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Slide Photography At Night

Sat Mar 31, 2001 1:57 am

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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RE: Slide Photography At Night

Sat Mar 31, 2001 2:46 am

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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RE: Slide Photography At Night

Sat Mar 31, 2001 3:37 am

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,

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RE: Slide Photography At Night

Sat Mar 31, 2001 9:13 am

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

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RE: Slide Photography At Night

Sat Mar 31, 2001 10:29 pm

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

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RE: Slide Photography At Night

Sun Apr 01, 2001 2:22 am

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

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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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