Shooting Challenge: By Candlelight

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Anyone can take a picture with plenty of sun around. But capturing extreme lighting conditions takes discipline. So for this week's Shooting Challenge, you can shoot whatever you want, but you only get a single candle to light it.


The Challenge

Capture a photo in complete darkness, save for the light of one candle.

The Method

Candles are a light source unlike any other, with an organic softness that has no equal. But working with them is by no means easy. You'll find some practical tips here.


The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos need to be taken the week of the contest. (No portfolio linking or it spoils the "challenge" part.)
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings and technique used to snag the shot.
4. Email submissions to
5. Include 800px wide image AND 2560x1600 sized in email. (The 800px image is the one judged, so feel free to crop/alter the image for wallpaper-sized dimensions.)

Send your best entries by Sunday, March 7th at 11PM Eastern to with "By Candlelight" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs or GIFs, and use a FirstnameLastnameCANDLE.jpg (800px) and FirstnameLastnameCANDLEWALLPAPER.jpg (2560px) naming conventions. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email.

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[Lead photo by Tahmid Munaz]

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I hope this contest just doesn't go to the guy with the highest ISO.