Bridge shadow

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by cacmage, May 15, 2003.

  1. cacmage

    cacmage New Member

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    I put my bridge on my layout and immediately found a problem. It cast a nice dark shadow on the backdrop.

    I only had one light on the bridge section so I moved it around trying to get rid of the shadow. No luck.

    I bought another light and tried to position it so it would wash out the shadow. The only way it worked was if the light was right on top of the bridge. Obviously that's not acceptable.

    Now I'm out of ideas... Has anyone here successfully solved a similar problem?
  2. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    Just a thought, I think somewhere , I have seen big bridges illuminated from different angles i.e from the ground and from rockfaces.
    You`ll have to make up mini-searchlights different colours.
    Make a great night scene?? no good?? o well, just a thought:(
  3. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Only thing I can think of is to install a short flourescent light against the backdrop at the top and install a valance in front of it to block view of the light itself. Hopefully its light would diminish the shadow.

    Gary
  4. DanRaitz

    DanRaitz Member

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    How about putting some scenery on your backdrop? Maybe a rockface or some trees? Then the shadow would not look out of place. Just a idea:)
  5. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

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    Cacmage,
    The lights at Yankee stadium would still cast a shadow on that thing!!:eek:

    Try some lights from the same angle as the bridge itself. ie. left and right side, and a subtle one from infront. :)

    TOOT!!
  6. TerryR

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    Just a thought...

    Have you considered mounting a light on the back of the bridge?

    Terry.
  7. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

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    cacmage,
    I think Terry's idea is good, maybe several white LED's you could hide behind the bridge ??
  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    When I worked on a few technical theatre production crews, we would light the backdrop itself to minimize shadows. The light can come from either above or below (we often did both).

    Andrew