Speedlite Gels.

After watching a Joe McNally, the speedlite king, on I decided to get some gels and have a go at using them. I picked up a Honl speedstrap, and the Sample Kit of Honl Gels from Michaels Camera in Melbourne. I decide to use the Coloured Gels, rather than Colour Correction, to get an effect I was looking for for the Overlander 4wd forum Photography comp of Red Green Blue.

Using the various coloured gels on the 580EXII off camera, fired via CTR301 Wireless Triggers and the tripod mounted 1D MKIII I managed to get the subtle colour effect on the engine of my FT500.

Overall, after layering the 3 shots, some dodgy photoshop masking, the shot was entered. I wasn’t entirely happy with the results. but it was a great first effort.

The 3 Pics:

Final shot:

The setup:


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Canon 1D Mark III Settings

Custom Functions:
C.Fn I-1 Exposure Level increments = 0 1/3 stop Compensation
C.Fn I-2 ISO speed setting increments = 0 1/3 stop
C.Fn I-3 Set ISO speed range = disable.
C.Fn I-4 AE/WB bracketing auto cancel = 0 On
C.Fn I-5 Bracketing sequence = 0
C.Fn I-6 Number of bracketed shots = 0
C.Fn I-7 Spot metering link to AF point = 1 Enable (use active AF point)
C.Fn I-8 Safety shift = 0 Disable – I almost always shoot in Manual mode so this function isn’t relevant.
C.Fn I-9 Select usable shooting modes = disable
C.Fn I-10 Select usable metering modes = disable
C.Fn I-11 Exposure mode in manual exposure = 0
C.Fn I-12 Set shutter speed range = disable
C.Fn I-13 Set aperture value range = disable
C.Fn I-14 Apply shooting/metering mode = disable I haven’t set up any Registered shooting modes yet
C.Fn I-15 Flash synch speed in Av mode = 0

C.Fn II-1 Long exposure noise reduction = 1 Auto – may be useful and there are no penalties for having this set.
C.Fn II-2 High ISO speed noise reduction = 0 Penalties too great if set to on
C.Fn II-3 Highlight tone priority = 1 Enable – greater dynamic range possible
C.Fn II-4 E-TTL II flash metering = 0 Evaluative flash metering
C.Fn II-5 Shutter curtain synch = 0
C.Fn II-6 Flash firing = 0
C.Fn II-7 Viewfinder info. during exposure = 0
C.Fn II-8 LCD panel illumination during bulb = 0
C.Fn II-9 INFO button when shooting = 1 Displays shooting data

C.Fn III-1 USM lens electronic MF = 0
C.Fn III-2 AI Servo tracking sensitivity = 0 Default setting (for the moment)
C.Fn III-3 AI Servo 1st/2nd image priority = 0 AF priority/Tracking priority
C.Fn III-4 AI Servo AF tracking method = 1 Continuous AF tracking priority – note that this function only works if you are using Automatic Point Selection (’ring of fire’) or if you have set AF point expansion (C Fn III-8) around a manually selected focus point.
C.Fn III-5 Lens drive when AF impossible = 0 Focus search on
C.Fn III-6 Lens AF stop button function = 4 One shot/AI Servo switch
C.Fn III-7 AF Microadjustment = 0
C.Fn III-8 AF expansion with selected point = 2 Enable surrounding Assist AF points
C.Fn III-9 Selectable AF point = 0 19 points – I want to be able to use any AF pt
C.Fn III-10 Switch to registered AF point = 1 Enable – I want to be able to switch backwards and forwards instantly between the centre AF point and Automatic point selection
C.Fn III-11 AF point auto selection = 2 Enable AF selection with both command dials for (slightly) better AF point navigation.
C.Fn III-12 AF point display during focus = 0 On
C.Fn III-13 AF point brightness = 0 Not much difference between settings
C.Fn III-14 AF-assist beam firing = 0 Enable
C.Fn III-15 Mirror lockup = 0 Disable
C.Fn III-16 Continuous shooting speed = Disable
C.Fn III-17 Limit continuous shot count = Disable

