Inspired by the question, Is it practical to shoot portraits by only candlelight?, the theme of this contest is straight-forward: show us your best portraits that are lit only by candlelight.

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  • Voting closes on January 29, 2020 at 12:00 AM UTC. The winner will be chosen based on votes at that time

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    Theme: <one sentence description>

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Good luck!

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    \$\begingroup\$ Theme suggestion credit goes to @mattdm, who apparently has been waiting patiently 9 years for this competition theme! =) \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Jan 14, 2020 at 15:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ It’s effing depressing that this doesn’t have a single submission \$\endgroup\$
    – OnBreak.
    Jan 21, 2020 at 8:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ But not entirely surpising. The people I know who enjoy having their picture taken is nil and those who want it published a tiny fraction of that! Also there's a strong culture amongst enthusiasts that real photographers protect their "art" and their copyright. This makes the creative commons requirement at the least confusing and probably off putting. Personally, I'm heavily into a diy project at the minute and photography is low on the list. Dedicated sites are better suited to running competitions and as long as we have plenty of questions and answers here does that matter? \$\endgroup\$
    – dmkonlinux
    Jan 22, 2020 at 19:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ Please don't be offended, I hate sounding negative when someone is making a positive contribution. I appreciate your efforts to promote community here and a photography site without photos is kind of ironic. \$\endgroup\$
    – dmkonlinux
    Jan 22, 2020 at 20:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ @dmkonlinux No offense taken at all, believe me. I'm 98% on board with your comment; I just wanted to chime in on the attempt to attract interesting content. Now, whether it works or not, that's another beast altogether. Take care. =) \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Jan 22, 2020 at 21:56

1 Answer 1


Wielder of the Secret Fire

Nothing terribly exciting, I just felt like playing with my macro lens. Lit by 2 candles, one in frame, one out.

Wielder of the Secret Fire

Camera:   Nikon D700
Lens:     Nikkor 105mm 2.8 Macro
Aperture: f/16
Shutter:  1/5s
ISO:      1600

Shot in RAW, converted to B&W in Photoshop with a little dodging for good measure.


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