There are many elements that you can change in post-production with a little forethought. In this case, the color of the sky.A pink sky has become a predominant feature in many music videos. Is it a symbol of teenage freedom, late evening adventures, innocence of youth? I’m sure there are experts out there who could spend hours decoding the meaning and popularity behind the rise of pink skies in rap and alternative music videos. But perhaps it just comes down to Instagram influencers. Who knows?Whatever the case, there’s no denying that a pink sky looks beautiful. However, due to the circumstances of capturing one, since setting up at golden hour doesn’t exactly guarantee that the sky will turn pink, many filmmakers will opt to recreate a pink sky digitally. Before continuing, if you were wondering why sometimes the sky turns red, orange, or pink at sunset, here’s a snippet from my Golden Hour tutorial.When the sun is high in the sky from midday to late afternoon, there is very little interference from our atmosphere; the light is bright and the shadows are harsh. However, just after sunset or just before sunrise, the sun is just about level to the horizon, and the light has to travel through many miles of dense atmosphere before illuminating what we can see, which decreases the intensity of direct sunlight. The blue light emitting from the sun is caught up in the atmosphere leaving more red, yellow and orange to pass through, which gives the sun a nice warm golden glow. Very simply, golden hour is a short period just after sunrise and just before sunset.This article isn’t necessarily a tutorial because, quite frankly, all you do is push the highlights slightly into the magenta region, but there are a few factors to consider. As with converting day-for-night, there are requirements to help you pull off the grade, and this is what I’ll be covering.A Few Things First1. You still need to still film at Golden Hour.The scattering of the light will leave you with either a golden sky or a desaturated blue sky. Converting a saturated blue to pink will leave you with a very stylized result.For example, in the following music video for “Bounce Back” by Big Sean, the grade is very stylized.Based on the content of the music video, it’s evident that the filmmakers and the artist want you to notice the colors, as the video itself is very abstract. But we can see from the shots that they recorded a blue sky, and the pink grade appears unnatural. Again, in the context of this specific music video, it works, as that’s the intended result. But when aiming for a natural style, you want to film during the late evening.2. You want to use soft light if filming with actors.Subconsciously, we link a pink sky to a setting sun, which gives off soft light, and shadows are stretched. If your shot has a high contrast ratio, the pink sky may look slightly out of place. An excellent example of this is in Jaden Smith’s music video for “Icon.”You can see the pink sky isn’t natural as there’s some color bleed in Jaden’s jewelry — I had to zoom in 200 percent to spot this — but the look is a lot more believable. A big part of this is that the filmmakers shot the video in the evening with soft light, and I can’t be certain, but I would even go so far as to guess that they shot this with natural evening light, due to the lack of light hotspots in the reflection of the car and Smith’s jewelry.3. Not everything needs the pink cast.Yes, there should be a subtle pink cast across all highlights, but you don’t want the same intensity as the correction for the sky. Using the three tips above, we’ll walk through the steps of converting an evening sky into a pink sky. This is my shot; it’s of a musician climbing over a country fence, and for this specific shot, we’re focusing on the clouds in the background and dropping the musician out of focus.First, we’re going to add a second node along with a layer node. Select “node 01,” and for the time being, disable it (Ctrl+D). Your node tree should look like this. (Node 01 is for any base corrections I need to make after I have graded the sky.)On node 02, we’ll introduce our pink sky. There are numerous ways you can do this and achieve similar results. You could ramp the magenta tint up to 100, apply a gradient to create a CSI Miami-inspired gradient sky, use the Hue vs. Hue curve, and so on. They will all yield similar results, but we’re just going to push the gain/highlights color wheel toward magenta.The further you drive toward the edge of the color circle, the more defined the effect will be. But like a lot of things, less is more. And since I followed tips 1 and 2, introducing magenta into the highlights will, for the most part, only affect the areas of the image I want to adjust.The sky looks great; we have a warm