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May 16

In In The Field, Travels, Videos at 1:01am

Hey gang….blog’s been, well, a little light lately. Truth be told, I had a hard book deadline to meet, so I shot 13 portraits (none of which I can show here quite yet) in 17 days, then jumped on a plane and headed out to California for a Digital Landscape Workshop Series stop. Whew!

In between finishing the portrait series and coming out here, I managed to spend a wonderful day with Scott Kelby and a video crew from NAPP. They started in my studio, and my garage, and shot everything about that day in the field from the conceptualization of it, to the lens selection, to the packing of the truck. In between we took a tour of the  studio workroom, and talked about pictures, from the ones we were about to shoot to the ones hanging on the wall. I’ve got some of my own stuff up on the walls, but we are blessed at the studio with lots of work from other shooters I have known for many years. And we talked about it all. And then we talked and filmed some more while driving through traffic into the city. And then some more, walking around, assessing the location. And then some more, while shooting. And wrapping. A whole day in other words, from packing the lights to using them, from shooting the job to going back home.

The above is the kind of stuff I shot, which is to say the kind of stuff I’ve shot in NYC for thirty years. A day in the life of a shooter. It won’t be out right away, as they’ve got a bunch of editing to do, but it should be a fun class to take a look and have a listen to. One Quadra flash, with a honeycomb grid. That’s it. One light, high angle, done deal.

Many thanks to Scott and the gang for hanging in the Big Apple for a day. Nothing like shooting in the city……more tk….

Kyle Jerichow says:

on May 16, 2011 at 2:12 am


Good stuff seeing you soo busy! Have fun in Napa, Kamila and I got married out there and had a blast! Awesome Sushi, and awesome sunrises.

Can’t wait to see the photos you are able to create!


Laura says:

on May 16, 2011 at 4:47 am

Why the honeycomb grid in this particular photo Joe? Thanks.

Alberto says:

on May 16, 2011 at 6:10 am

Very original

Paul says:

on May 16, 2011 at 6:12 am

Wow cool shadow, great one Joe.

Bob DeChiara says:

on May 16, 2011 at 6:25 am

Looking forward to watching the video!

david says:

on May 16, 2011 at 7:00 am

I’m looking forward to the class. I really enjoy the Kelby “A Day With. . .” style of instruction.

Tim Kainu says:

on May 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

Hopefully some fun was mixed into your long work days, too!

I love that photo! The shadow flows perfectly. How far out is the light from the top of the image, would you say?

Karen B says:

on May 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

So very true….nothing like it!

Alfredo Oliva says:

on May 16, 2011 at 8:17 am

This is a great shot. I really like it.
A perfect control of light.

Steve Wylie says:

on May 16, 2011 at 8:45 am

That’s just a great image! Yes, it may be simple to execute lighting-wise, but it’s the thought behind it that makes it incredible. Inspiring!

Tim Skipper says:

on May 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

Would book be the one that’s on Amazon Sketching Light? :)

Lee Love Photography says:

on May 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

Joe you really freaked me out when I saw this title. I just finished a series on skateboarders where I only showed their feet and/or their shadows.

I don’t know how you keep up this pace but thank goodness you do because we all enjoy seeing what you will come up with next.

Mike Neale says:

on May 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

BTW, Joe,…your Coronado SEAL pics are popping up everywhere following the OBL matter,…very cool,…well done indeed!


Joe Masucci says:

on May 16, 2011 at 11:58 am

Awesome photo! Can’t wait to read “Sketching Light” and watch your new DVD. Many thanks.

Fotograf HÃ¥kan Ivarsson says:

on May 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Hi Joe. I was caught from the first second. Amazing Picture.

William Chinn says:

on May 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Speaking of the book, I volunteered to get one for Kat and Eric. Please let me know how this can be done the fastest and easiest way. I will even pick up the shipping. Please don’t let me forget. Just a LA attendee who stopped to read their story.

Colinwalks says:

on May 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm

G’Day Joe
Very big thanks for your openess and sharing. I wait patiently, well somewhat, for the video and anything else you share.

Karen Vaisman says:

on May 17, 2011 at 7:39 am

Love the shadow shot! Will the video you mentioned be on Kelby Training? Sounds great! When will it be available?
Love your blog, Joe!

John A. says:

on May 17, 2011 at 8:27 am

New book? Awesome!!! Will be keeping an eye out for your new classes on Kelby Training too!

John says:

on May 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Great photo Joe! Some time ago I wrote a post about who inspires me. After I saw your shot I have to reconsider, you’re a lot better than Chuck Norris 😀

Hannes Uys says:

on May 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm

So simple but yet so effective! Love it!

Ivan says:

on May 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Fantastic! Very creative!

John Swarce says:

on May 19, 2011 at 12:21 am

Can’t wait to see that Kelby Training class, Joe. I’m sure the language will be as colorful as Jay Maisel’s. :)


Ian says:

on May 19, 2011 at 6:50 am

@Tim Kainu
By drawing 2 converging lines from the shadow (foot on the left and knee on the right) past the subject’s foot and knee, I estimate that the light source was about 18 feet away. Very roughly guessed with by fingers on the screen. try it yourself! :-)

Great, imaginative photo

Steve says:

on May 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Joe, wow, man…. wow, I love this photo!

Forrest Gump says:

on May 20, 2011 at 12:18 am

Cool Joe!

aunn says:

on May 22, 2011 at 10:02 am

Wow… What a great shot!!

you have a perfect control of light. Thank for sharing, I will try playing around with a light and shadow. :)

bycostello says:

on May 23, 2011 at 4:10 am

love the shaddow…

Johan Sopiee says:

on May 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm

“Shadows” ROCKS! i’ve been playing with shadows a lot since we met in January but haven’t gotten any shots that come anywhere near this capture. love your perspective and choice of shadow play!

Stephen Nesbitt says:

on May 24, 2011 at 4:20 am

OK, so that is now one of my favourite shots. Damn you again McNally!!!!

Andrea Livieri says:

on May 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm

nice concepts! Amazing Joe…. you Rocks! \m/

Afsel Kamal says:

on June 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm

hi, Joe you rocked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GoodWednesday says:

on November 4, 2011 at 11:14 am

Very beautiful art from the shadows.

Jason Miraples says:

on May 30, 2012 at 3:21 am

Very nice Joe! You’re truly an inspirations. Keep it up!

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