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On Ellis Island….Lighting in the Morgue!

Ellis Island is a magical, historical place. It easily, quickly prompts reverie, spirits, and ghosts, much of it communicated to your head and your heart via the hallways, the peeling paint, the dusty artifacts, and the light at different times of the day. We’ve been blessed for the last couple of years to visit the still mostly deserted, off-limits section of the island via the auspices of the Save Ellis Foundation

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One Sun, Two Suns….

Ran this pic on Instagram of late, and it prompted some questions about how it was done, and the speculation that the brilliant sun over the top of the left hand mirror was the source of illumination for our spendidly clad show people. It is not. I’ve blogged a bit about this before, but thought I’d just compare a couple of frames that had one source, and then two sources as the engine of exposure.

As we all know, there is only one light source in nature, the sun. It can be reflected

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Nothing Like Window Light

I have alway loved window light. It’s one of the first questions I ask when talking with a prospective subject about the environment they will be photographed in. “Is it on the first floor?” They occasionally think this is odd, or, perhaps, that I am quintessentially lazy and don’t want to walk my gear up flights of stairs. Not the case! I just want to know if the windows are within reach and I can light from outside. If the quality of existing light is too minimal

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The South of France

Always beautiful, what else is there to say? From the pace of life, to the food, to the landscape, to the richness of color, and the mix of people and history, it ranks as one of the all time places to go and know about. The place is a magnet for the camera, so it’s a natural that the intrepid Liza Politi, Annie Cahill, Michael Cali and I are heading there for two weeks of photo workshops, with an emphasis on light and storytelling. Not so much flash, this time around, but more on using

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The South of France

Always beautiful, what else is there to say? From the pace of life, to the food, to the landscape, to the richness of color, and the mix of people and history, it ranks as one of the all time places to go and know about. The place is a magnet for the camera, so it’s a natural that the intrepid Liza Politi, Annie Cahill, Michael Cali and I are heading there for two weeks of photo workshops, with an emphasis on light and storytelling. Not so much flash, this time around, but more on using

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Lighting in Hawaii!

Had a couple questions about the picture below over time. Certainly, in Hawaii, you don’t get too many gray sky days, so we took advantage of the drama in the clouds by lighting our fire dancer on the beach in high speed sync mode. The exposure below is 1/5000th at f1.4, at ISO 100. Jerome is a powerful subject and the flames pop against the darkening sky. Portraiture on the beach is one of the many areas we dive into at our workshop at the <a href="https://press.fourseasons.com/hualalai/hotel-news/2017/joe-mcnally-photography-workshops/

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