experience, I think primeval is the right word choice. There is always something about man and fire that awakens a stir. Great image.

13 Mar 2014 9:12am

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Magnifique composition.
lumière superbe.)

13 Mar 2014 9:49am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful composition, lighting & reflections!
A M A Z I N G !!!!!!

13 Mar 2014 10:56am

Captain Guildive Ajoupa from Saint Nazaire Loire Atlantique, France

Une ambiance particulière due à toutes ces bougies.Belle composition.

13 Mar 2014 11:54am

my-ky from Ontario, Canada

This is fantastic, Stephen!! And thanks for the info on the settings too :)

13 Mar 2014 1:02pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful warm light here Stephen! A truly memorable shot! Bravo! ;-)

13 Mar 2014 1:15pm

Devi from Chennai, India

What an incredible image !! Fantastic glow of the candles and their reflected glow on the polished floor....I simply love this!!

13 Mar 2014 1:34pm

Marie-France from Angers, France

c'est superbe ! splendides toutes ces lumières... belle journée !

13 Mar 2014 4:26pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A beautiful view.. must have been great to see this in real ! Great shot !

13 Mar 2014 5:22pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image. Wonderful warm lights. Excellent composition. Yes, one of the best ... :)

13 Mar 2014 5:49pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Toutes ces bougies de l'espoir quelle compo et iamge sueprbe.
Belle soirée

13 Mar 2014 6:14pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A beautiful capture which evokes a lot of solemnity here! Great selection for scene mode as this does bring out a lot of warmth. Thanks for the tip!

13 Mar 2014 6:27pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

You have captured this beautifully - love the feeling of warmth - very cozy and inviting

13 Mar 2014 6:29pm

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

A beautiful night shot. I love the golden tones

13 Mar 2014 10:56pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

such a gorgeous shot and beautiful warmth coming right out of it too!

14 Mar 2014 2:20am

Basile Pesso from Barcelona, Spain

I love that. Superb golden mood of this multitude of candles and very good composition. Excellent explanations too !

14 Mar 2014 6:49am

L'angevine from Angers, France

beau cercle de lumière

14 Mar 2014 8:37am

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great mood in this night scene; love the warm glow from the lights!

14 Mar 2014 11:59pm

1/25 second
ISO 1600
28 mm