One thing I love doing is observing different lighting techniques and trying to recreate them. I've learned a ton from doing this. A few months ago my friend Cassidy and I wanted to try out a sun haze technique by shining a light directly into the lens. I saw this technique used on an Adidas basketball commercial where they boomed a light high above their talent in a gym scene and shined it into the lens.
Above is a behind the scenes still of their setup.
A very important element in creating this effect is haze. Adding haze to the scene helped the light spread and make the overall scene a little more creamy. For this we used a DF-50 hazer. As far as light goes, we boomed over top of the table a 650 watt fresnel shining into the lens to act as our sun source. We also used a Joker 800 outside the window splashing onto the back wall to the left of the frame. The window created a natural cookie pattern on the wall behind Cassidy.
The fresnel shining into the camera was close enough towards the camera that it didn't splash any light on the talent. The rim light on Cassidy is coming from the spill of the HMI outside. I left it because I liked the added depth and reality it created.
In the end I think things definitely got a little too hazy with the combination of the light shining into the lens and the haze being pumped into the room but it was a fun experiment. Below is another experiment to see how much power the Joker 800 really has by testing it at night. This scene was lit after dark by punching the Joker 800 through a 4x4 Matthews silk right outside of the window. I have to say lighting at night is kind of fun because you have to create everything from scratch. It's definitely a unique challenge.