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Aug 26

In Uncategorized at 12:17pm


Here in Iceland with some of the most international photographers I’ve ever had attend a single workshop.  The ten participants came from the US, Canada, Libya, Israel, Spain, Australia and Singapore.

Working with some amazing talent each day, including Ingo (above), a local character, to say the least.

The above is one SB900, shot with a 600 f/4, 1.7TC, TTL line of sight, moon and background, available moon light.

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John Verbruggen says:

on August 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Hey Joe,

I would alse have used a 600 mm an a 1,7 TC to shoot such a dangerous dude 😀 Better to keep some distance…

Duluk says:

on August 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm

600 f/4, 1.7 huh? Were you afraid he was gonna shoot you? :)

Jim Felt says:

on August 26, 2010 at 12:35 pm

What is this? The young but out of shape Ted Nugent on his way to a Tea Bagger meetup?
Nice use of “very assistant required to lug” hardware to replace the use of two minutes of Photoshop time. LOL

Ziv says:

on August 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Where’s Mawgie when you need her?

Fotograf Katowice says:

on August 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Nice shot ! And good portrait’s lens… 600/4 :)

DQuatta says:

on August 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Love Ingo’s picture. He looks really tough with that shot gun, long hair and cig hanging. But the “snuggly” fitted leather jacket breaks things down a bit. Awesome!

René Bruun says:

on August 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Excellent Joe, love it!

Al Power says:

on August 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Ha – love it! nicely shot.

Packing that gun, bet no-one told him his jacket was too small! 😀

Tim Skipper says:

on August 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm

You know it is probably a requirement to be a character to even live in Iceland.

David Apeji says:

on August 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm

So this effectively shot a focal length of 1000mm. Amazing! And is that the moon in the background?

Joel says:

on August 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm

You were at 1020mm?! Holy crap man. Were you 500 feet away or were you just trying to see how far away your TTL could take you? Either way, quite an accomplishment for the flash system.



Oh, and this guy kinda looks like Mikey from OCC, but a little scarier.

Mike Sylvia says:

on August 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Love the site and your work, but that guy should put a bullet in that font. Arrrrggh. Curse you Zapfino.

Wolfgang says:

on August 26, 2010 at 5:06 pm


Ben Mathis says:

on August 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Any chance you’ll do an open bar night where non workshop members can meet the man and the legend? I’m local here in Rvk, and having bought and read cover-to-cover both your books, it’s killing me not to get to meet you while here.

liisa says:

on August 26, 2010 at 5:51 pm

For a moment I thought that was you, Joe, and that the long days had gotten to you!
If you shot that with a 600 and a TC, how far were you from Ingo?

John Leonard says:

on August 26, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Hi Joe,

Great shot. Just wanted to say thanks for all of the lessons, books, and the two workshops I attended. If you remember back to July in Dobbs I had told you I wanted to be the Joe McNally of wedding photography. Well, This past week I met with a client who said, “Your images really remind me of something I would see in National Geographic. The light and the colors just really stand out.” I was floored! That was one of the best compliments I have ever been paid about my work. Best part is they booked me for their wedding day next may.

So, Thank You! Without so much information you have put out there I would not be able to make the images I’m becoming known for.

Phil Mello says:

on August 26, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Way to go joe.

Stefan says:

on August 26, 2010 at 7:30 pm

…….f***ing spiffing shot(gun), again, you bright up my day!!!

Paul says:

on August 26, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Great Shot Joe!!(Pun definitely intended)

But if you’d just come to Canada we wouldn’t have to send a delegate to Iceland! Just sayin…

Kevin Rabito says:

on August 26, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Small jacket… who cares when you carrying a shotgun. Nice photo. No light reflection in the sun glasses, that would usually get me… the reflection.
Thinking about the one day lighting workshop in Hartford, CT. Have a couple questions, is there someone I can email regarding it?

rc says:

on August 26, 2010 at 9:14 pm


Bill Bogle Jr. says:

on August 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm

So that is where Phillip Seymour Hoffman went when he left Fairport, NY.

Bill Bogle, Jr.

Tishan Baldeo says:

on August 26, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Hi Joe,

Big Fan! Great use of lens compression! You must of had to stand way back.

Take Care

Dan Liddiard says:

on August 27, 2010 at 12:12 am

I’m not Joe McNally but I believe that Joe shot the big 600 lens and a 1.7 to make the moon bigger. I love the size relationship between the model and the Moon. However for my tastes I’d like to see the moon a little sharper. I think is sized and composed very well for a post card, I like it. It makes me want to shoot with the super long lens to get that huge moon.

Tirthankar says:

on August 27, 2010 at 12:33 am

was such a huge focal length used only for the perspective. Did you start the shoot with this particular shot in mind or did it keep evolving as the shoot progressed? would love to hear your thoughts.

Eileen says:

on August 27, 2010 at 2:38 am

Wonderful picture – very surreal! Can’t wait to see more.

Steve Ashton says:

on August 27, 2010 at 3:18 am

The 600mm +TC would be needed for the image size of the moon, I guess.

jacob says:

on August 27, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Hey Joe, what’s the ISO. Loving the work, you know you rock.

Rikke Rask says:

on August 28, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Given that the lens as an angle of view along the long edge of 2° at that focal length, I’d guestimate that Joe was 40-45 meters from Ingo.

Harold Chin A Sen says:

on August 29, 2010 at 4:18 am

Hey Joe, great picture ! … a big moon because of the 600mm ..

JS Photography says:

on August 29, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Awesome portrait!

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