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An Asian Welcome

Jan 10

In In The Field at 9:34am

The amazing and sought after super model Evon Tan is stalked by paparazzi! Borrowed a page from my bud David Hobby’s notebook, and did a TTL version of celebrity mayhem with a workshop class this week. Main light, Group A, with a Lumiquest LTP light shaper, Group B, all of our press corps, and Group C, two red gelled lights in the back of the room. Lots of fun, and the type of thing that gets everybody out of their seat and involved.

Asian hospitality, is of course, legendary. And we have certainly experienced the warmest of welcomes here. Man, do I have some major thank you’s to offer.  At our first stop,  Nikon Hong Kong got the ball rolling with a week of seminars, workshops and lectures.

Worked regularly this week with Evon, which is not exactly a chore. 85mm Nikkor f1.4, very sharp.

Changed up and went for lots of DOF with a 14-24 approach.

Production shots from the two pix above, both done with one SB900 into an Ezybox hot shoe soft box. In terms of small flash, the Ezy box has simply become the de facto go to light source out there. Super collapsible, and a beautiful quality of light.

Tried some high speed sync with an impromptu light shaper.

The classes have all had the huge benefit of working with some great gear. Marco Tortato, who runs the Manfrotto School of Xcellence, worked tirelessly with his Asian colleagues to ship yards of lights supports, clamps, c-stands and just about anything else you could put a light on to our various destinations. The Shriro group provided Lastolite gear–Tri-grips, Ezyboxes, umbrellas, you name it. All the classes split into shooting teams and had a chance to work with lots of different light shapers, models and light.

Nothing like a flying fish!

All production pix shot by Louis Pang and Drew Gurian.

Shift this week to Singapore.  Next week, will be in Kuala Lumpur for Creative Asia. Big thanks to Louis Pang, who really pulled all this together.  By the way, the blog looks different. More on that, as they say, tk….

William Beem says:

on January 10, 2011 at 9:52 am

Glad you mentioned the change in the blog look. Those of us on Google Reader wouldn’t have known, otherwise. Very nice, clean look to it.

Enjoy the rest of the Asian tour. Looking forward to the next update.

Tim Skipper says:

on January 10, 2011 at 10:01 am

That looks like so much fun, oh and BTW is it possible to make a bad picture of Evon? She is beautiful

Gabriel Not says:

on January 10, 2011 at 10:26 am

Great post!

Alfred says:

on January 10, 2011 at 10:41 am

Welcome to Singapore! Thanks for autographing my copy of the “Hot Shoe Diaries”. Great speech about your 30 years!

antonio mercurio says:

on January 10, 2011 at 11:04 am

To take a part of this experience have to be great, I hope I can do it too one day, thanks for share it from these few photos a lot informations !

Derek Pell says:

on January 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Love this post — also the fresh blog design for the new year.

Have a great 2011!

Steve Schuenke says:

on January 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I wholeheartedly agree — the combination of the EZYbox and the tri-grip is hard to beat for location lighting. I can’t tell from the production shots though, what hardware are you using to link the paint pole to the EZYbox?
Steve Schuenke

Mo says:

on January 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Great pics Joe. Looks like a lot of fun. I just have a question for you. On the 6th pic, the one with softbox/boom arm setup. what kind of accessories did you use? is it just the boom stand/arm and the stuff that came with the EZ softbox or did you use additional accessories to be able to tilt the softbox? I cannot tell from the pic. Thanks

Iden Ford says:

on January 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Were you using the 30″ Ezybox?
And the one shot on the skybridge of the model has a blue background on the bridge. Did you gel the key light with a cto and wb the camera at Tungsten to get that deeper shade of blue?
Nice jacket with you on the podium
Great stuff Joe

Edwin says:

on January 11, 2011 at 3:41 am

I love the new look of the blog. I shows off your personality Joe! too bad you rarely come to Manila. 😎

Theis Poulsen says:

on January 11, 2011 at 4:14 am

Funny thing is these things makes me want to go to the other side of the world for a workshop.

They just look like they are cooler than any other workshop.

Two opstions create something like it in europe or save up for the trip…. hmmm me know thinking :)

Glyn Dewis says:

on January 11, 2011 at 5:07 am

Yet again I find myself sat here in silence looking through your shots. Great stuff as always Joe and that first David Hobby-esque shot is killer!

