Hey everyone – RC here. If you have spent any time on this blog or at KelbyOne, you have more often than not come across of Joe McNally. With over 30 years in the business, he is one of the most sought after photographers out there working today. He’s shot for Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, LIFE and National Geographic – winning a dizzying amount of awards in over 60 countries.
But the best honor for him yet happens this October 3 – November 23 2014 at the Monroe Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He will have his first solo show! I figured it would be neat to share why Joe’s one of my photographic idols – and why I cannot wait to make the trek to New Mexico for opening day. (Click on this link for more details on this)
The Tenacity of Being a Photographer
I’ve been a fan of Joe’s work for a long time – long considering him one of my photographic idols. His ability to work with flash has always been second to his tenacity for wanting to get an interesting shot. Here he’s working on a rooftop in Russia photographing a ballerina. Why? Because that’s where the picture was.
I’ve always thought of Joe as one part Ernest Hemingway, one part Hannibal Smith from The A-Team. When he has an idea – it would seem that there is not much that will get in the way of him getting it. Just yesterday, I saw a location here in St. Lucia (we’re teaching a workshop out here) and thought to myself “Man, this one cave/vine area would be a great location to make a picture. But man, that looks like a bit of a climb. I wonder how dangerous that climb is….”
Telling Joe about the location? “Yeah, I made this picture up there a couple of years ago when I was…”
The next time I get there, you’ll be sure that I won’t hesitate climbing to that location to make a shot. Because that’s where the picture is.
The Storyteller in the Photographer
The quest to tell a story has brought him around the world. This is a picture of a girl in Mumbai in 1999.
This picture was a part of a series he did called “The Panorama of War.” That series won him the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Journalistic Impact. Eisenstadt. A giant in the photographic world.
I often look back at my own work and think about how much excess I throw into a picture to try to make a point. To try to help the caption that I have under the picture. I want the effects that I place in the file to help move the reader to the conclusion I want them to see.
I’ll often look back at pictures like this and get inspired to find a story. Forget about the effects and the software. Just walk around and find one picture that doesn’t need a single caption. I’m completely OK with the fact that I am not there yet. This isn’t a race. I just want to make sure that I am on the right track. In this – I see Joe as a beacon.
The Dreamer in the Photographer
Imagine going into a shoot with Michelle Pfeifer. Most people would be freaking out about having to make a picture with an actress of that stature.
Joe’s response? Oh lets make a custom jewelry case, and make a picture with the Hope Diamond.
As a photographer you don’t really need an actress or the Hope Diamond. But – how many pictures have you had in your own head that you’ve never really given yourself permission to create? How many ideas stay stuck in your head – a victim of “Oh that will never work.” I think that one of the biggest challenges that one can have as a photographer is to know that sometimes you have to shift from capturing whats in front of you to realizing a concept. I am horrible at that. I relegate my creative experience to making something cool of a situation in front of me. I get extremely timid, however, telling people “Oh… I have this idea in my head… Let me tell you what it is.” In that, I feel like I don’t move myself along. I should. But I don’t. But looking at Joe’s work makes me want to. In that, he’s my inspiration.
The Monroe Gallery
When it comes to historically important pictures in Photojournalism – you cannot beat The Monroe Gallery in Santa Fe. The gallery features the work of photographers like Alfred Eisenstadt, Margaret Bourke White, Carl Mydans, Arnold Newman, Neil Leifer and many others.
Walking into this place feels like you’re walking into a hallowed hall. As a photographer, I think it’s so important for you to look back into these founts for inspiration and bearing. To be surrounded by the work of someone we all admire, is a big call for celebration – and we are all so happy for him because of it.
Hopefully I will see you guys there on opening day!!
(Big thanks to Joe for letting me use your pictures)
First, watch that video above (it's got all the major specs, and we deliver them short and sweet!), then come on back down to find out why I think the just-announced Canon EOS 7D Mark II is literally going to shake up the entire sports and wildlife photography world (hint: we've never seen a camera with these specs, at this low a price â” ever!)
OK, thanks for watching the video â” what you just saw was literally the little brother to Canon's flagship 1DX, but for nearly $5,000 LESS!!!
