A Shot of Love
With Valentines day around the corner the stores are filled with all sorts of lubby dubby nic-nacs and candies, leaving all sorts of room for creativity. I decided to keep experimenting with the ol 50 prime and my custom heart shaped bokeh cover. The results were actually really pleasing, and different then I had first imagined. I started with a sheet of black poster board 10 tea light candles and three heart chocolates. Originally I had the light from the candles illuminating the chocolates, and it quickly evolved from there.
It was a race against the quick burning candles as I had all these sporadic ideas for lighting. First I ran upstairs to get some maglite flashlights to spot light the candies, which actually gave a nice dramatic effect, but was still a bit dark for what I was looking for. So I then ran and got a desk lamp to throw a wider area of light over the candies, which evolved into making a quick light snoot out of post-it notes in the shape of a heart to get this nice heart shaped spotlight effect. The bokeh cover gave me a much different look then I had originally planned but I like the way it turned out. Instead of turning the candle lights into hearts it added the multi color heart glares to the front of the scene, mimicking the double heart design of the candies themselves. The poster paper added a nice texture giving it almost a nice granite countertop look, adding an extra bit of elegant ambiance to this romantic scene.
I took some shots of a bit of the setup after it was through, and may start a behind the scenes section to give you guys a bit of a look at how I set up my shoots. Let me know if thats something you would be interested in seeing.
Ill leave you with this. A candle loses nothing when lighting another candle, yet the beam from the two produces an exciting new illumination. The same is true that hearts feel no loss when spreading love unto another, and together our love can light even the darkest parts of the world.