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#1 Jose Fonseca

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 05:07 PM

I am currently working on a music video and need to match the color of the street light. I was curious if anyone can direct me to the gel I will need to purchase.

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#2 Frank Barrera

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 05:49 PM

It looks like a typical sodium vapor color. Lee #162 Bastard Amber and 1/4 plus Green on a tungsten unit will get you in the ballpark.

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#3 Jose Fonseca

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 12:50 PM

Thanks Frank for your fast responce. I will look into those gels. I checked the sample gels rosco sends last night and the gels you suggested look really close to the color. Thanks again.
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#4 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 07:14 PM

A full to 1/2 CT Straw might work as well. It's similar to a CTO, only more yellow and close to your target color.

As always, test test test

good luck!
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#5 Kenny N Suleimanagich

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 03:41 AM

if you dont want to buy a roll of obscure gel just for that look, i've used to 1/2 CTO and 1/4 +G
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#6 Matt Sandstrom

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 02:09 PM

i've always simply used full cts. simply because i always have it and it always looked good. i never tried to match light though, just simulate.

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#7 Jose Fonseca

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 04:17 PM

Wow this is awesome. I love the feed back I will have to do a test run of these mixture of gels. I have another question and probably a loaded one. If I want to shed light on the people in the scene without changing the over all feel of the scene. What lights would best work? HMI, tungsten and what power 1k 2k or more?

I would love to hear your suggestion.
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Edited by Jose Fonseca, 06 November 2006 - 04:20 PM.

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#8 Frank Barrera

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 08:03 PM

generally speaking that "sodium vapor look" is much closer to 3200K so Tungsten units are ideal. the wattage is dependent upon how far away you can or wish to place the unit. typically a 2K about thirty feet up (street light height) will do you well with a 500 ASA rating once you slap on your gel package which may or may not include a little diffusion. or no diffusion if you are using a fresnel. putting it on a Variac may help final adjustments and the ensuing color temp shift may be appealing.

if you decide to go HMI then you would start by adding full CTO just to get you closer to the color temp of the street lights. then you start asking yourself,"why am i using an HMI?"

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#9 Michael Gioulakis

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Posted 11 November 2006 - 03:38 AM

I am currently working on a music video and need to match the color of the street light. I was curious if anyone can direct me to the gel I will need to purchase.


Super White Flame made by LEE (number..?) is a great match for Sodium Vapor. Although it does knock your fixtures down by about 1 1/2 - 2 stops.

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#10 Jose Fonseca

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 03:46 PM

Thanks everyone,

I am doing the video shoot this weekend. I will share my results when I am done. Once again the community comes to the rescue. Thanks to all that gave me input.


Here is the equiptment I am bring along on the shoot.

Arri kit:
2 1k lights with Chimera
1 650w
1 300w
2 6x6 silks
4 combo stands
2 4x8 foam boards
6500w generator
and many diffenent gels

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