A Milestone Made Out of Nikkor Glass
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by Joe McNally
1M ago
Digital Camera World busted out this week with news of a production milestone just reached by Nikon. 120 million lenses produced. I can see why. Terrific glass, mounted on incredibly durable high performance cameras. So, why am I showing you a picture of a silver haired gentleman handing Richard Nixon a book on Park Avenue in NYC? Forgive me, I have written of this before. But in these tumultuous times, with millions of pictures flooding our eyes, and a madding, uneven, occasionally talented horde of content providers, influencers, and creators clicking voluminously with furious abandon, I th ..read more
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Moms, Memories, and Pictures
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by Joe McNally
1M ago
Had a bit of back and forth with dear friend and wonderful photographer Matthew Jordan Smith in the last few days. He’s coming off of publishing a monumental effort called Aretha Cool, a celebration of the life of the Queen of Soul. It’s also a celebration of Matthew, in that the intimacy and emotions portrayed come from his own empathetic heart, and his innate ability to obtain, in honest and human fashion, the trust of his subjects. He and Aretha were friends, and it’s apparent. The relationship is deeply heartfelt. It’s the only way you get pictures like this. His own heart has had some bu ..read more
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National Astronaut Day
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by Joe McNally
1M ago
National Astronaut day just passed, a day which acknowledges those audacious few who have, in reality, gone to infinity and beyond. I spent about 16 plus weeks with then Senator John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, as he prepared to go back to space, many years later. A lot of astro training is done in the classroom, in simulators and other very controlled settings. The time they occasionally get to get into high speed jets and get their yaya’s out is limited. Like, I was able to connect with one flight, and it was a picture I needed for the coverage, badly. I got lucky with the ..read more
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Climbing the World’s Tallest Building!
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by Joe McNally
2M ago
Time flies. Roughly ten years ago, I climbed the Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world. Took a while to negotiate with the building, but they eventually took a liking to the idea, and allowed me up there with a couple of their own climbers, two really remarkable gentlemen, Mick and Johnny. The showed me the ropes, literally, and kept me safe. As Mick said, in his wonderful English accent, “Now Joe, you’re gonna be alright in the bucket, eh, mate? Cause we don’t want anyone panicking in the bucket. Somebody panics in the bucket, we gotta take him off in a helicopter, and that’s a ba ..read more
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Excitement in the Skies! Solar Eclipse, 2024!
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by Joe McNally
2M ago
A momentous cellestial event, one not to be repeated for many years! It was surreal, yesterday, watching astronomical excitement migrate across this country, following the sun and the moon. Congeniality, kindness and an all-embracing sense of awe swept over millions. In these often dark times, where many gatherings are slathered in hate and the lack of hope, the light of sky continues to astound, and lifts our hearts. Just maybe, out in the sea of people staring skyward, there are a few young people for whom the ring of fire in the black sky started a spark in their heart, and a yen to travel ..read more
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The Complete Photographer – A New Class!
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by Joe McNally
3M ago
I’ll be launching a new class in June in conjunction with KelbyOne. It’s called The Complete Photographer, and it’s nearly sold out! For a relentless, nonstop week, we drive towards becoming the title of the class: The Complete Photographer. We all stay at the same lovely hotel, so it will be pictures, critiques, and constant analysis and storytelling, breakfast, lunch and dinner. We’ll have problems to be solved. The locations will be wonderful, and complicated. The ongoing mission of the week is to move the needle, not just a notch, but to a whole new level. My goal for anyone in the class ..read more
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Traveling Light
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by Joe McNally
3M ago
Traveling light, meaning not many equipment cases, is not something I’m known for. In my defense, growing up with film, there simply had to be more gear intensity applied to situations, just to carve out an exposure. ISO 5000 sounded like the name of a new planet discovered by NASA, you know, that one on the dark side of Uranus. Couple the work intensive obligations of film with the genre of assignments I often got, things could easily end up in the realm of “lots of stuff.” All of which got loaded onto an airplane, hopefully the same plane I was on, and met me on down the line at baggage clai ..read more
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A Return to La Selva and the Amazon Jungle
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by Joe McNally
4M ago
Just back from another astounding adventure into one of the most dense, alive places on earth. Paul, one of our intrepid and knowledgeable La Selva Eco Lodge guides, pointed out at one point that the common notion of a forest is often understood to be a large gathering of, say, pine trees, or aspens. In other words, lots and lots of the same kind of tree. But, standing in the verdant jungle, teeming with life, he pointed out seventeen different species of trees, just within a quick head turn. Thank you to our wonderful crew of staff, and workshop participants, hardy travelers all, who placed f ..read more
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Game Over at Sports Illustrated
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by Joe McNally
5M ago
Legend has it that Heinz Kluetmeier donned scuba gear and dove into the Olympic pool at a long-ago games and set up cameras on the bottom, wiring them so he could fire them remotely. His assistant asked him if they had permission to do this. “We’re not going to ask permission,” came the reply. No one was going to say no to Heinz. And because of that, an audacious act of brazen, lovely, break-the-rules attitude born of supreme photographic skills and confidence, millions of people have enjoyed stunning photographs. The epitome of sports photography – split-second photographs of the thrilling fi ..read more
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Maestro!
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by Joe McNally
6M ago
Off into a new year! And in the news, a movie about a genuine genius. Maestro is an Italian term, meaning master. It’s been in use since roughly the 1700’s. Used more now than in years past, it’s generally applied to conductors of classical music. Leonard Bernstein was the walking, talking, gesticulating, inspired, difficult, boisterous, brilliant embodiment of the term. The movie of his life is out and stirring the waters. Some say brilliant, and worth the watch. Other reviews are devastating. So here’s the measure of it, by my lights. The fact that we are still talking about Lenny is in fac ..read more
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