Underwater Lighting (4 replies and 3 comments)
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.
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.
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
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?
There was no need as the light was quite concentrated on where the boys were swimming and it dropped off fast in the gloom.
Simple but so elegant. I'm gonna try it out someday !
Thank you so much.
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.
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 ?