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Compared to These, Rosco Gels Taste Like Crap

Outdoor photographer John B. Crane was hiking in the Colorado back country when he found himself in need of a green gel for funky-lit shot of an ice cave.

None of the official variety was on hand. But they were not short on imagination -- or tasty snacks:

Fruit Roll-Ups and Nikon CLS



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Blogger Condo for Sale said...

I understand the Rosco gels have the nutritional value of beef stew.

February 25, 2011 1:08 AM  
Blogger Johan said...

Very nice! Maybe you should set up a best food gel competition! :)

February 25, 2011 1:27 AM  
Blogger Damon Burney said...

I'm surprised the light went through all that! Very tasty solution.

February 25, 2011 2:07 AM  
Blogger Lars said...

Has anyone tried bacon? Maybe it'll be nice and crisp after a long session... I could imagine some very nice tones (going towards brown as the bacon cooks...)

February 25, 2011 4:04 AM  
Blogger Steve Gravano said...


February 25, 2011 7:22 AM  
Blogger Brian said...


February 25, 2011 8:24 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Awesome. I'd hate to get the strobe all sticky after the fact.

...and I thought I was creative using different colored plastic bags.

February 25, 2011 8:29 AM  
Blogger Ted said...

Ooohhhhh that Necessity... always having kids....

February 25, 2011 8:53 AM  
Blogger Jeffrey said...

Set to manual, +3EV :)

February 25, 2011 9:11 AM  
Blogger cdlink said...

This was fun. Thx.

February 25, 2011 10:05 AM  
OpenID corkap said...

So he's up the side of a very steep looking slab of ice, carrying a D3s, sb600, sb800, and SU800, and says that in order to "minimize the kit brought to keep the pack light, flash accessories were limited". Made me chuckle - them Rosco gels must be heavy!

February 25, 2011 10:25 AM  
Blogger Scott E. Detweiler said...

I would be scared to death of the sticky and melted mess they would leave behind.

February 25, 2011 10:35 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I am curious how many stops were lost.

February 25, 2011 10:39 AM  
Blogger Bao Ngo said... any means necessary

February 25, 2011 11:27 AM  
Blogger MasterOfGoingFaster said...

I once used food coloring added to a rectangular clear bottle of water to get a color "gel". I think it is "Fuji" brand water, available in many stores in the USA.

February 25, 2011 1:30 PM  
Blogger Kolman said...

No gaffers tape, velcro, or straps needed! Just bend 'em and stick 'em!

February 25, 2011 2:07 PM  
Blogger CC said...

Red, Green, Yellow, CTO all good. But what unearthly flavour gives you blue?

February 25, 2011 2:35 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

I've never liked the flavor of Roscoe gels!

February 25, 2011 2:42 PM  
Blogger whitcombemedia said...

Not sure if this would interest you in anyway but have a look when you get some time. It's a promo for McDonalds here in American Samoa and all we used for lighting was a LED torch and an iPhone 4 light

February 25, 2011 2:50 PM  
OpenID jchphotography said...

Perhaps a bag of Cheerios as a gobo? Could make for some interesting shadows on the walls...

February 25, 2011 6:19 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Mmmmm, tasty! Will you be providing these at the Flashbus tour? I'm pregnant and get hungry every 2 hours.

February 25, 2011 7:01 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

pretty cool!!

February 25, 2011 9:41 PM  
OpenID kurtwerks said...

I am a sick unit. As I read this I decided to take fruit roll-ups on my March snowshoeing trip in Yosemite. Not, "What shall I take to keep warm and hydrated?" but, "What can I take to get cool lighting?"

February 26, 2011 1:13 AM  
Blogger Mr.H said...

I found this information easy to digest..

February 26, 2011 3:50 AM  
Blogger BallardFamily said...

Says the wise owl- "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a lolly-SB800-pop: a one...a two...CRUNCH"!

February 26, 2011 9:46 AM  
Blogger JW Stovall said...

"We laughed like little kids."

February 26, 2011 6:13 PM  
Blogger Sodabowski said...

Lick & Stick gels, my favorite!

March 01, 2011 6:44 PM  
Blogger davidanthonyart said...

LOL I used to use (I guess I still do at time colored balloons. They can be really interesting and versatile. Easy to store/replace and apply :)

March 17, 2011 2:26 PM  

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