Thanks for sharing and enjoy your time out there.
Best wishes to you and yours,

Andrew says:

on January 11, 2011 at 8:28 am

Joe, you should post the photo with the Mad Man behind Evon

Ingoman says:

on January 11, 2011 at 8:35 am

Have been waiting desperately for this post. Looks like u had a ball. Still sad that we could nit make it. We were traveling just a bit ahead for the stops in Sg and KL.
Have fun.
Greetings from Sydney already

Ingoman says:

on January 11, 2011 at 8:36 am

Great new blog theme btw! Well done!

Tonia says:

on January 11, 2011 at 9:39 am

Thanks for sharing the set-up shots as well as the completed images. I also enjoyed seeing the different angles. As always inspirational work!

Keith I says:

on January 11, 2011 at 9:52 am

Huge thanks, Joe! You talked about the EzyBox at the New Hampshire DLWS and I finally bought the 24″ model. Seeing this blog post inspired me to finally get it out and put it to use. WOW! What an outstanding tool! I know it will get a lot of use. Time to look up my notes from DLWS for some of your pointers…

Brian Worley says:

on January 11, 2011 at 11:10 am

Wow another great range of pictures. I can somehow imagine the conversation with a check-in clerk when you try to travel with a section of crowd control barrier and talk of it as a light modifier :-)


Mathieu Wauters says:

on January 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Great post, great models, lovely new blog look!

Bob DeChiara says:

on January 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Love the new look and pics. Thanks for sharing.

Gary Martin says:

on January 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Man i wish i was there..Excellent stuff..Love it as always..

Martin says:

on January 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Joe, great new design! Looks fantastic!
BTW: Will you do a tour in Germany at some point in the future? I’d love to take one of your classes. Come to munich, the oktoberfest is waiting for you! :)


JerseyStyle Photography says:

on January 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Yet another great McNally Production. Looks like an awesome time.

And nice new look to the blog! Me likey!

Holly Bain says:

on January 11, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Love the new look of the blog.

Ivan says:

on January 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm

That looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing your behind the scenes shots. Wonderful!

Tony Sal says:

on January 11, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Everytime your web designer changes the look of your blog I always say “Why did they do that?”

I always preferred the prior version. Change just for the sake of a New Year does not always make sense as the visual identity previously established is lost.

I suggest considering that for next year but only if you can go back to last year’s style.


Tony Sal

Paul says:

on January 12, 2011 at 10:13 am

Hi Joe, it was such an honor to meet you last week, I had a blast and learned so much. It was great to be able to see you work first hand, you truly are an inspiration!

Please if you can, post the jump shot you took in the stair well – breathtaking and unforgettable!

Thanks again for your patience, guidance and inspiration! Best of luck for the rest of the tour.

Best wishes,


gary says:

on January 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

fabulous color for the images and super clean blog design layout.

Raglan Siu says:

on January 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm

WAHAHA…I am There Tooo )))


Patrik Lindgren says:

on January 13, 2011 at 3:29 am

Nice new design on the blog. I especially like the Numnut´s drawing in the upper right corner. :)
Looking forward to see more epic stuff from you in 2011.

Viveca says:

on January 13, 2011 at 8:09 am

Great post, really interesting and enjoyable to see behind the scenes at this shoot, plus excellent photographs to go with it!

Jacques says:

on January 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

Great post, Joe! Had not heard of the EZYBox until I saw this post. Have now done quite a bit of research and plan to pick up a set for use with my SB-900 on an upcoming trip to Kenya.

Tom says:

on January 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Just wanted to reinforce the comment regarding the orange link text. It’s barely readable here. The equipment page in particular is now very hard to read.

Alexis says:

on January 14, 2011 at 10:41 am

Great presentation, informative, enlightening — and fun! Thank you!

carson says:

on January 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Great images, makes me wish I was there.

Pau says:

on January 15, 2011 at 6:56 am

This summer i have done my own version of this picture, when i was doing a photographyc course.
The model was Maria, and we work really good. I use one 580EXII througth an umbrella on my left.
Them we use another 580 on the back, for the blue light.

Vincent says:

on January 16, 2011 at 11:36 am

Looks fun! Great behind the scenes pictures.
Really like photo nr5 with the blue gells.

Photopoly says:

on January 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm

It is nice to see behind the scenes at this shoot. also it is nice photos!

Brian Powell Photography says:

on January 24, 2011 at 10:08 am

The warmed one of Evon in the blue (tungsten) walkway is great! I steal that combo all the time 😉 Thanks..

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