Lighting an Ice Sculture
Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:46 AM
Posted 05 September 2008 - 08:20 AM
should be clear, so light it from the side I would guess.
Posted 05 September 2008 - 12:39 PM
Posted 05 September 2008 - 01:43 PM
Posted 05 September 2008 - 06:52 PM
When I worked for the NHL we did a pretty fun spot where we set up a 20x25 table top. It was supposed to look like the arctic. The camera started in a spot looking over the table at a little piece of water. A simple pan about 90 degrees and the camera was suddenly facing a large chink of ice. It was a huge 300 pound piece of ice. Behind it was a 2" acrylic that had letters that said the coolest game. We placed this behind the ice. For the rest of the day we used a torch and helped the ice melt shooting a few frames off every now and then. We lit the ice with soft light from the front and a fresnel kicker from each side that gave the ice it's depth. A bit of blue was used to give the ice that ice feel. In post they added some aurora borealis to the sky, and the rest of the sky, and melded hockey footage into the ice as it time lapse melted. I think it took ten hours for use to get the ice to melt. It was a lot longer than we thought even with the torch.
Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:13 PM
Also, won't ice reflect you in it, and you have to get far way?
Posted 05 September 2008 - 08:17 PM
One of the tricky things about ice and glass is that not only can they reflect light, they can refract it as well. Keeping that in mind, you will in all likelihood be reflecting and refracting very large soft sources in the ice while using large solids to control the contrast.
There are 2 basic, textbook ways to light glassware. There's white-on-black where your background is black and to the sides of the glassware are very large soft sources. This makes white edges in a mostly black frame
Here's a nice example I grabbed from google. It also shows what you can with with a little color:
The other basic way is black-on-white where the background is a lit white surface and the sides of the glassware are flagged to create the black edges in a mostly white frame.
Another quick example from google:
There are a million variations but that should get you thinking. Some of the nicest tabletop with glassware I have seen actually mixes the two approaches. VERY tricky and uses a forest of stands but beautiful when it's well-done.
Posted 05 September 2008 - 10:25 PM