My daughter asked me the other day why I like candles so much and, after pondering for a minute, I told her how I used to fill my apartment with candles and leave the lights off. I used to collect candle holders I explained, and I put them everywhere. As I set her up with her first candle lit bubble bath, which of course included a favorite book, we talked about how warm the glow from candles are, how easy it is to stare into the flame and be enchanted, to drift away and be allowed to daydream. She stayed in the tub reading by candlelight (and a book light) for almost 2 hours relaxing; unheard of in our house! She loved it, smiled and told me she understood why I like candles.
In fact my love of candles started at the beginning of my photography schooling when we learned that the amount of light let into the lens was referred to as a foot candle. Upon further discussion it was explained that the reference to a foot candle was in fact exactly that; it was the actual measurement of light used to take a picture.
So now the experiments started. Photography was fun, I added playing with candle light in controlled environments and it was amazing! At one point I had 116 candles or foot candles lighting my place and the photos were very moody. I only lit that many candles once, I found it was too many for the style I had come to like. Using a few, well placed candles as my only light source, turned out very dramatic photographs which I was having fun with at the time.
When I changed my focus from photography to shooting film and video the candlelight playtime continued and I learned lighting from the very basic lighting techniques. Video needed lots of light back in the old days so it was back to using many candles to get the affect I wanted.
In the end it was fun to learn that light actually does increase with each candle added. It has a warm tone similar to that of an incandescent light rather than a florescent light; it's color is more orange than blue. The bonus with candlelight? It gives off heat as well.
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