Candle flames are not easy to capture. I have found that if you shoot them in daylight that you will be able to capture more detail in the flame. It is the same principle as shooting the moon. If you shoot the moon in the dark you are likely to get a white dot on your image. If you shoot the moon at twilight or dawn when there is just a little lite other than the moon –you will be more likely to get details of the surface of the moon. I shot both of these in daylight. The flame I shot with 100 watt daylight flood lights shinning on it. I underexposed the image to get the light and the background dark. A fast shutter speed.
Day 6/365 I love the color of the flame and was thrilled to capture it. Again, shot in daylight with two 100watt daylight (5000K) flood lights lighting it. EXIF data: 1/2500 f/4.5 105mm (macro lens) ISO 200.
I took my UV filter off (and I am leaving it off) to prevent lens flare ( double images)
Give it a try–play around with light–see show the flame photographs in the dark and with light. I am going to try photographing smoke some time soon.
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