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Devon Barker Stills & Motion - Hiking Quandary - Breckenridge, Colorado

Using Gels on Mt Quandary with Attack PAK and Gregory Mtn Products

A few weeks ago Joe Cernik and I headed up Quandary as part of his #Milesforpeyton project. If you haven’t already, go check it out here:

This was Joe’s first winter 14er and we were both stoked to get up there for some evening photos for Joe’s sponsor Attack PAK, and to try out the new Baltoro that Gregory sent me for testing.

You can checkout a few final images in the blog post here but this is behind the camera so let’s talk photo stuff (affiliate links below)!


Pretty minimal kit since we had to get up to 14,000 but I always try to bring at least a couple lights with triggers and on this day I was glad I did. The light was off on the entire way up and I had to start getting creative at the top.


Waiting out the sleet that started about 2/3 of the way up. One comment on the Baltoro is that I love the back access panel for dropping photo gear into.


The light was all over the place and the highlights were as well. We hiked off the back side of the mountain down the ridge and found a spot to start shooting that had an overlook. With the clouds being uncooperative it was time to improvise so I busted out the gel set to try one of my favorite tricks.


When I was in college I was always paying attention to what the famous Joe McNally was up to and was heavily influenced by a couple of his books. Specifically “The Hot Shoe Diaries” was my go to resource for lighting ideas with speedlights.

That book was where I learned the trick of lighting your subject with a gelled light and balancing the camera to that light/lights.


The result with a CTO filter is that your subject is properly white balanced (or close) while your background drops down to a cool blue color.



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