Two days before Christmas the electric power in my neighborhood was off for twenty one hours. The candles reminded me of an image I had made as a teenager using my father's Leica D (also known as the Leica II, manufacturered in 1932). I photographed the flame of a candle. While this may not be a remarkable subject, the equipment involved was. This happened forty years ago. The lens was a 90mm Elmar. The film was Panatomic X, rated at about 50, or as the Weston meter used, 40 Weston. The lens and extension tube were screwed into a U shaped cradle. The cradle held a metal tube with a groundglass on one side. Once the image was framed and focused, the tube was removed and the camera inserted. The setup worked remarkably well, although it was considered almost as primitive by 1964 standards as is would be today. The image remains one of my favorites even today. Modern equipment is certainly easier and quicker to use. However, I dould be hesitant to describe modern equipment as "better". After all, my present 4x5 gear works essentially the same as the old Leica closeup rig, and it seems to do all right. Enjoy the light.