fall-off onto the grass, which is what you would expect with a Golden Hour cast. However, the musician’s white shirt looks like it has gone through the washing machine with a red sock.We would expect his skin tones to become warmer and pinker, but we don’t want his top to become this colorized. To fix this, I will drop to the node underneath (04), and using the Custom Power Window Stencil, I’m going to draw around the short and give it a softness of 3.5. Of course, since the person in the frame is moving, I would then need to track this window too.Then, using the gain wheel, I’m going to introduce the smallest amount of magenta, just so the vest isn’t wholly bypassing the new natural light.This is the before:And this is the after:If necessary, you could also mask the grass and reduce the tint:However, I do like the overall pinkness from the first finished grade, but ultimately these creative choices would be up to you.Are you an Adobe Premiere Pro CC user? Then filmmaker and YouTuber Justin Odisho has you covered with a similar tutorial for that platform. Cover image via wayfarerlife.Looking for more on color grading? Check out these articles.Color Grading: Working with the Hue vs. Curves in DaVinci ResolveQuick Tip: Adjust the Color of Water in After EffectsVideo Editing Techniques for Color Correcting Skin TonesWhy Do Filmmakers Color Grade Moonlight to Be Blue?Color Grading: How to Change the Seasons in Premiere Pro
During an all-party meeting in Darjeeling on Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said an industry meet would be held in March.Ms. Banerjee said Darjeeling has the potential for industry in software, tourism and horticulture and she would ask industrialists to attend the meet. “Let us forget what happened [in the past]. The political parties and their ideology will remain but let us come together for the development of the hills,” Ms. Banerjee said. The Chief Minister’s visit to Darjeeling hills, which comes after eight months and the first since the hills braved a 104-day shutdown, assumes a lot of political significance.On her first day, Ms. Banerjee inaugurated a road in the name of Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) founder Subhas Ghising. Ghising, who spearheaded the movement for a separate State of Gorkhaland for decades, was sent into political oblivion by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president Bimal Gurung in 2007.
A special court in Delhi on Tuesday rejected the bail application of former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi and remanded him in the agency’s custody for eight days. The CBI had asked for Kalmadi’s custody for 14 days. During the hearing, Kalmadi’s counsel made some startling disclosures in court. He blamed decisions relating to tenders on M.S. Gill, who was the Union sports minister during the Delhi Games. Kalmadi has been charged with cheating, forgery and conspiracy in awarding contract for the Timing-Scoring-Result system to a Swiss company. The CBI maintains that OC officials conspired with the private firm to award wrongful contract at an inflated cost. The Congress MP from Pune, who was arrested on Monday for his alleged role in irregularities involving the conduct of CWG last year, had been taken to a hospital for a routine check-up in the morning. The CBI had grilled him on three previous occasions before finally arresting him on Monday. Soon after his arrest, the Congress suspended Kalmadi from primary membership and the government indicated that he might also be stripped of the chairmanship of Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
And why not, as that evening the soft-spoken Kenyan did what no one had done before. On the way to breaking his own world record, the 23-year-old became the first person to run the 800m in less than 1 minute 41 seconds.Neither did he strike Usain Bolt’s ‘lightning’ pose nor did he do the ‘Mobot,’ but Rudisha became the first to break an athletics world record at the London Olympics. His current world record stands at 1.40: 91 secs.Despite the enormity of the feat, the star was surprised by the welcome he got back home.Rudisha said he found it rather unexpected when the elders of his community in Kilgoris, Kenya, made him the ‘warrior leader’. “When I was running in Europe, boys of my age from my community (Masai) were graduating to the senior category. They were becoming warriors. When I returned to the country they made me the warrior leader,” Rudisha told Mail Today. “The elders said though I had not killed a lion, I had broken the world record.”Currently in India as the event ambassador of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, Rudisha knows that young Kenyans now look up to him for inspiration. He feels that Kenya has several excellent