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do i need a filter when shooting in a snowy condition?


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#1 Joseph Zakarian

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 03:27 PM

i'm going to start shooting my 2nd film soon.
I was wondering about this...do i need a filter and what kind of a filter to shoot in a snowy condition.
and yeah i want to find a way to shoot the snowy crystals you the sparkling snow
(not while snow fallin, steady on earth) do you think i can get this frame?
I hope you understand me... i will be very happy if you help.
thank you.

Edited by Joseph Zakarian, 20 November 2006 - 03:31 PM.

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#2 Laurent Andrieux

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 05:28 PM

You certainly should need a UV filter, as a starting point.

As for the crystals, it's al a problem of "power" of your lens : you need a macro lens or diopters.

What camera are you shooting with ?

Color or black and white ?
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#3 Michael Collier

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 09:31 PM

Ah, shooting snow, something I have WAY too much experience. I think what your referring to when you say crystals is not so much seeing individual snowflakes, but seeing that glimmer off the snow, like the snow blankets holds diamonds. In my experience that is just a matter of the snow conditions. It has to be very cold, around 0 or colder before the snow starts to facet in a way that creates those glimmers, then to accentuate them you have to be close to backlight conditions (though the closer to complete backlight you get, the harder it is to shoot) fresh powder will not have those crystals. crumbly snow might, but the best is when it has just a slight crust to the toplayer. Either way, you will see with your eyes if its possible or not. you can use a star filter to sort of augment the sparkles, but I find that a bit unneccisary. just avoid soft diffusion, as that will soften the specularity of the glimmer.
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#4 Joseph Zakarian

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 10:56 AM

You certainly should need a UV filter, as a starting point.

As for the crystals, it's al a problem of "power" of your lens : you need a macro lens or diopters.

What camera are you shooting with ?

Color or black and white ?


Hello,
Well im shooting with a panasonic dv cam...
What is the diffrence between color and b\w in a snowy condition? can you explain to me please thank you.
thank you.

Edited by Joseph Zakarian, 21 November 2006 - 10:58 AM.

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#5 Chris Durham

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Posted 22 November 2006 - 12:26 PM

I haven't shot in snow before but I imagine that a good neutral density filter would be necessary. I find it hard to shoot without one on a sunny day, let alone with white reflecting everywhere.
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#6 Laurent Andrieux

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Posted 22 November 2006 - 06:47 PM

Hello,
Well im shooting with a panasonic dv cam...
What is the diffrence between color and b\w in a snowy condition? can you explain to me please thank you.
thank you.


Depending on the effects you want for what is about the high level light, the filtering options can be different...
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