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User currently offlineNight Hawk From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 273 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4046 times:

Hi All

I've been using slide film for a while now but still havent tried using it at night time yet. I've noticed that when I do time exposures on print film they come out with a yellow tinge to them, for example I took a 3 second exposure of a Singapore 747-400F at about 9:30pm. I know this plane is actually white but its come up yellow on the print along with a yellow tinge to most other things. I believe its something to do with the Tungsten lights at the airport. Im curious if the effect is the same on slide film or not??



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User currently offlineChris28_17 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1439 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3987 times:

Most airports have that "yellow" light you are referring to... slides or prints its gonna be the same... the trick is finding somewhere there is more natural lights... like BOS:

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User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4280 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3976 times:

Shooting ramps at night in as far as the color correction is tricky. Forget print film, but if you really feel the need to shoot print, then scan from the neg, then you will have overall control of what your image will look like. Slide film is a whole diffrent animal and lot more suspetable to color shifts than print film, simply because these is no printing process.

On the ramp, you have a lot of diffrent lighting sources, Flourescent,Tungtsten,Quartz,ect.. Carrying around a slew of filters was needless to say a pain in the ***, thankfully something called Photoshop came along a few years back and freed many of us from the hassle of figuring which filter is right for which lighting source. There are still a few perfectionists out there who will go to all that trouble, but frankly I do not have the time. You can always do what Chris suggested, look for an area that looks 'natural', but keep in mind what looks natural to your eyes may not be what you see on your final image. Even Chris's 2 excellent examples are a tad green, due to the florescent lighting.Remember that florescent lighting looks natural to the human eye, but will leave a greenish cast on a slide. Again Photoshop, or most other imaging programs will solve these problems.

Happy shooting,


"Show me the Braniffs"
User currently offlineJasonm From Australia, joined May 2000, 238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3953 times:

Hi Greg,

Most colour films are balanced for daylight so anything taken at night will have weird colours because of the artificial lights but sometimes this can have an interesting effect that you might like.

If you like taking prints at night under tungsten lights, you might want to invest in an 80A (blue) filter to kill the yellow cast.

But as Thomas pointed out, with the powerful tools of Abode Photoshop, you can bend the colours around whichever way you like  Smile

Jason Milligan
Melbourne Australia

User currently offlineDufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 846 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3930 times:

Try using the Ektachrome 160T (T for Tungsten light temperature correction).


I seriously think I just creamed my pants without any influence from any outside variables.
User currently offlineAircanon From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3927 times:

These night photos (prints) i made at Salzburg W.A.Airport (SZG /LOWS), Austria.

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Photo © Edwin Olinowetz


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At this Airport they use spotlights showing upwards and the light is being reflected by many mirrors. I do not know what they are called but maybe you can tell.

I did not change anything on the photos with exception of a little bit of sharpening. It seems to me that white (of the airplanes) is white on these photos.

Can anybody tell me what kind of light this airport is using.

Thank you very much in advance.

Kind Regards

Edwin (AirCanon)

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