Fall is in the air and we’re set to harvest all of its colorful glory; starting with this palette of oranges, yellows and greens found in our pumpkins! Warmer secondary colors such these often get lost and blended together on normal cameras, but here the full gamut of the harvest is clear and detailed.
Mirror, mirror on the wall…” This piece was inspired by a rewatch of “Holiday In Mexico” (1946) after Jane Powell’s recent passing. In the film there are a number of shots filming the reflection of subjects on different objects - an artistic touch you wouldn’t expect from a “teen film”.
“Can you even dye my eyes to match my gown?”
Watching the sun set on summer 2021 like…
For shots featuring bokeh we generally use lenses with 9 blades for rounded, natural out-of-focus areas; but this one called for something more interesting. So the close up was filmed with a 6 bladed 85mm lens to get hexagons instead.
Inspired by a classic Louis Dahl-Wolfe photo from Harper’s Bazaar this piece was accomplished utilizing forced perspective and hanging miniatures with matched lighting effects, all in camera.
Matching emerald patterns in the necktie and backdrop (cut from the same cloth) were the initial inspiration for this piece, though in the end there didn’t seem to be a good place for the close up that made the matching patterns more obvious. Believe it or not, there are rules to how we put our example films together, color design and flow take precedence over any other ideas.
Ten of the last fifteen pieces we've released were filmed in larger format. Normally for a product or fashion style shoot we'd choose to shoot in Super 35mm for a cleaner/punchier image, but some images call out for the extra "character" which a larger format camera can show off by using a wider area of a lens' glass.
A low-key glow radiates from the glass chess set into the atmosphere on a hot summer night... or does it? This light set up consisted of six different lights, carefully arranged to hide their shadows.
Our custom designed and built lights were modeled after Technicolor's broadside arc lights, but we've added our own ideas in as well which make hiding shadows simple so that you can get deep colors in all kinds of lighting situations and still keep the illusion of natural lighting.
Summertime is here, but things still aren't quite back to normal in 2021. George Hoyningen-Huene's "The Divers" is a famous photo from Vogue that's emblematic of summer, but also isn’t quite real, so we felt it appropriate to do a take on it for the summer of "almost, but not quite real"
Optical Radiance maintains color values and clarity down into the shadows, where colors from off-the-shelf digital cinema cameras and even modern film stock blend together into a murky haze.
Warm amber highlights from the practical lamp play against the balanced studio lighting to bring a more “lived-in”, dramatic feeling while retaining good color values and variation.
From Dorothy’s ruby slippers to “The Red Shoes” on-screen footwear has a glamorus history in three-strip color; inspired by a vintage Horst P. Horst pic.
This piece was lit, like all of our studio shot work, with our custom designed and built in-house lights which have a feature that lets us adjust the quality of the light to adapt to the needs of a scene quickly and with a minimal footprint. They’re set up here to look like afternoon daylight coming through an open window in some lonely mansion.
What are your favorite summer colors?
Inspired by a 1960’s #JohnRawlings photo for #Vogue, this piece has a lot going on color wise from the bold colors of the hat and sweater, to the subtle but still vibrant reflections of the bubbles along with great skin tones.
The music here is a funky arrangement of Doris Day’s “It’s Magic”, from the classic Technicolor film “Romance On The High Seas”
Shot with 1950’s era lenses and inspired by #JohnRawlings glamour photography of the same era, this piece showcases Optical Radiance’s ability to capture beautiful skin tones while retaining a vibrant, varied color palette and a mild sense of atmosphere.
70’s era glam rock could be colorful, sophisticated and often surprising; not unlike the qualities Optical Radiance brings to visuals. Here Optical Radiance inventor Andy Schroeder conjures some faux "Tanx"-era T.Rex with a #56goldtop, #flyingV & some help from EHX's Mel9 & Key9
Vibrance. Not just in the nail art but in the vibrant, healthy skin tone of the subject which holds its own against the brighter colors without ever looking either over-saturated, or wan and sickly. Great skintones are the cornerstone of Optical Radiance (like three-strip color before it).
Optical Oracle | The cold blue daylight through the stained glass window, the warm amber glow of the lamp... yet skin tones still look natural. It’s a more well-rounded take on the often maligned teal and orange scheme of many modern films, with bold colors still on display in a way that only Optical Radiance can.