Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Blonde Redhead

Mark M. Hancock / © The Dallas Morning News

Twin brothers Simone (left) and Amedeo Pace (right) of the band Blonde Redhead perform at Trees in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas on Tuesday, October 12, 2004.

If anybody plans to grow up and be a lighting designer for a band, please don’t do this to us poor PJs. Yes, magenta is a pretty color – in moderation. A solid magenta design with red and blue highlights only makes PJs lose their minds. Blue + red = magenta. Magenta + magenta = arghhh.

These particular lights can be set to various colors – including "white" (at least close enough to color correct). If only for the first song or two, give us a fighting chance at a decent exposure.

This exposure is 1/6th of a second at f/2.8 and 1600 iso. When we consider it was shot through a 300mm lens, I'm surprised I got anything. At least I wasn't limited to the first three songs.

For those who have never tinkered with colored lights or gels, red and magenta are OK for side and back lighting. However, if these colors are primary source lights, the image will look like poop if it runs B&W (it flattens all the skin tones).

Since I mentioned it, also avoid green unless working on an illustration about nausea or something Halloween related.

Enough for now,

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