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#1 Delorme Jean-Marie

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Posted 24 March 2006 - 04:48 AM

hi
To expose a moon shade on film ext/night on a field (only moon to motivate ligthning) :
assuming a sun shade can be around 2 or 3 stps under the key (for a realistic effect)
where to put the moon shade?
let's say i have a back light for the moon around 3 stops over , what can be a reasonable value for the mon shade to let me work on a tow head talking sequence?

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#2 Michael Nash

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 03:17 AM

3 stops over? That sounds awfully hot. More like exterior sunlight, not moonlight...

The unique thing about moonlight is how dim and low-contrast everything looks, if you're going for a "reasonable" or realistic look.

I prefer to keep moonlight actually UNDER key level, and then fill by eye. Rather than go for a specific contrast ratio, I learn the shadow response of the stock or video camera I'm using and fill to where that imager will render detail very dark, usually about 3 or more stops under.
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