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    Day for night is the name of a cinematographic technique to simulate a night scene. Mainly intended to avoid costly (and technically challenging) night filming, outside scenes can instead be shot during the day, with special blue filters and under-exposed film to create the illusion of darkness or moonlight.

    These two images were taken about 60 seconds apart. The right one is underexposed about 2.5 stops. Shooting underexposed, rather than using a 'blue filter' is much more natural, as light sources can 'punch' through the blue with their natural tungsten color. If a filter were used, this would tint the light sources.

    t-dot-s-dot, Isabel Peters, JoelDC, and 17 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Hejl 72 months ago | reply

      Day for night, as seen in Pan's Labyrinth ("nighttime battle scenes")

    2. t-dot-s-dot 72 months ago | reply

      Fun idea! You could also go down to f/0.70 and shoot at night: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Lyndon#Photography

    3. lakshalperera 72 months ago | reply

      great! this is a nifty little tool. :)

    4. bitwalk 72 months ago | reply

      Cool experiment!

    5. ixycreativity 72 months ago | reply

      good photos!
      both of them are quality good looking.

    6. david parkinson 72 months ago | reply

      That's really cool - must have a go. Like night time in legoland.

    7. Hejl 72 months ago | reply

      t-dot-s-dot : cool! thanks for the link - lots of interesting stuff in there

    8. tea, earl grey [deleted] 72 months ago | reply

      you have the 90mm ts lens?

    9. Hejl 72 months ago | reply

      tea, earl grey : yes

    10. vanishing cream 69 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called shooting day for night, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. Green-Ghost 69 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Night -n- Day, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. Green-Ghost 69 months ago | reply

      Wow! Sure had me fooled! It's such a good likeness I thought it was real. I still like the addition to the "Night and Day" group though.

      Cinema effects have come a long way since the days of "Godzilla VS 3 headed monster"

    13. ~~SuPeRnOvA~~ 54 months ago | reply

      hey what lens did you use for this shot???

    14. Hejl 54 months ago | reply

      >>hey what lens did you use for this shot???

      Canon 90mm T/S

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