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Foot Candles

Updated on March 24, 2012
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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.

Now I love my candles for the look and glow they give off and am glad my girl is loving candles too. Simple and back to basics, I'd love to raise bees and make my own candles one day!


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      Rachel 5 years ago

      I love candles also and collected all kinds of candle holders in the past. The light gives off a warm cozy glow and softens the mood. The glow makes a person thoughtful and pensive, if you know what I mean.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @ Rachel; well I love being thoughtful and pensive; thanks for contributing your thoughts, I love the glow too.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I too am a candle freak! There is nothing more relaxing is a bubble bath by candle light. Not only is candle light romantic, it is relaxing, even if you are alone. It also saves on electric bills...lol

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @Cardisa; I used to light my apartment entirely by candle light and looking forward to doing it again someday, yes a candle freak is a good way of describing me too! thanks for dropping by!

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      My girlfriend teases me because I like candles probably more than she does. I use them when I meditate, for their scent, glow, and symbolic representation. Voted up and interesting.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @dmop: nice, for meditation and symbolic representation are important traditions that have been carried on forever, thanks for sharing that, and taking time to read.

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