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Feb 26

In In The Field at 4:06am

Busy couple of weeks. Went from KelbyOne in Tampa to LA to shoot for LIFE, then Vancouver to teach. Left Vancouver on a red eye to Washington DC, continued the LIFE job, and then rotated back to Van for our last days at the Vancouver Photo Workshops. Flew from Vancouver to home, did laundry, jumped on a plane to London, where I am right now.

Cali, our very capable first assistant, stayed with me through Tampa, LA, and Vancouver. I left him behind in Vancouver, on his own for three days, a stint of dangerously idle time from which that fair city has perhaps not recovered. Jon was in Tampa, went back to the studio, re-upped a new gear pack, threw it in the truck and rolled it Washington. He met me when I got off the redeye at Reagan National, and we went straightaway to shoot. Worked for three days, and then he dropped me back at Reagan, and I was off to Vancouver, and he headed north. I rejoined Cali in Van, and we finished our stint there for VPW, and then did similarly quick laundry and chores, and came here to the UK.

While in Tampa, we did a couple videos for the Kelby clan, playing the the notion of motion. One thing we showed was an in camera double exposure, during which the subject moves position. When Cali and Jon were working with me to set the lighting, they gave the camera the above expressions. Hmmm.

Now, we are blessed at McNally Photo with the fact that Lynn, our intrepid studio manager is also the accounts payable department, the production department, the client liaison officer, and, well, the list goes on. She is also the human resources department, thankfully, so if they walk into her office with disgruntled expressions such as above, she will smile sweetly at them and crack them in the back of the head and tell them to get back to work. (Think Gibbs in NCIS.)

Kidding, of course, at least most of the time. Lynn, in addition to running the studio, is also an advisor, confidante and overall font of sage wisdom about photography, and the art of life and business for these young men. We are truly blessed at our shop. In addition to Lynn and the guys, we also have Lynda, who helps keep everything glued together. Everybody works incredibly hard at keeping us bobbing along in the turbulent sea of photographic endeavor.

For the KelbyOne videos, we stayed simple a lot of the time, trying to examine how to make one speed light and one hot light work to produce a simple motion result, such as below. We examined the basics of front curtain, rear curtain, color shifts, etc. We also did some more complicated stuff like hang a camera on a bicycle and an ambulance. They will hopefully be fun to watch.

In Vancouver, I was demonstrating a tight, beauty dish attachment for a speed light, and some high speed flash techniques, and got a couple frames that were decent of Aaron, who has a wonderful face for this kind of a light.

More tk….


Life with Kaishon says:

on February 26, 2014 at 6:17 am

I love how you treat your employees. That is a sign of greatness!
Don’t work too hard.

Michael says:

on February 26, 2014 at 9:11 am

I say to my co-worker after reading to her the first paragraph: “How cool is that! This guy is travelling all over the world doing what he loves!” – She replies: “Does he have kids? You know you can’t do that once you have kids.” – What a buzzkill. haha

You’re the man, Joe, thanks for being the inspiration you are to all of us just coming into the game. It’s not the first quarter anymore, but it certainly isn’t nearing the final buzzer.

John K says:

on February 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Joe. I’m glad to hear that you and the entire gang is up and very busy. Great stuff. Love the Gibbs NCIS, reference.
Stay busy.

Artur M. says:

on February 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I’m not sure if I’m reading this correctly, but are you saying that there is going to be a new video `by Joe McNally’ on KelbyOne? :) That’s exciting, I can’t wait!

Richard says:

on February 26, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Great article as always. Can’t wait to hear your talk in the UK on Monday 3rd March

Terry Sweeney says:

on February 26, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Great work. Really like the Work you do with Kelby. But hey is it really work when your doing what you love.
Keep it up

Thomas Campbell says:

on February 27, 2014 at 3:14 am

Love your pictures and enjoyed your comments on the grid. Glad your so busy in these slack times.Good health and God bless.

Tom McKean says:

on February 27, 2014 at 5:59 am

The usual busy photographer with assignments, schedules that can be daunting for the aspiring photographers starting out.. Keep up the good work Joe. You’re an inspiration.

Aaron Aubrey says:

on February 28, 2014 at 1:26 pm

It was a pleasure getting the opportunity to assist you and Cali last weekend.hope to catch you again if they don’t choose to keep you outta the country!! And thanks for putting my mug up on the blog!! 😀

Dave Benson says:

on March 5, 2014 at 4:43 pm

take me… take me…

I would love this from my boss…

ron says:

on March 7, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Joe, great comments, stories, and awesome pics

Lyle says:

on March 13, 2014 at 7:16 pm

It’s hard being old; I remember “Gibbs” as the QB at UCLA…

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