Try saying that three time fast!
So when we last left our hero (moi), he’d just sort of figured out how to project a pattern with a strobe. But there is more to the story!
12/12/12: I had an epiphany after making a photograph in theater and realizing I had no idea why, as much as instinctively liked it, it looked as it did. Which led to an adult dose of reality about how much I didn’t understand about light. And then I discovered the Kodak Reference For Cinematographers and the work of George Hurrell and Studio Harcourt
It took awhile, but I learned about and accumulated enough Made in Hollywood, Mole Richardson Tungsten Fresnel’s to make a portrait. Four 2801 Mini’s or “Inkies” and a couple of 2351 “Midgets”. I could do key, fill, rim, double rim and back with lights to spare. Okay, you don’t need that many but I fell into a bargain.
And I had all the ways to modify the light, starting with the internal Flood to Spot adjust and then left to right below: Color with a Gel, Reduce size with a Snoot, Shape with Barn Doors and Dim with a Scrim
But I didn’t know I could project a pattern or gobo. Until, I found that Mole made Focal Spot lenses for their fresnels! And they worked like the shutters and pattern holders in theater ellipsoids / lekos! Movie sets are like theaters!
So I found one that fits my Minis / Inkies. It has a rear condenser lens and an adjustable focus lens. Just unscrew an accessory clip, remove the Fresnel lens and mount it. Looks likes this.
This is old legacy stuff and Mole no longer make the Pattern/Gobo Holder or Matte Sets (think manual Iris). The Sales Manager at Mole in Hollywood was kind enough to send me the original engineering drawings for both. Which helped a lot. I found that an ETC Source Four Mini E Size was a perfect fit. And someone in the NYC Barbizon Lighting Warehouse found a set of original Mattes. It all looks like this:
So that works okay with a controlled, ambient light session. But 200 Watt Fresnel’s are anemic compared to strobes. And you can’t fit a strobe into an Inkie like a 2K Watt Junior. So the strobe has to go outside the focal Spot.
Back to the parts bin for these, again for these bits:
Plus some 1/8″ offset Mirror Clips and couple of knobs from a speed ring To make this:
All this was before it occurred to make to adapt the theater ellipsoids. Which are a LOT larger. The E Size pattern of this focal spot compared to the theater B size is well, it looks like this:
Today UPS delivered a Triple Riser Wheeled Junior Stand that will handle 60 lbs to 12 ft.. Which is a factor of three for my Altman Zooms. It was an open box deal and I’m pretty sure its going for a studio test drive next weekend.
It’s a never ending story. Chapter next, soon.