Re: Filming Neon at night

From: Nicky Hamlyn (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Jul 17 2008 - 10:21:13 PDT

Dear Sam,

Thanks for the advice. I'm using colour negative. I have Eastman 500T
and 250D, plus other options. It's a very large sign on a big
tobacco processing plant in central Italy (where they grow very poor
quality stuff, the production of which is still subsidised by the EU!)

Nothing else in the shot, as it's at night. Any further advice
gratefully received,


On 17 Jul 2008, at 16:42, Sam Wells wrote:

> Hi Nicky,
> The sign's color will be so narrow band the difference between
> tungsten & daylight film will likely only be a slight shade cooler
> or 'warmer'
> Is there anything else in the shot important color-wise ?
> I wouldn't let it go more than 2 ish stops over if you want to
> retain all it's color -- that said you can blow out the center of
> the tube to white and still will see green @ it's edges if you
> don't want to underexpose everything else --
> Reversal or negative ?
> -Sam
>> Can anyone advise about exposure and colour balance for filming a
>> green neon sign at night?
>> I have a spot meter to measure the sign, which is some distance
>> from the camera. What compensation would I have to make?
>> Thanks,
>> Nicky Hamlyn.
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