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Underwater Lighting (4 replies and 3 comments)

Jazzma
2 weeks ago
Jazzma 2 weeks ago

Hello Sir,

I just saw the trailer of "The Goldfinch" and a shot really caught my attention.

The one shot underwater with that yellow/greenish tone.

I'd really like to know how did you light it.

Thank you very much Sir.

 

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Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

I would say it needs to be some distance away. The light I was using in the shot talked about was quite close, maybe 10' from the water, but I was mimicking the light from a window. For a moonlight effect I would use something large and far away. Maybe 40' would be enough but it really depends on your shots.

luca nervegna
2 weeks ago

thank you!
yes, we will shoot in a diving swimmingpool so i was thinking to put my light on the higher trampoline (like 10 meters from water, with the stand i get the 40')
probably an M40 is enough

luca nervegna
2 weeks ago
luca nervegna 2 weeks ago

Goodmorning Roger!

i need to do something similar for a next project but i never light underwater..

which was the 5k distance from the water and from the subject? did you calculate it like a normal shot or it was closer than normal?

i need to do a lunar effect in a night exterior lake.. i assume that the light (as the moon is) should be as far as possible?  

 

thank you!

 

 

Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

There was no need as the light was quite concentrated on where the boys were swimming and it dropped off fast in the gloom.

Jazzma
2 weeks ago

Simple but so elegant. I'm gonna try it out someday !
Thank you so much.

Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

That water was pretty cloudy and it had me worried a little. We had dyed it green for the daytime work and that is why it was so cloudy. I think I used a 5K Fresnel direct. It would have been on a dimmer and also had some CTO on it. The mix of the warm light and the green dye gave that color, which I liked so I left it as it was.

Jazzma
2 weeks ago

Thank you so much. It looks so great ! Did you tape black solid inside the pool and behind the subjects to add contrasts to that moody tone ?

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