sodium vapor and shooting at dawn
Posted 12 March 2007 - 12:38 AM
Posted 12 March 2007 - 03:56 PM
I don't know how extremely orange those sodium vapor street lamps are, but 1/2 CTB sounds like a close guess. I've used 1/2 CTS before, and it's matched up pretty close as well. Also, on another thread somewhere, somebody used a gel called "Chrome Orange" which looked especially close to the sodium vapor look. But just so you're not worrying TOO much about mixing color temps, I'd try and overpower the street lights on close-ups & medium shots with whatever lighting you'll be bringing with you, just to eliminate that factor.
Posted 12 March 2007 - 04:36 PM
I think adding a contrasting color to the sodium can be a good idea, to help create depth and keep things from going too monochrome. Remember though that the blue might appear a little more saturated than usual when viewed alongside the pinkish-orange of sodium. Colors tend to stand out more when viewed next to their complement. 1/4 CTB can be enough to look "clean" and not too blue.
50 ASA is going to be pretty slow for anything until the sun comes well up above the horizon. 250D might be a more flexible "second" stock for twilight shooting.
Posted 12 March 2007 - 04:41 PM
I think adding a contrasting color to the sodium can be a good idea, to help create depth and keep things from going too monochrome.
"Rocky Balboa" at times seemed to play around with this with a lot of HMI usage for backlight and top lighting.
Posted 13 March 2007 - 12:56 AM
Posted 13 March 2007 - 02:53 AM
Thanks Michael, yes, I was worried the 1/2 CTB might be too much, guess I will go for 1/4 CTB and wet down the street.
I just depends on the look you want -- there's nothing wrong with 1/2 CTB; I was just pointing out something to watch out for.
1/2 CTB is common for a "moonlight" look. It's just that in the presence of sodium streetlights, you might not expect to see real moonlight so prominently. At that point a contrasting color would be more believably motivated by other light sources. An underexposed bluish look could appear like low-level tungsten light in the presence of sodium vapor.