JOE McNALLY’S Interview

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A flight over the garden

Flying Man (selfie) In The Garden

Since I was a kid, I could not figure why people love to spend so much time in their garden. I have been thinking a while since then. And as I turned 45 this year, it’s been a long time, and I guess the answer is actually that I always had better things to do.

While other kids in neighborhood were playing soccer, I had to carry plants for my mum (Mum, don’t get mad! I would do it again if I had to!) from one spot to another and then back because she changed her mind. It happened a few times… And every time I gave a try to make some gardening, it has been a waisted time : flowers died, trees never grew. Hum… I killed several banzais and other vegetal which were supposed to survive at least when parents went away for the weekends…

I live in a nice house with a garden run by my wife. She is the Queen, the garden is her Land and guess what! I carry plants from one spot to another and then back. Isn’t it funny how life turns out to be?

We have a deal : she takes care of the garden, I just take care of the lawn. That’s a man’s thing: You don’t need to be patient, you immediately see the results! You use a machine! It even has an engine and runs with gazoline! So great!!! So twice a week I mow the lawn which provides the satisfaction we all know when we achieve something important you can be proud of. And secretly I want to have a lawn as good the Brits do! But shut! Don’t be so loud, Pete Glogiewicz could hear me and he would pull my leg I guess! :-)

Thru the years, I have developed a great ability of mowing the lawn. Sometimes I run. Some other times I just walk or jump. But when I am happy, I simply prefer to fly! I wonder why nobody does it because you are so much faster and this is so much fun.

Well, anyway, this is a three lights setup. From Left to the right:

1 speed lite camera left aiming at me and simulating a bulb on the wall. Its purpose is to separate the main subject from the background. I think you call it a rime light in English.

Speed lite number 2 is in the house. It’s gelled with a CTO to mimic a tungsten bulb and to avoid black windows. It gives more depth to the picture.

My last speed lite is my main light. It is set on a tripod which is maybe one meter high (as high as my belly). It is aiming at a huge golden reflector which become a big light source.

In LR I darkened the door and in NIK-software I tinted the shot. That’s it. No levitation photoshop tricks, I just jumped 50 times (I am still feeling it) and almost ruined my back!

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It’s different

And I don’t know how to describe it. It’s just fun. And I think there is nothing wrong about that !  :-)

Woman with opened mouth

Inspired by a Japanese photographer named RINKO KAWAUCHI. More about her here: http://www.rinkokawauchi.com/main/index.html

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Speedlights

I want to shoot more and more on location.

The raisons being are :

I love to be outside. I love to compose my shots with elements you can not bring into a studio. Like a shop. A street. Or a garden with a little house. I am not drawn to beautyshots. In fact I love to create a shot and it is easier outside because the backgrounds serving the purpose are already existing, waiting for you to get shot!

So, I bought the Elinchrom Quadra and 4 Speedites. Yongnuo 560 Mark III. They are really cheap. Today I share a few shots done with them.

Marc & His Guitar

This one was shot this afternoon (5.2.2015) in the garden. There is no sun actually. The weather is cloudy. I like self-portraiture because it teaches me to do the all shoot. I am not especially a fan of my appearance but I am available as soon as I decide to be it. No need of a TFP-Contract or whatever and I always agree with my ideas. I also always show up on time. Try to get this at Modelmayhem for free!  :-)

This is a 2 lights setup. Camera right a bare SL gelled (for the sunset feel) aims down at me. Down camera left a SL aims up at the roses and create some shadows on the wall. I fired the camera with an IR-Remote.

Ulli and the tree

3 SL: One fires thru an umbrella, this is my main light, a soft light for the face of my wife. A second SL camera left rims her shape and a third one backlights the flowers in the tree.

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Shooting thru a window with raindrops

Enjoy!

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Shooting At f2.8 In Studio Or Outside Against The Sun

Today I want to share and video I have found in the web about the use of ND filters with strobes.

This is what I was looking for for ages !

Have a look !

http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/how-to-use-nd-filters-with-studio-strobes/

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Websites

A question I often get per email or here on my blog is : “Marc, how should I build my site?”
Actually a tricky question for me. Tricky because I am not a website designer but just a passionnate guy. Now, I have built my blog on my own and, and this was important I did not want to spend too much time and money on it.

So I anwered with guidelines like this : keep it clean, simple and easy.

Last wednesday, the Kelbyone guys did a live show about this and in the meanwhile, it’s online. Please check this video and share my post for those who might be interested as well.

http://kelbytv.com/thegrid/2015/04/30/the-grid-website-critiques-episode-190/

Have a nice labor day!

 

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It’s about speed lights!

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It’S Matthew Smith Jordan

Very interesting video ! Enjoy!

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It’s Yes It’s Me When I Shoot!

unbenannte Fotosession-098

 

Sometimes funny things happen during a shooting and this time, Mister Sun had decided to pay us a visit.

What you see is me shooting at a mirror. I stand in a sunbeam. Sunset has started. Behind me, my wife, under a Beauty Dish. I just think it’s cool.

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