David's example frame grabs made me curious if I could produce something even remotely similar using the Century Optics anamorphic lens adaptor I have for my Sony DSR-250 camcorder.
The image named "16_9_ana_blue_grab_5.jpg" was created using a small flashlight aimed into the anamorphic adapter.
Just for fun, the image named "16_9_ana_blue_red_grab_8.jpg" was created using a red laser pointer in addition to the small flashlight aimed into the anamorphic adapter.
This last image named "4_3_grab_9.jpg" was created using the small flashlight alone aimed into the lens of the camera _without_ the anamorphic adapter attached.
When the anamorphic adapter was removed from the camera (as in the 3rd image) I wasn't able to produce the blue streaks no matter how I positioned the flashlight. I didn't do an exhaustive test, but for what it's worth, it was easy to make the blue streaks with the anamorphic adapter and I wasn't able to do it without.
I assume the vertical streaks are the smear characteristics of the CCDs in this particular camcorder.
Anyway, I don't have any idea if these images are useful, but they were fun to make.
All the best,
- Peter DeCrescenzo
Edited by Peter DeCrescenzo, 02 July 2005 - 11:05 PM.