athletes which is the reason for their success, rather than high-class infrastructure.”If you look at infrastructure, Kenya doesn’t have that much. In fact in India I guess they have better facilities. We do better in long distance and middle distance as the training procedure is much more natural unlike the sprints where you need more technical training,” Rudisha said.”I don’t think it’s because of our genes. Kenya has lot many inspirational figure in athletics. Every other child there wants to be an athlete just like every other kid in India wants to be the next Sachin Tendulkar. India need figures like him in athletics.” Rudisha’s own inspiration is his father Daniel, who was part of the Kenyan 4x400m relay team that won silver at the 1968 Olympics. “I took up running because I always had the passion. Moreover my father was a runner and I wanted to be like him,” he said.”He used to say if you have to win a medal you will have to be faster than me. I am happy I have gone one up on his performance.” Coming back to that night in London when he rewrote history, Rudisha says: “I already held the world record (1: 41.09) when I came to London. I was targeting the 1.41 mark. But I ran even faster.”Prior to the race I had told my manager (James Templeton) that if I could complete the first lap (400m) in 49 seconds then I could make the mark.” He knows that comparison with another legendary athlete, Usain Bolt was natural. He jokingly said that if ever the duo competes, it will be a close affair.”We are great friends. There have been talks of having a race for a distance of about 500m. If it happens I would say it will be a 50- 50 affair,” he smiled.But Rudisha does not want to rest on his laurels, as he has already set his next target. “After I broke the world record for the first time in 2010, I wanted to win an Olympic medal. Now that I have won it, I have started training for the 2013 Moscow World Championships,” he said.Rudisha also praised the field at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. “There are 10 guys who have sub-60 minute timings. So it will be competitive,” he said.Indians confidentKenyans and Ethiopians may be the top contenders for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon title, but Indians are not intimidated. Steeple chase runner Sudha Singh who is participating in the Sunday race said though Kenyans are talented, Indians can do wonders in long distance running too. “It’s not that we don’t give effort. We also put in hard work and practice for the same duration of time. We have trained with them and there’s nothing special,” she said. “It’s just that we get to train with such high class athletes at a later stage while they train with them from childhood.”advertisement
Wales manager Ryan Giggs admits that he does not watch Gareth Bale play for Real Madrid, as he does not have a subscription for La Liga’s rights holders, Eleven Sports.Bale has been attempting to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo at Los Blancos this season, but viewers in the United Kingdom have not been able to watch him play on television.Eleven Sports won the rights to the Spanish top-flight ater a pitched auction, but they have yet to find a television channel, instead offering an online service, akin to streaming giant Netflix, where viewers can pay to watch Real Madrid live. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Giggs, though, is not one of those to have a subscription, and has thus missed out on Real’s travails thus far this season; Julen Lopetegui has been sacked after a dismal start to the campaign, while Bale was whistled by the Bernabeu crowd during his substitution against Valladolid at the weekend.Hi @Cymru 👋Let us know if Ryan wants to watch Real Madrid regularly.We will give it Giggsy till end of season… https://t.co/Fzp45VWjxt— Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) November 5, 2018Nevertheless, he has returned to his country’s squad for the upcoming games against Denmark and Albania. ‘I’ve not seen many of his games,” Giggs told a press conference when asked of Bale’s form.“They are not on Sky. They are on Eleven Sports – I haven’t got that!”Eleven Sports have, naturally, offered Giggs a subscription after his words, insisting that, like the meme, they will “give it Giggsy until the end of the season”.Bale scored in his first three La Liga appearances in 2018-19, but has not hit the back of the net since September, in a 3-0 Champions League victory over Roma.He has also failed to complete 90 minutes in the league since September 26, when Real lost 3-0 to Sevilla.For Wales, however, he remains the key man and has scored four goals in his last four outings – netting once against the Republic of Ireland and scoring a hat-trick versus China in a friendly.