I took this picture knowing it wouldn’t work, from experience. I’m not sure if this can be done on video or not. 

This morning there was dew on the grass and if you looked Eastward the sun reflected in the dew. Probably still is, as I took this a few minutes ago and it’s still early. My lawn looks like it’s covered in sparkling diamonds. The closest I’ve come to this is a shot where the lawn looks like it has white spots. 

The reason I wonder if video can do it is that video uses an active light source. It should be possible, at the very least on a flat panel and possibly on projected video with sufficient lumens, to simulate actual brightness, not just  whiteness. But I don’t know. I suspect maybe not because I don’t know if there is a way to record brightness on videotape or its digital equivalent. 

This is not an area I have expertise in, though I know people in the business who might be able to answer my question about video. After all, I’m in the A-V business, though my specific concentration has been on “A”. (Though I found out last night a video projector company is interested in hiring me.) 

So I’m throwing this question out to the visual artists out there. Is there a way to represent that in a visual medium?

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Comment by Anna Herrington on April 21, 2018 at 9:06am

Yeah, get down closer to the grass and shoot from across the tops of the grass blades ... maybe that would work better, hard to say with cameras and reflections. I tend to try acute to obtuse angles when playing with the camera just to see what happens.

You can tell it looks cool in person by your description though. I tried the same with incredibly sparkling ice/snow when I saw it on a walk in Pennsylvania a few years ago, the low angle helped for sure but nothing like in person....

Comment by Anna Herrington on April 21, 2018 at 9:09am

Also maybe try facing different directions, across the rays, rays behind you, which works well if you can get your shadow out of the way - sometimes I can get a good shot that way sometimes not so much.

Comment by koshersalaami on April 21, 2018 at 9:42am

I realize I aimed high, but I don’t know if you get sparkle if the sun isn’t in front of you reflecting.

Comment by Anna Herrington on April 21, 2018 at 10:28am

Only meant that trying all angles and directions can surprise and come up with a really good shot. I'm no expert in photography, but I've been surprised what early rays behind me brings to a photo, when it works. Same with trying lots of angle variations and changing directions. It's the visuals in situ that can surprise, as far as my own experiences, not what's logically supposed to happen when thinking about it.

Mostly for me, it's just fun to see what happens.

And who knows what might work. or better. until. how I roll, anyway.  Good luck, it'd be cool to be able to get a good shot of diamonds all across the lawn  : )

Comment by marilyn sands on April 21, 2018 at 10:48am

I thought that was a photo from a planet or from an airplane window - until I read that it is your lawn.  It's amazing what we visualize at 1st Look.

Comment by koshersalaami on April 21, 2018 at 12:05pm


I see what you mean

Comment by The Songbird on April 21, 2018 at 8:43pm

Hiya, Kosh -- I read this piece this morn, and thought on, mostly, what Anna said -- to get more parallel with the surface, low, aim the lens across the lawn, rather than standing, down at it.  It does indeed depend upon the camera as well, flat or moving screen, still or even vid, as a 'moving image' could give you the different perspectives, light shift, angle, direction etc., as AR described.  In a still, you want at least one 'spark' - the flare that will pop in a jewelry pic, say, but with a stationary monitor, it is hard - you have to move your entire body to keep the lens of the camera in direct line with your eye, to 'see' what you're gonna snap.  Then, if a vid, you can always pause and capture a still, non?  Cool endeavor!! 

Comment by koshersalaami on April 22, 2018 at 3:47am

Thanks, but I’m not concerned with whether the camera angle is right for actually seeing the sparkles. I’m concerned with whether they’ll record like they look because of the nature of the medium. I should try video, that’s true, because if the sparkle is a result of shifting angle I have a better shot. I tried this on snow once and I think what I got was extra white dots because film (I’m not actually using film, but the digital equivalent) isn’t intrinsically luminous. 

Comment by koshersalaami on April 22, 2018 at 5:05am

This morning I was out a little later so I didn’t get quite as much sparkle. As an experiment, I took my phone out (I used IPad yesterday morning) and put it on video, going back and forth to see if I could pick up the same sparkle I was seeing with the naked eye. It doesn’t show up on video at all. 

Maybe it is a filtering function. I think Anna said something about that. 

Comment by The Songbird on April 22, 2018 at 9:07am

Mmhmm .. it led me to that as well.  If you get a shot with a 'twinkle' in it, that sparkle place, you may have to highlight, photoshop brighten it, as the light source becomes static, in a pic, rather than that luminous, as by the eye, and play with the light.  Most interesting, though, eh?!  


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