My idea was to create a traditional autumn still life in “northern renaissance” style. Here is the process:
1. I put objects together that are in yellow/brownish "autumn" colours and have some “old” texture (BTW, my "studio" was built for about $20 using basic supply from the nearest hardware store and objects were acquired for a buck or two at local yard sales). Then, with camera on the tripod, I composed the frame.
2. When the sun was down I lit up the candle and took the first shot in RAW, at ISO 200, f/8 and 9 seconds (which was -2/3 expo correction). The candlelight was blown, but the rest was OK
3. Converted in ACR to keep details in midtones/shadows
5. Converted in ACR just to keep details in candlelight only