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#1 Moritz Reinhart

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Posted 20 September 2018 - 07:39 AM

I am preparing to shoot a ballet scene and of course Black Swan is the main reference. 

 

I have a question about the following still. There is one source behind her that creates the big visible beam and I think also backlights her. 

 

Then there seems to be another source coming from camera right (based on the long neck shadow it creates) and it also seems like a pretty hard source. What kind of source do you think this is and where do you think it is placed exactly ? And why isn't the beam visible (like the one in the background)?

 

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Edited by Moritz Reinhart, 20 September 2018 - 07:41 AM.

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Posted 20 September 2018 - 07:41 AM

here is the still

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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 20 September 2018 - 08:16 AM

Smoke becomes more visible when the light is coming from a backlit angle,  and it is more visible the brighter the light is -- so the 3/4 frontal key would light up the smoke less visibly because it is dimmer and not from a backlit angle.


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#4 Brian Doran

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 10:33 AM

I found a neat, short explanation of why the angle of light matters in illuminating smoke/vapors. The website seems to be about some sort of rendering software, but this page has a brief explanation of scattering anisotropy. 

 

https://help.jawset....er/illumination


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