Lighting Variation

Foxinabox10

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I want to use some sort of gel or other material in my fresnels in order to make their wash a little more random and less perfect. I need some sort of amber or yellow that has some randomness and a blue/gray.
 

Lora

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burnt out gel? stick/staple different shades of gel together? I use profiles with breakup gobos.
 

Radman

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Radman said:
For one show I actually just scribbled on gels with permanent markers and I was happy with the effect, though it was mor subtle than obvious.
That still applies.
 

Foxinabox10

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Fresnels don't take gobos though, plus they're really expensive.
 

Foxinabox10

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I'm not looking for random amounts of light Bill, but more random variation in the intensity and color.
 

Radman

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Radman said:
Radman said:
For one show I actually just scribbled on gels with permanent markers and I was happy with the effect, though it was mor subtle than obvious.
That still applies.
Whoops edited that post instead of quoting it.
 

BillESC

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Due to the nature of a fresnels output I believe you'll achieve the desired effect with my approach and a little trial & error.

For more than one color try overlaying multiple fixtures with the same technique applied.
 

drumbum

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Light is a funny thing. One of the most important things i have learned is how to be tricky. Yes, you should try overlaying different lights from differnt postions with differnt colors. But i would first look at why you are using a fresnel instead of an ERS (budgetary i understand). but i thnk what you might want to try to do is make a random split gel- take some burned out R02, and and cut shapes out of or from it . . . add in some neutral density, some blues in the holes that you've cut out. Don't try to make it perfect, it will drive you nuts. once framed, put a cut of R119 in front of it (so that the light passes from the lense to the split gel to the silk to the stage). It adds a nice soft edges to the colors, making them blend together.

If you don't mind me asking, what are you trying to acheive with this?
 

Foxinabox10

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This is just general scene lighting and I wanted to make it varied and not look so perfect. Would light diffusion work as well as the silk? I have some of that lying around.
 

drumbum

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R119 actually is a diffusion . . . i jsut call them all silk . . . quicker to say and type . . . but i recomend 119 because of how soft it makes light, and how well things will blend together.