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Dusseldorf Diaries

Apr 16

In In The Field at 1:23am

In Germany now, rotating to various cities on the 4th edition of Nikon Europe’s “Speed of Light” tour. Lotta fun, great people.

Worked the other day at Brabus, who design, engineer, and re-tool cars that sell for over a half million dollars. Yikes. In the showroom, they had a huge curtain made basically of strings. In the distance was a white wall. Hmmm…..


One SB900, about 80 feet away. Raw light, nothing fancy. Warm gel. Part the curtains, enter Eva. Blog’s a little light this week. Traveling like crazy, and meeting some book deadlines. More tk….

Toby says:

on April 16, 2010 at 1:45 am

Hi Joe, welcome to Germany!

What do you think about germany? Nice city, hm?

Kind regards from Essen (15mi north of Dusseldorf)

Patrik says:

on April 16, 2010 at 1:45 am

Good luck with the volcanic ashclouds that has taken over Europe. Alot of flights are canceled and airports are closed in quite a few countries.
I´m stuck in London and cant get home to Sweden, yet.
Happy days! :)

Sarah Kavanaugh says:

on April 16, 2010 at 1:56 am

The kind of face you can light with one strobe and she’s still stunning. I’d look stunned.

Glyn Dewis says:

on April 16, 2010 at 2:00 am

Hey Joe, did you say ‘Book Deadlines’??? Could this mean another McNally book is going to be hitting the shelves in the not too distant future???

Great shot as always,

Lars Böttcher says:

on April 16, 2010 at 2:04 am

Where the hell can i get the dates for Germany ?

My biggest idol right behind Indiana Jones is in Germany and i haven´t noticed it !!!!!!!


Borys says:

on April 16, 2010 at 2:16 am

You are Light Ninja.

Herr Olsen says:

on April 16, 2010 at 2:39 am

Düsseldorf… cool.
Just around the corner.
We should hav gone for a coffee…

Ruedi says:

on April 16, 2010 at 2:45 am

Book deadlines? Sounds interesting! When can we expect something?

Best regards from Bern

P.S. Just got my confirmation for the workshop in Zürich. Looking forward to meeting you

Kevin Iliingworth says:

on April 16, 2010 at 2:56 am

Hi Joe,

Welcome to Europe. You may be there longer than you thought! Lets you add Volcano cancelled flight to the no doubt long list of travel hiccups.

Fabio says:

on April 16, 2010 at 3:02 am

You are in Germany right now? Working for Brabus? Wow, hope they pay you in cars 😉 Is there any chance to catch you on a workshop/seminar in Germany? I browsed Nikon Germany but could not find anything about a “Speed of Light” tour.

Konfral says:

on April 16, 2010 at 3:07 am

“Book deadlines” – please elaborate…

Ban_D says:

on April 16, 2010 at 3:15 am

Nice shot – looks pretty much like available light would come over windows!

Dennis Owens says:

on April 16, 2010 at 3:19 am

Joe, Great seminar! I really learned a lot of valuable information that I can use in my Event Photography. Your are a great teacher of this technology intermixed with a lot of humor. Ive read both of your books, yet seeing you in action with your explanations of why you do what you do really made it for me. Thanks a million! If you are doing a job in Germany and are in need of a Grip, let me know, it would be an honor. Al the best and Good Light! Dennis

Stefan says:

on April 16, 2010 at 3:26 am

I was at your workshop in Hamburg yesterday and it was great to see you live. Thx for sharing your experience!

Olivier Bouton says:

on April 16, 2010 at 3:33 am

Simple, super effective. Gorgeous woman. Striking.
Man, what a hard life 😉

John says:

on April 16, 2010 at 3:38 am

Great to see that you are in Europe hopefully the Volcanic Ash Cloud won’t effect your trip! RE: your picture of the model, that’s staggeringly great light from just one strobe and a pair for curtains!!! Indeed ‘we are not worthy’!

Kāzu fotogrāfs says:

on April 16, 2010 at 3:49 am

Great posing and floor! Nice job.

hfng says:

on April 16, 2010 at 3:54 am

Looking forward to more photos!

Ronald says:

on April 16, 2010 at 4:41 am

Hi Joe,

Nice shot! Which cities in Europe will the Speed of Light tour attend?


Huybert van de Stadt says:

on April 16, 2010 at 4:53 am

Nice frame, and with little gear. Good one!!

Any chance you are visiting holland some where in the upcoming “Speed of Light” tour.?



Takki says:

on April 16, 2010 at 4:57 am

Hi Joe, I was wondering weather you made it to Germany because of the volcano. Glad to hear you are here – looking forward to meeting you on Sunday.

Xlphotographer says:

on April 16, 2010 at 5:05 am

Beware the ash. Must be a sign that says: “we don’t need no stinking Canon, shoot Nikon!”

Kholloud says:

on April 16, 2010 at 5:09 am

Dear, Hope your enjoying the time seems very intersting busy Dusseldorf time .. its is a lovely city with obviously lovely model a like ladies … 😉 i love the raw, natural light of the pic

Take care .. the Iceland volcano cloud may effects your return time .. I hope not

Frank says:

on April 16, 2010 at 5:30 am

Thx for the workshop @ Brabus ( remember the Black Benz at the left from Eva 😉 )
Looks like real Sunlight …. amazing!


MisterB says:

on April 16, 2010 at 6:01 am

Book deadlines??? What can we be looking forward too?

frank johannes says:

on April 16, 2010 at 6:09 am

looking forward to see you later in berlin 😉
all the best

Samo says:

on April 16, 2010 at 6:49 am

Hi Joe!

As always … above perfect!

See you on Monday in Ljubljana, Slovenia!


Samo T.

