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Old May 2nd, 2006, 10:46 PM   #1
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Vertical Smear Good??

I last week shot a promotional DVD for a client that manufactures mosquito misting systems. They're becoming
popular down here in Houston. Anyway, we had a shot lined up of a metallic nozzle(about 4 1/2 inches) that had some glistened highlights and reflections from our key source (the sun) anyway I was going to see if we couldn't know it down with a scrim and then the client says "No leave it the way it is." He liked the bloom coming off the pings. The vert smear looked unnatural to me. But he's the client.

Anyway, is there any lens filtration that would control vetical smear highlights off of a hot spot. (Note we only had a light black ProMist with us) Is it possible that more difffusion makes it worse?

The shot actually was pretty good. I guess one mans vertical smear is another man's cool highlight.

ps Please don't turn this into a discussion on this being a weak point of the camera or the typical this camera vs. that camera discussion. I just need a simple answer.

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Old May 2nd, 2006, 10:55 PM   #2
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If you close the iris down (higher number) the smear will change to a 'star' effect, which is more pleasing and generally more acceptable.
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 11:57 PM   #3
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"The shot actually was pretty good. I guess one mans vertical smear is another man's cool highlight."


Heh, thats pretty funny David.

Thanks for that Tip Jiri, I was just wondering about that myself.
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