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by Vian Esterhuizen

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You can't do this - the brightness of light and it's colour cannot be separated, so you cannot filter out colour whilst leaving the intensity. You say you cannot shoot B&W because of the girl & the glowing balloon - I assume you are trying to keep the colour of the balloon? You might have some success with a filter the same colour as the balloon ...


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There is no way to desaturate an image optically (short of a deep infrared filter that only allows frequencies that the sensor colour filter array is invisible to). Assuming you are shooting digitally, why don't you just turn down the saturation setting on the camera? That doesn't require any post work and counts as doing things "in camera".


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So, if I'm correct you want to make the moonlight slightly blue, the only way I can think to achieve this is by playing with White Balance. There is no way to "desaturate" with a filter and have the result not heavily colour cast.


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Something I didn't see posted was the time of day, after a rain shower, different films would give either a more warming effect (a slight yellow cast) or cool effect (a slight blueish cast) I missed if you enjoyed slide film, which differ as well from maker to maker. And of course you'll see differences in different formats as well. Developing color film ...



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