Colorado Wedding Photographer, JasonG says:

on April 16, 2010 at 7:58 am

No need to make long posts – just keep sweet images (like this one) coming. Love the SB900!

Ken Toney says:

on April 16, 2010 at 8:03 am

Me like Eva :)

William Chinn says:

on April 16, 2010 at 8:19 am

Do you have a translator or is everyone expected to be proficient in photographic English? Are the typical McNally’s “epiphanies” understood?

Alan West says:

on April 16, 2010 at 8:51 am


Am following your videos on Kelby and wondered where else you will be visiting in europe as would love to get to see you work in the flesh so to speak.



Michael says:

on April 16, 2010 at 8:51 am

Thanks for the workshop at Bottrop!



PS: Eva was amazing…

Ziserfan says:

on April 16, 2010 at 9:02 am

A Zumbrella wouldn’t have left that harsh shadow…lol

Omar Ibrahim says:

on April 16, 2010 at 9:24 am

Loved it.

Lewis Coward says:

on April 16, 2010 at 9:34 am

Enjoy Europe. When do you do the UK?

Victor Augusteo says:

on April 16, 2010 at 9:38 am

wow man, how did you get that great light from 24 meters away? (yes, i have to convert them to meter :P) sb900 full power?

anyway, i will be definetely coming to your workshop if you ever come to australia :)


Jay Mann says:

on April 16, 2010 at 10:36 am


Cool effect, it took a few minutes to understand exactly what you did. I always look at the pictures before reading the text.:) What can I say? I am a slow learner.

Howard Haby says:

on April 16, 2010 at 10:56 am

Bare flash. It looks great.

Skip Barber says:

on April 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm

You mean there us going to be a Mcally book I don’t have? Not for long I hope.

Girish says:

on April 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm


Enjoy the trip(s). Keep posting.

Carl Schaefer says:

on April 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Joe, is that the same model you used for the high-key shot of the woman in the white sink? (She’s wearing a white dress with a red flower in her hair.) That photo is one of my favorite McNally photos. Innocent, yet …. beckoning.

c.d.embrey says:

on April 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Great shot. I’d like to see more like this.

Sorta reminds me of the work of Juergen and Terry.

Ranger 9 says:

on April 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Do you really like that shadow, or are you just whistling past the graveyard?

Ulrich says:

on April 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I was at Düsseldorf and it was great to see your way to the picture! Marvelous! Thanks for this experience!

David Apeji says:

on April 16, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Tell me again. That shot was lit with nothing but a single SB900?

ziserfan says:

on April 16, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Wow, never seen a bigger group of suckups!

Tom Hunter says:

on April 16, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Pretty girl.

kris winser says:

on April 17, 2010 at 4:26 am

80feet?! crikey.

Robert says:

on April 17, 2010 at 6:19 am

Hey guys,
A student from one of my photo classes is stuck in Dusseldorf, bouncing between the airport and hotels. Anybody have a way to get to Paris?
Or maybe something cool to shoot until things clear up?

Po-Ming Chu says:

on April 17, 2010 at 10:36 am

Ooh Ooh new book! Fan waves affectionately with wide grin of anticipation and joy.

Ralf aus Hamburg says:

on April 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Hi Joe!

Thanks for the nice event in Hamburg! It was very interesting for me.

Jim says:

on April 17, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Nice Pins!

Tibor says:

on April 17, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Hi Joe,

Would love to participate on a workshop of yours in Europe.
Where could I find the details of your courses?

I hope you enjoy your days in Europe.

Best regards,

Jonas says:

on April 18, 2010 at 8:45 am

Hi Joe.

For how long would you stay?? Are there any chance of meeting up with you?? (Did not see this EU-trip on any post?)

If you have a couple of days extra, due to the vulcano ashes, please let us know! Maybe you could be picked up for a short trip to Denmark? 😉

Thanks alot for getting me an answer.


Oliver & Iris says:

on April 19, 2010 at 4:30 am

Hi Joe,

once again: It was a great shooting in Hamburg and we´re just wanted to say THX!
Hope to see ya again =o)
Enjoy your time in europe and also big wishes to your wife…

“The Bodybuilder & his wife”
Oliver & Iris Reinhardt

Alex Campagna says:

on April 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Hey Joe, how does it feel to be thrown at the bottom of a cliff?

Alessandra Meniconzi says:

on April 19, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Dear Joe!
finally you are in Europe! Great.
I will come to Zürich.
Your book help me a lot…but still have a lot to learn.
Do you come also to South Switzerland!
The California of Switzerland 😉
Or do you come in Milan.
Just a question I have to bring my camera, lenses and flash???

All the best and have a nice trip

c.d.embrey says:

on April 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm

@ Ranger 9

Yes, I really do like the shadow. Nothing wrong with shadows, I’ve seen them in Los Angeles and I’ve seen them in New York. On desert sands and on mountain snow. I’ve seen them in advertising shot by Mario Testino, Terry Richardson, Juergen Teller and Patrick Demarchelier. I’ve seen them in Vogue and Numero. Seems like I’m not the only one to like shadows.

LaDra says:

on April 19, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Hi Joe,

Did you used only one SB900 or several at sametime?
Was it CLS on regular power?

Sorry for the amateur question, but better ask to keep without knowing for ever.


Daniel Salazar says:

on April 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Hi Joe, I would like to attend any of your workshops here in Europe, Switzerland to be more precisely. I’ve read your schedule and never saw any mention about this tour, are you coming back? where can I find these dates in order to reserve a place?

Ben Madden says:

on April 22, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Joe, this is now my favorite photo of yours. Something about the simplicity, clean lines, colors and Eva adds up to more than the individual parts (don’t tell the sunset outriggers that they’ve been bumped down to #2).

Mustafa Sazak says:

on May 3, 2010 at 7:32 am

Absoluteyly fantastic!

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