Powercut!!!

So, yesterday evening we had a power-cut... I was bored, not feeling well (from my cold)... and then my torch stopped working. So I lit some candles... then spied my camera!!! And it was good bye to boredom!

Hahaha... Well, this is the result! I tried plenty of different things, but liked this one best!

One question I would like to ask: Can anyone please tell me what white balance to use for a photo like this (low-key)? I eventually settled on the same one I use when it's cloudy.... but not sure whether that was the best or not!
Wonderful low key shot! I am just starting to try some low key photography myself but I am no master at WB, I just experiment with multiple WB settings and choose the one I like the best.
posted November 3rd, 2012  
Nice low-key - the candle was a good idea! For WB in low-key I would just use auto - it's generally quite good.
posted November 3rd, 2012  
Very nice low key shot. I like using cloudy or iridescent (tungsten) but it is often best just to play around and find what you like best!
posted November 3rd, 2012  
Awesome shot, Lovely Low key!! :)
posted November 3rd, 2012  
Really cool shot
posted November 3rd, 2012  
@soboy5 Thanks Danny! It's fun learning new tricks to photography, like low-key and high-key!!! Experimenting with settings is probably one of the best ways to learn!!!

@victorypuzzle Thanks Dominique... I forgot about auto... otherwise I would probably of used that!

@salza Thanks Sally! Cool... I'll try remember those settings! I did use the cloudy one for this!

@todimf Thanks Cecilia!

@godders Thanks Paul!
posted November 3rd, 2012  
What a great low key shot. Very beautiful!
posted November 3rd, 2012  
A wonderful capture Therese.
posted November 3rd, 2012  
VERY nice! Love the composition. I found myself searching the photo, trying to see what else was there...'ah, there's her hand, and now I see a bit of her other eye.'
Interesting to discover how much more was visible than what I noticed at first glance.
Fav
posted November 3rd, 2012  
Gorgeous moody shot.
posted November 3rd, 2012  
Wonderful shot. I think that I would like it better if the candle was a little more to the left but I don't think it would help that much because this is great. I love shots where the subjects are not smiling. This shot leaves me wondering what you are thinking about. Very nice.
posted November 4th, 2012  
I take what I said about the candle back. I think that you should crop it as a portrait and not landscape. The positioning of the candle is fine otherwise.
posted November 4th, 2012  
You should seriously consider framing this and hanging it out.
posted November 4th, 2012  
The catch-light in your eyes is wonderful. It makes the photo much more alive.
posted November 4th, 2012  
Well done Therese! I love it. One learns so much from these comments - shows how little i know about photography & how adventurous & successful you are!
posted November 4th, 2012  
I agree with John, the lack of smile makes the shot, the candle does the job well.
posted November 4th, 2012  
Love this shot! The lighting is awesome.
posted November 4th, 2012  
Gorgeous shot Therese! In situations like this I think you have to experiment. I always shoot in RAW so it doesn't matter so much if I get it wrong. The first thing you do when you open a RAW file is to adjust the white balance if necessary. One slider is all it takes and RAW files are so big that it is a non-destructive change. Don't know if your camera gives you that option? If not start saving up! For a photographer such as yourself with a natural eye and so much creativity I think it is well worth it.
posted November 4th, 2012  
Lovely just lovely. I agree with the others about the non smile. I don't think every portrait should be a smile. This one lends a air of mystery,,,,,,,,,
posted November 4th, 2012  
@aplace Thanks very much Anna!

@tonygig Thank you Tony!!!

@pasadenarose Thanks so very much, and for the fav too!!!

@janets Thanks Janet!!!

@jwlynn64 Thanks John, and thanks for the fav!!! Not a bad idea... I think I will check out how well it works as a portrait shot!!! Thanks! Haha... I cannot see myself framing a photo of myself in a hurry, but I do think I'll get it printed for an album! ;-)

@rvwalker Thanks Ross!

@clickclick Thanks very much Denise! I love experimenting... and seeing what I can actually do with my camera!

@ssimon Thanks very much Stephen!!!

@ladyjane Thanks so much Jane!

@yrhenwr Thanks so much David!!! Unfortunately my camera doesn't shoot in raw. I have a simple bridge camera, not DSLR... I'd love one of those, but as you say... I'm going to have to save up for that... (here in South Africa DSLR are very expensive... not sure why.) But I will get there one day.... Till then I'm just going to do the best I can with what I've got, and not let it put me off trying!!! Thanks again! :-)

@janiskay Thanks very much Janice... I agree, one cannot just smile for every photo... you need your expression to match the mood you are trying to capture!!! Thanks!
posted November 4th, 2012  
Terrific low-key! And a winner of an idea of what to do during a power outage.
posted November 4th, 2012  
Great shot!
posted November 5th, 2012  
@jbrojas Thanks Jennie! It sure saved me a good deal of frustration!!! ;-)

@arina Thanks Arina!
posted November 5th, 2012  
Super capture!
posted November 6th, 2012  
@rhos Thanks so much Ann!
posted November 6th, 2012  
Really cool shot - I shall now look forward to following you back!
posted November 7th, 2012  
@trixiehiscock Thanks Trixie!!! And thanks for the follow too!
posted November 7th, 2012  
Lin
Just amzing to see such talent and creativity. This is a wonderful wonderful portrait! As John Lynn said, Frame it! And keep asking these questions, because it gives us all an opportunity to learn!
posted November 8th, 2012  
@okavangohippo Thanks very much... and I'll continue asking questions, as they come to my mind... because I also am eager to learn! :-)
posted November 8th, 2012  
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