Posted 23 October 2007 - 01:51 AM
I had no ability to test ahead of time, so I played it safe. I had intensities 1 though 4. Even on a wide lens, a #1 (lightest) looked pretty significant in the viewfinder--much more significant than on film. I shot this scene at two focal lengths:
Wide Shot was UltraPrime 24mm. I used a #2 on this shot:
24mm Prime with Smoque #2 Quicktime
For comparison, here's another take clean with no filter:
24mm Prime No Filter Quicktime
For the close up I switched to the the Optimo 29-250 at about 110mm. I assumed that the Smoque filters would behave more like the ProMists in that the effect would be much more pronounced at longer focal lengths. Because of this, I shot the CU with a #1. The effect was pretty subtle:
CU with Smoque #1 Quicktime
CU with no Filter Quicktime
Posted 23 October 2007 - 02:34 AM
The difference is small, but some light diffusion on the lens in this case seems quite nice.
Posted 23 October 2007 - 11:08 AM
Posted 23 October 2007 - 11:59 AM
The tricky thing with Smoque filters is that the effect depends on the brightness of the light source in the frame.
And with that actor crossing in front of the scene and blocking the light source, that would effectively ruin the effect of creating the appearance of actual smoke.