Photographer Caleb Charland is an artist who perpetually thinks outside the box for his photo concepts. In the past we’ve featured experiments that include a 14-hour exposure of a lightbulb powered by an orange and using scientific principles for creative images.
Charland’s latest project continues this outside-the-box trend. The yet-to-be-named series features abstract images created without a camera — the artist simply used photo paper and a candle.
Photographer Grover Schrayer captured this amazing photograph of a rainbow in candle smoke.
I shot it with my Fuji Finepix S8100fd, with a Raynox M-250 macro lens attached. I shot at 1/1000th or higher, using the camera’s built-in flash. The built -in flash gave me head-on illumination of the smoke, and that head-on lighting allowed me to pick up the refraction through the droplets of wax. Any other angle of illumination would not produce the rainbow effect. The hardest part was getting the camera to focus on just the right part of the smoke. I focused on the wick, or the edge of the flame, had the shutter button half-pressed and ready, and blew out the candle and snapped very quickly. Most of the time the results were less than spectacular, but when the smoke and the timing cooperated, I got shots like this…
Here’s another shot using the same technique.
Image credit: Rainbow Fringe… by Grover Schrayer and used with permission
If you ever find yourself with some unwanted negatives on your hands, you can upcycle them into creative film candle holders! All you need is a glass candle holder and some way to fix your negatives to it.
Make a Film Candle Holder in 3 Steps [Photojojo]
If you thought the Polaroid beeswax candle we shared yesterday was cool, check out this candle designed to look like the FED 3 Soviet rangefinder camera (on right, with actual camera on left). Each one is handmade and costs $39 + $18 shipping on eBay — pretty expensive for a candle, but who would buy one of these just to use as a candle?
Thanks for the link USSRPhoto!
Image credit: A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian (FED 3 type B) by Arty Smokes (deaf mute)
twine, the same store that sells the ceramic cameras we featured last week, sells these neat Polaroid-shaped beeswax candles. They give off a subtle honey scent, last for approximately 40 hours, and cost $38 a pop from the twine website.