Photo Friday: Candlelight

I was supposed to participate in a black belt promotion ceremony called a kamiza at the Academy of Okinawan Karate tonight, but the combination of winter weather and a sick child conspired against me. Not only did I miss out on what would have been a great event but I missed out on a great Photo Friday opportunity.

I decided to mimic that opportunity tonight. The kamiza is held by candlelight, and every karateka in the ceremony carries in their own candle. I had my candle at home, so I lit it up and started playing with the camera.

In the dojo, or in the living room?

In the dojo, or in the living room?

Something I learned from this pic is I need a remote. I kind of like the pic, but the focus could really be better, especially since I used a low aperture resulting in a very narrow depth of field. I may retake this one when I get a remote, and play with the exposure to capture the flame.

Bonus pic:

I like the halo around the flame

I like the halo around the flame

While I was playing with the camera and the distance, I caught this picture. I did a quick crop, otherwise it’s straight off the camera.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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