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starry night
09-29-2012, 08:26 PM
I was at the home of a potential client today. They have some tall trees at the rear of their home with newly-landscaped plants and a dry creek bed below the trees.
The trees have been in a wooded setting and consequently have sparse or no lower limbs. I commented that I would like to moonlight from one or two of the trees but that I wasn't seeing much branching that could filter the light.
The client said "couldn't you use some artificial foliage attached where you wanted on the tree?"

Now why didn't I think of that?

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
09-30-2012, 04:01 PM
I guess it was the moderators tidying up the thread and getting rid of the superfluous posts. It was getting a bit off topic.
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starry night
09-30-2012, 07:17 PM
What in heck happened while I was gone today?

I thought it was an interesting topic and it became controversial??

muddywater
09-30-2012, 07:20 PM
All was cordial last i checked? This forum needs all the action it can get. Been quiet here
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steveparrott
10-02-2012, 06:13 PM
I was at the home of a potential client today. They have some tall trees at the rear of their home with newly-landscaped plants and a dry creek bed below the trees.
The trees have been in a wooded setting and consequently have sparse or no lower limbs. I commented that I would like to moonlight from one or two of the trees but that I wasn't seeing much branching that could filter the light.
The client said "couldn't you use some artificial foliage attached where you wanted on the tree?"

Now why didn't I think of that?

It's an excellent idea and is something I used to do in theatrical lighting. The best way to do it is to use an eliptical spot light that has a slot for a leaf pattern (gobo). Unfortunately, no one's been able to design an affordable eliptical for outdoor use (too many moving parts).

The other way is to use a patterned "flag" on a flexishaft. I don't think anyone makes a leaf patterned flag but it wouldn't be too hard - just cut a leaf pattern into a piece of sheet metal and paint it black. The flag could be attached to the flexi-shaft and clamped to the fixture support.

The flag would need to be positioned at least a foot in front of the fixture. If the flag is too close then the patterns would be extremely blurry. Even at a foot out, the pattern will be blurry, but might still give a nice affect.

Here are links to flexishafts (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/31902-REG/Lowel_T1_50_Flexi_Shaft_Pack_of.html) and flags (actually blips (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/31743-REG/Lowel_CL_52_Blips_Pack_of.html)). BH also has suitable clamps.

Final thought, use something like this (http://www.haitimetalart.com/catalog/item/6200024/9044960.htm) and clamp it to the tree just below the fixture.