Getting the "light beams thru the trees" look

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  1. jcolman

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    These are some stills taken from a recent HD shoot I did for a documentary.

    We simply brought in our own fog.

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    Wow, so that's how it's done! The first shot is awesome.
     
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    You can rent a fog machine for as little as $35/day plus the fog juice. I own a small generator so we used that for power.
     
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    Cool 'behind the scenes' shots.

    I guess it goes to show you...don't believe what you see on TV...even in a documentary.
     
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    very cool, thanks for sharing :thumbup:
     
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    :lmao: This show is about the history of NC. What we're filming is a scene discussing the events that happend 400 years ago so I had a little artistic license to play with.
     
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    thats awesome! i was always curious about how this worked
     
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    How much fog are we talking about here. Does it take a long time or is it a relatively short process.
     
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    The fog machine takes about 15 minutes to warm up but It only takes a minute or two to actually make the fog. There are also different types of fog machines available depending on your needs. The one we used is a small hand held device that heats up a mineral oil based "fog juice".

    If the wind is blowing (which it was when the first couple of shots were taken) the fog dissipates rather quickly. I only had about 15 seconds to get the shot before the fog blew away.

    On the second setup, it was later in the day and the wind had died down a bit but the fog would still dissipate within a minute.

    Obviously calm conditions are better than wind.
     
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    when I forget my fog machine I just kick up some dust

    Gary
     
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    or light up a lot of cigarettes.
     
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    lol ... not in California ....lol
     

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