Candle meets Camera : Light painting

The following try at candle light drawing is the result of two things:
  •  New camera in the home! It's a Canon Powershot SX150IS. A bridge camera with some pretty good control over various factors.
  • More than 48 hours of power outage. An unsurprising situation when the efficiency of the electricity department is coupled with a state wide holiday.
My eyes got sore after much reading in the candle light and then there was nothing else to do in the unblinking darkness. So what if it's been only 3 days since I got hands on my first camera, it mostly never hurts to experiment!

And there was light. And art.

Initial tests: Heart at a shutter speed of 5 seconds. Nice enough, the ISO could be as low as 160.

The signature. Shutter speed goes to 10 seconds.

Moving onto less straightforward shapes is challenging. A number of limitations pop up:
  • Single handed effort - A self timed shot isn't quite helpful in the situation. Usually light painting requires help from atleast another person.
  • Time trial - The Canon SX150IS has a shutter speed limit of 15 seconds (slowest)
  • Candle isn't laser! - You get a lot of boiling wax showered on your hands as you draw, and if you move too fast the candle itself jumps out of it's weak bond with the candle stand.

Et's outline. Shutter speed still at 10 seconds.

And at a shutter speed of dazzling 15 seconds, Chloé !

As I said, this is a first try done mainly to kill time during powercut. Anyhow, looking forward to better ideas along the same line ^_^ :kitten


  1. Wow! Amazing! :)

    Btw, did you gain weight? :P Looks like you have! ;)

  2. @Enigma

    Yes there is some weight gain ;)
    Since this is my last month of sitting freely at home, I can eat a bit more liberally :D.
    All excess fat will be worked out as soon as I get out of home and get into work !

  3. I love doing them, though it's normally just stars I make! And I normally do it with a rainbow thing! Love the Chloe though! x

  4. gorgeous, and i fell flat. =D

    cheers dude!

  5. Awesomeness!!! You could try with a torch the next time in order to avoid wax burns on your hands...
    But the candle effect is awesome... Good stuff!

  6. OMG! Came to ogle at Chloe and saw this! Awesome! Super Cool! :tup

    :star :star :star