The reason why this is such a game changer is that when it came to seriously shooting sports and wildlife so many people were literally left out of the game because of the cost of the type of camera you need to shoot at that level, but with Canon putting a camera out there with these specs, at just $1,799 â” today all that changed and the playing field has been leveled (no pun intended). Hey, before we get deep into this, I just want to throw out one spec that blew my mind. 10-frames-per-second! (Drops the mic. Walks off stage). ;-)
I think one of the biggest advantages this new camera has (and a lot of folks might not realize this at first), is that it's a crop-sensor camera, so it brings you 60% closer to the action than a similar full-frame camera. This allows us to use less expensive lenses and still get in really tight, so the 7D Mark II doesn't just change the equation for the body; it lets you get closer to the action with less expensive lenses. I think not making this a full frame camera may have been Canon's most brilliant move.
Sports photography legend Peter Read Miller, renowned wildlife photographer Adam Jones, and I were all I lucky to have had a chance to spend some serious time with this camera before its release and it's everything they say it is (and then some). We were all just blown away. These guys totally knew how this was going to change the game for sports and wildlife shooters, and they were just as amazed as I was at the specs and price point. I take my hat off to Canon for taking the risk and doing what needed to be done, in releasing the 7D Mark II with these specs at this price.
Canon's got all the detailed specs (and is taking preorders) over at their site.
Also B&H Photo (I buy all my gear there) is taking pre-orders starting today (the camera is set to ship in early November). Here's that link. If you want a complete list of Canon's authorized dealers that sell the camera, go to this link (I’m very linky today).
Well, that's the big news from here â” hope you all have a game-changing Monday and we'll see you back here tomorrow!
P.S. Although I know Canon aimed the specs of the 7D Mark II at the sports and wildlife crowd, it'll take a photo of whatever you point it at. I did a bridal shoot with it (you can see some of my bridal shots in that video at the :56 mark and around 2:30) and it absolutely rocked! A lot of folks outside of sports/wildlife fields will fall in love with this camera big time.
Hey Gang: Canon also released the PowerShot G7 X today, an awesome little point-and-shoot camera that's a perfect 2nd camera for pros since it takes amazing images yet it literally fits in your pocket, and connects to your cell phone via Wi-Fi! It's also great for anyone moving up from a cell phone camera that wants more "umph!" and flexibility.
Anyway, check out the video and see what ya think!
More details over at Canon (here’s the link)
You can get it at B&H (well, that’s where I’m gettin’ mine, anyway). Here’s the link.
Hi Gang: On Monday night I headed back to New York to shoot the US Open Men’s Tennis Finals, and I put together a post over at Exposure.co with all the photos, including lots of behind-the-scenes shots and stories of triumph and tragedy (which includes me dropping my 16-35mm on the concrete floor, not once but twice).
Anyway, if you’ve got a sec, here’s the link: https://scottkelby.exposure.co/shooting-the-mens-finals
I tried to share more of the experience of shooting an event like this, so there’s lots of info and shots about that stuff, and of course all the camera, lens, and shooting info.
TWO MORE THINGS:
(1) Photokina (the world’s biggest photography expo, held every two year in Cologne, Germany), kicks off this coming week, and if there are any earth-shattering product releases, I’ll have that here for you on Monday morning around 8-ish.
(2) Tonight, don’t miss the world premiere of KelbyOne’s first movie (it features the amazing Moose Peterson) and it’s called “Aviation Photography: War Birds and the men who flew them.” This premiere is FREE and open to the public this one time only, then it goes inside KelbyOne for subscribers only, so come and watch it live with us tonight during this free premiere.
Moose himself will be live with me in our studios taking your questions. It will definitely be a night to remember. Here’s the link to join us tonight.
That’s it for now folks. Thanks for taking a look at my images, have a great weekend, and I hope to see you tonight.
This is one of the most creative things we’ve done here at KelbyOne â” the idea started as a class, then it morphed into a documentary and now it has grown into a feature film and we’re just so excited about it. Warbirds is the brainchild of renown aviation photographer Moose Peterson, and the aerial footage, and stories behind the men that flew these Warbirds is just amazing.
Please take just a moment to watch the movie trailer above, and then come and join us for the premiere this Friday. Best of all, it’s free, and Moose will be joining me live in the studio and taking your questions during the presentation. It’s going to be a really fun, “make some popcorn” dim the lights kinda night).
What: Warbirds and the men who flew them
When: This Friday at 7pm (New York Time)
How much: Free!
If you’re an old airplane buff, if you’re into photography or cinematography, you will absolutely love this very special nite. I hope you can join us. :)