I love night photography. Something about a photograph made at night embodies the Cinematic. Traditional still portrait photos are shot in airy, well lit studios. Movies have night scenes on location. I want my images to look like movies. For me, that often comes down to creating the look of night, rather than capturing it using only whatever light is available and adjusting the camera accordingly.
I started with the usual suspects: 1/2 CTO and some variations of yellow. I added in the occasional 1/8 CTG for different experiments. In the end, I wound up finding some vinyl sheeting used for arts and crafts for sale online. It is essentially a 10 gauge iridescent orange plastic. Since it is relatively "clear," it does not cause very much light loss. So I combined that with some amber yellow cellophane wrap found in a local party-supply store. In essence - readily available supplies. So what does the end result look like when used in a photograph? Take a look:
Bear in mind, there was not a little dodging, burning, color tweaking, and all of the other PhotoShop fine tuning that goes into taking a raw image and making into a finished photo. But overall, I do kind of like the end results. I have learned over time that the lighting solutions used in motion pictures are frequently quite different from what might be used in still photography. So duplicating what they do in Hollywood is often replaced by emulating it.
Of course, after all of that work creating the right mix of gels, I am noticing that the familiar old high-pressure sodium lights are disappearing now. They are being replaced by 5000K white-light LED streetlights. But I won't complain: The new LED's look like the lighting in La La Land (2016) and that look is MUCH easier to emulate with flash!!