post #181 of 840
6/16/11 at 12:56pm
Looking forward to seeing where things fall into place tonight... With internet voting added to texting and phone voting, it's even more of a "crap shoot" than ever which three couples end up with the lowest total number of votes... Any guesses?
...Latin (that's what they called it, I would have said Jive otherwise)....
I agree. However I'm not crazy about the "interrogation room lighting", with the camera at stage level and light "spraying down" from the sky.
The light from above is bleeding into the camera lens, giving a foggy, cloudy, misty effect... very artsy special-effects, like an old fashioned black-and-white movie.
The contrast in the crystal clear beautifully lit stage (especially the colored panels behind the stage when they turn orange) from camera angles on-high where there is no overhead light shining into the lens is huge.
The high camera shots are absolutely stunning HD. The stage level shots look like there is a Kleenex/vaseline filter over the lens because that overhead light is just shining right into the lens... in "rays".
At first, I thought it was because I was watching on my real HDTV, via TWC/LA channel 411, which I know is recompressed (along with all the other local OTA networks carried by TWC/LA). However I double-checked with the OTA recording from channel 11.1, and for some reason there's virtually no difference in bitrate with 411. Both are in the 13.5-14Mbps range. Very surprising, actually, as this is contrary to my measurements a few months back with KCBS-DT, KABC-DT and KNBC-DT So it's not a recompression softening that's responsible for what I see... it's definitely the overhead down-lighting and the stage-level camera angle, looking up into the light.
Then, I watched it on my computer's HD monitor, and it was just as "foggy" as it was on my real HDTV. So it's truly in the image, again not 411 vs. 11.1.
Really, those occasional flying camera angles from high overhead are just stunning... showing a crystal clear stage with gorgeous color and costumes. Cut to the stage camera, and it looks like a different show.
Even the skin color of the judges and Cat looks a bit off... more reddish than true flesh-tone, for some reason. Again, lighting, in my opinion.
That's just my own observation and opinion.
I hope they're still experimenting, and when they watch it back this week they'll make some lighting adjustments as the season progresses.