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Amazing Faces, Gracious People

May 2

In Travels at 12:29am


Just a quick note from NIPHEC, in Lagos, Nigeria, which is definitely a whirling dervish of a city. There is an amazing energy here in the burgeoning photographic community. Fly home on Friday to an assignment in DC this weekend, and then Denver, and, by the end of next week, I’ll be teaching at the Julia Dean Workshops in LA for the first time. Lagos to DC to Denver to LA–that’ll be a bit of a head spin.

For the technically inclined, Udoka is facing off with a new Lastolite umbrella box, which has a really deep parabola shape. I’ve stuck a ratcheting Tri-flash in it, and then caught a little glimmer of the light for the back of her orange scarf with a gold, reflective version of a Tri-flip, which is just a really handy relfector/diffuser that pretty much goes with us everywhere.

More tk….

MsChiefe says:

on May 2, 2013 at 3:18 am

It looks incredible! I can’t wait to see what you’ll do next at your next class in Nigeria

Samuel Duru says:

on May 2, 2013 at 3:42 am

Brilliantly shot photograph of stunning Udoka!

Charlie says:

on May 2, 2013 at 8:29 am

Found your inspiration for the Tri-Flash, There are not many details available, would you please fill in some of the specs and the type of Graflex you used. Thanks

Nikolay says:

on May 2, 2013 at 8:53 am

YeS Amazing work as usual Joe I’m also waiting for the next images!!!

MaryT says:

on May 2, 2013 at 10:48 am

What a beautiful evocative portrait. Love it.

imageCORE says:

on May 2, 2013 at 10:58 am

Really beautiful Joe!

Ashley says:

on May 2, 2013 at 11:03 am

She is stunning – beautiful work!

Design Connection Inc. says:

on May 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Beautiful pictures. Looking forward to the next post.

Udoka says:

on May 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Thanks Samuel! The next one will blow you away.

E. Olusegun Aderinto says:

on May 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Joe is a great teacher, fun to be with. Fantastic shot with great lighting. Salute!

Kevin says:

on May 2, 2013 at 6:56 pm

I once heard an interview with Scott Kelby and he spoke of a portfolio review in which you had told him he was great at making beautiful people look beautiful and that he needed to photograph interesting people or something to that effect. I took that statement to heart for myself and have been working to photograph interesting people and make them look as amazing ans I can this image is of an amazing and beautiful person and portrait and I am summarily impressed and motivated to continue my quest.

thank you for the honest insperation

Ivan says:

on May 3, 2013 at 12:52 am

The class was just awesome. Thanks Joe.

Ménage Lille says:

on May 3, 2013 at 4:31 am

I love the light & colors. Good work!

Matt says:

on May 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm

If you need a hand in DC this week-end, I’m free! (in time and $)

olamide bakare says:

on May 4, 2013 at 6:02 am

Was a nice time learning from you Joe. Hoping to have u back in Nigeria anytime soon!

Tips Fotografi says:

on May 5, 2013 at 5:54 am

Really beautiful Joe!
I love the light, colors and your work!

Kingsley Momoh says:

on May 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Thumbs up….that’s all!

Lawrence Bredenkamp says:

on May 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Joe. Great portrait mate.
I was born and raised in what is now Zimababwe and can tell you (or should I say your readers) that photographing Africans in all their traditional dress is awesome. They all seem to be not only photogenic but able to express themselves and emotions in a way that the camera can capture.
A great continent for portrait work.
Thanks for sharing.

Femi Adewuyi says:

on May 7, 2013 at 2:11 am

Joe’s gentleman and a natural teacher.
Thanks for sharing from your truckload of knowledge and insight.

Jere says:

on May 7, 2013 at 5:55 am

Beautiful. looking forward to seeing and reading more about your African trip.

Cathy says:

on May 7, 2013 at 6:06 am

Crazy good portrait, just amazing. One of my facorites all time!

Ilkka Nissilä says:

on May 10, 2013 at 7:18 am

Is this with the parabolic, reflective mega umbrella? Did you use a diffusing cover? The gradation is amazing.

Micheal says:

on May 15, 2013 at 12:28 am

It was great learning from Joe McNally, hope to have you back in Nigeria soon!

Alvi says:

on March 8, 2014 at 8:17 am

So beautiful Joe!

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