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#1 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 09:56 PM

I have one shot tomorrow, a close-up of somebody speaking to someone off
camera. He's far enough away from the black background that that should turn
into black limbo. I'll be positioned so that I can shoot tightly at the longest end of
the lens. Going to key with a 1K Fresnel hung from a grid about 10' high, from one
side, with a black show card on the other side for negative fill, plus a subtle but
distinct back/almost top light with 1/4 blue and a back light on his shoulders for
some separation. Any suggestions on what might put a good light in his eyes
like a Chinese lantern can but without washing out the darker side of the face.
I'm not sure that the Fresnel will do it (of course I'll see when I get there) and
of course I may be making a situation in which two lights are seen in his eyes
which I don't want. I suppose that I could key with the lantern to the side and flag
it heavily but where it does hit, the key side of the face, won't be as hard as I
want. Any isuggestions on getting a good light in the eyes with a hard key coming
from this height from off to one side?

Thanks.
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