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Old 10-02-2012, 07:13 PM
steveparrott steveparrott is offline
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Originally Posted by starry night View Post
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 and flags (actually blips). BH also has suitable clamps.

Final thought, use something like this and clamp it to the tree just below the fixture.
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