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#1 Grant Wilkinson

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 09:11 AM

going to shoot some stuff from a moving car this evening and wanted to check out what filter I may need (or not) for shooting 500T. I'm using a beaulieu 6008, and will be shooting 9fps for this stuff.

any tips or pointers much appreciated!
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Posted 16 July 2007 - 10:26 AM

When doing evening shooting, you need to remember that the lighting is going through contiuous change rapidly; you won't have much chance for reshoots of a given scene, because the lighting will be different. Not only in intensity but also (very much so) the color. The good news is that you won't need to use an 85 filter, because the color temperature of "magic hour" is very similar to that of tungsten bulb. But as soon as the sun hits the horizon, the golden tones go away fast, and the predominating color is the deep blue of the evening sky.

Also, in inhabited areas you will find an increased emphasis on artificial lighting as the evening changes over to nightfall; streetlights are usually either blue mercury vapor or orange sodium vapor lamps. No amount of filtering will change their color; they are all blue, or all orange, and very little of any other color. Fluorescent lamps have that sickly brownish or greenish color cast (which can be corrected somewhat with filtration), incandescents are golden (on unfiltered tungsten balanced film, house lamps are slightly orange as they run somewhat lower color temperature than studio lights do), and arc lamps like searchlights are brilliant white with maybe a touch of blue, depending again on your filtering.

At 9fps the shutter is open for a long time. Avoid unplanned rapid movements with the camera, as they will be just smeared frames, almost unrecognizable except as color and movement. Use a tripod if you want a stable image.

Edited by Robert Hughes, 16 July 2007 - 10:30 AM.

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#3 Grant Wilkinson

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 04:41 AM

Robert - thanks! was looking to do something quite stylised anyways, so have shot a bit during the magic hour, and a bit of the cityscape with at night. can't wait to get the footage developed and TK'd now.
thanks again
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