C.Fn IV-1 Shutter button/AF-ON button = 3 Exposure locked at first press of shutter button; AF on rear AF-On button – but note that I have moved this function to the <*> button using CFn IV-2.1 below.
C.Fn IV-2 AF-On/AE Lock button switch = 1 Use <*> button for AF instead of AF-On button
C.Fn IV-3 Quick Control Dial in metering = 0 Exposure compensation/Aperture
C.Fn IV-4 SET button when shooting = 0 Normal (disabled)
C.Fn IV-5 Tv/Av setting for Manual exposure = 0
C.Fn IV-6 Dial direction during Tv/Av = 0
C.Fn IV-7 Av setting without lens = 1 Enable – useful for synchorizing setting in manual mode if you are using two bodies for example
C.Fn IV-8 WB + media/image size setting = 0
C.Fn IV-9 Recording button function = 0
C.Fn IV-10 Btton function when QC dial = 0
C.Fn IV-11 Focusing Screens = 1 I like to use the Ec-D Grid focusing screen
C.Fn IV-12 Timer length for timer = Disable (Default)
C.Fn IV-13 Shortened release time lag = 0
C.Fn IV-14 Add aspect ratio information = 0
C.Fn IV-15 Add original decision data = 0
C.Fn IV-16 Live view exposure simulation = 1 Enabled


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Canon 20D + BGE2 Grip

The Canon 20D was realeased back in Feb 2004. This 8 megapixel camera was the upgrade tot he Prosumer model Digital SLR in the Canon range, the 10D

elease Status Discontinued
Click for helpMax resolution 3504 x 2336
Click for helpLow resolution 2544 x 1696, 1728 x 1152
Click for helpImage ratio w:h 3:2
Click for helpEffective pixels 8.2 million
Click for helpSensor photo detectors 8.5 million
Click for helpSensor size 22.5 x 15 mm (3.37 cm²)
Click for helpPixel density 2.4 MP/cm²
Click for helpSensor type CMOS
Click for helpSensor manufacturer Canon
Click for helpISO rating 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (H)
Click for helpZoom wide (W)
Click for helpZoom tele (T)
Click for helpDigital zoom No
Click for helpImage stabilization No
Click for helpAuto Focus Multi-BASIS TTL, 9 focus points (diamond shape)
Click for helpManual Focus Yes
Click for helpNormal focus range
Click for helpMacro focus range
Click for helpWhite balance override 6 positions, Kelvin & manual preset
Click for helpAperture range
Click for helpMin shutter 30 sec
Click for helpMax shutter 1/8000 sec
Built-in Flash Yes, pop-up
Flash range 12 m (ISO 100)
External flash Yes, hot-shoe, E-TTL II
Flash modes Auto, On, Red-eye reduction, Off
Click for helpExposure compensation -2 to +2 EV in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps
Click for helpMetering 35 area eval, center weighted, partial
Click for helpAperture priority Yes
Click for helpShutter priority Yes
Click for helpFocal length multiplier 1.6
Lens thread Canon EOS EF, EF-S mount
Click for helpContinuous Drive Yes, 5 fps up to 23 JPEG images
Movie Clips No
Remote control Yes, N3 connector
Self-timer Yes, 10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up)
Click for helpTimelapse recording Yes, by USB cable, TC-80N3 remote controller and PC
Orientation sensor Yes
Click for helpStorage types Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Click for helpStorage included None
Click for helpUncompressed format Yes, RAW
Click for helpQuality Levels Fine, Normal
Click for helpViewfinder Optical (Pentaprism, 95% coverage, 0.9x magnification)
Click for helpLCD 1.8 “
Click for helpLCD Dots 118,000
Click for helpLive View No
Click for helpUSB USB 2.0 (480Mbit/sec)
Click for helpHDMI No
Click for helpWireless No
Click for helpGPS No
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Canon 1390mAh Li-Ion & Charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 770 g (27.2 oz)
Dimensions 144 x 106 x 72 mm (5.7 x 4.2 x 2.8 in)


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Pelican 1500 with Padded Divider Seat – Canon 20D Grip 3 x Flashes and Canon 24-70 F2.8L

I picked up a set of Padded Dividers for my Pelican 1500 Case. This Case is a great size holding a days worth of gear for travel and remaining under the legal size for carry on baggage.


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New Camera – Canon 20D with Battery Grip

I’ve switched from Pentax to Canon. Mainly due to the great variety of lenses and I feel the Canon body is just that little bit better than Pentax. I hadn’t spent big $$ on any of my Pentax so it was an easy transition. Now to aquire a 70-200 F4L, 24-105mm L, 10-22 EFS and 50mm F1.8 lens.


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