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#1 M Joel W

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Posted 18 July 2007 - 10:17 PM

So on Barry Lyndon, Kubrick used three-wick candles to get an extra stop and a third out of his candles...my problem is that the candles in my shot are blowing out. Can you buy (make?) candles with a very thin wick to get a smaller (but more importantly dimmer) flame. Video here so not much highlight lattitude and I don't have enough light to expose over the candle's brightness.

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 18 July 2007 - 10:41 PM

Smaller wick just makes the flame tinier -- it will still burn out, just it will be a little flame burning, like a birthcake candleflame.
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Posted 18 July 2007 - 11:04 PM

Thanks for setting me straight on that one; I should have realized how that would work...

But maybe an alternate wick that burns cooler or another kind of wax? I burned rubbing alcohol (burns very cool) and I couldn't even get an exposure. In the end I'll probably just apply some sort of diffusion/star filter effect, blow out the backlight as well, and say it was an artistic choice, tho...

Anyhow, thanks as always for the reply. It's convenient that the most knowledgeable person on the forums is also the most helpful.
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