One of those must-have diffusion filters in your kit. I initially purchased one and after using it for a couple of days ordered a second (I usually shoot multi-cams on features). Used both in a film I shot a few months ago. Just the right amount of halation without it being too bloomy. I also liked the slightly warm bias the gold flecks produce. Very flattering on skin tones. This has replaced my go-to HBM 1/8 for several projects. Highly recommended.
Having gaffed a feature with this filter deployed full time, I decided to purchase one myself. This review will focus on anamorphic lens applications, as that seems to be the most popular option currently.
The Scarf Dust filter is more than glimmer glass, and more than black magic, and more than pro mist. There is another quality gold element to the subtle effects on skin tone. This filter combines some of the best effects from other filters together to make something rather special.
On skin, it gives a very subtle, lovely, smoothing effect, taking the edge off of more clinical modern lenses. With a lamp in the frame, it creates a very nice glow effect, coupled with the anamorphic aspects, it then becomes a stretched out halo or veiling flare.
Overall, this filter is a wonderful addition to any kit which will add warmth and interest to the frame.
It does add a nice golden glow. Lifts the shadows a half stop and adds a pleasant softness to skin. Not overpowering!
SCARF DUST: THE ESSENCE OF SCARF
The secret of Scarf Dust is the source. There is a common thread to all great directors of photography; the scarf. We capture the power of the scarf by collecting dust on-set with stealth. The dust must be captured at that exact moment of concentration and creation to capture the magic. The essence of creation is captured.
Scarf Dust is a modern diffusion filter designed to give a decrease in contrast, slight halation to light sources, and organic look to your images. This gold mist filter will have similar effect to your images found in popular black mist filters but with a golden glow.
Scarf Dust mixes well with multiple lighting setups to create instant atmosphere and depth to your scene.
Each filter is carefully crafted with scarf dust treated to have a consistent golden sheen. It is bonded inside the Schott B270 ultra clear glass and polished to precision.
SCARF DUST ON ANAMORPHIC
Combine Scarf Dust with modern or vintage effect lenses to add a touch of golden film-like effect.
ADD ATMOSPHERE TO MODERN LENSES
Combine Scarf Dust with modern lenses such as the Arri Alura seen in this video to create a smooth pleasing image.
10 Frame Handles
I've used the Scarf Dust on RED Komodo with Aviascope anamorphic adapter. I like the idea of one strength. Makes it easy on set.
Lucky Finn Productions
A little is enough. Scarf dust is subtle enough to make your image glow (especially skin) and give you your own special look. For me, filters with unique names always are the most fun to use!