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#1 Chris Saul

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 12:19 PM

I'm shooting a block of ice and I really want the texture to show and I want it to glisten. It's supposed to be melting by a large ray of light coming through a window in a dark room. What's my best angle of light for this. Also part of the scene will be done with a fake block of ice, how can I make the fake block of ice look real?
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#2 Simon Wyss

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 12:49 PM

Fake ice exists as glass (smaller) and plastic parts (bigger). Photographers in food know where to get it. Else, you go browsing.
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#3 Serge Teulon

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 01:17 PM

Chris,

It's kinda hard to know exactly what advise to give you when we don't know the content.

By rule, to show texture you should implement side lighting. Be it a wall etc that will bring the texture out.

A shot in the dark, I would either implement a toppy backlight or 3/4 toppy backlight to your block of ice, with the "ray of light" that you require, bounce off the front and then set some highlights off with some kickers. You could also gel the kickers with some ctb.

But it is down to your brief.

Edited by Serge Teulon, 27 November 2008 - 01:18 PM.

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