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#1 Jon Rosenbloom

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 12:09 PM

I'll be shooting some exteriors in Los Angeles next January. Super-16 "capture," post to digi-beta for festival screening. The Director would like to capture that LA smog-bound look, but we're not certain we won't end up w/ a crystal clear January day. My idea is to use something like a Tiffen Smoque 1 and some sort of soft-edge coral. Any thoughts? Waste of time? Good Plan? Thanks for the feedback.
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 12:12 PM

You can try it, certainly. It would make it seem particularly hazy/foggy that day.

It's not a cure-all because it reacts to whatever is in the shot, so the effect disappears and reappears as bright areas move through the frame. For this reason, I tend to use the lightest grade, the #1.
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#3 Will Montgomery

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 01:52 PM

Smog in LA is strange... sometimes looking up from underneath it doesn't look that bad, but as you get higher it gets thicker and you start to see it. I notice this when I'm flying in and out quite a bit, there's a certain altitude that looks like you're headed for cancer then when you get above it or below it you don't notice it as much.
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 02:46 PM

Smog in LA is strange... sometimes looking up from underneath it doesn't look that bad,


Once on a seemingly sunny day, I looked up into the bluish grey sky and saw a jetliner fade away into the smog.
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