.:joe mcnally workshop - a recap or something close
back home,I had a very long sleep actually. and now just edited all these videos I took and trimmed them down to some bearable and viewable length. also I had to reselect all the photos as lightroom somehow didn't save all my metadata. or I just missed something. ah well.
anyway, as I recap the week its just amazingly cool how much we learned in such a quite short time and not only about the the nikon flashes and the whole system, but also about working under a certain pressure, with others in small and big groups. on top of all that we had very nice food, good drinks and just the best weather we could have wished for.
and if thats not enough I am very happy to have had the opportunity to meet a bunch of very very nice and cool people from all around the world. it was very nice spending this week and workshop with you guys and I hope we will meet again at some point (and don't forget photokina next year).
a big thank you to joe mcnally who is as amazing in real life as you would guess from his videos and books. a wonderful teacher, a great person and very patient with us. he knows so much and has so much experience regarding photography that even just hanging around with him would have been a sheer pleasure and certainly would have been very helpful. thank you for all the effort and help for us to develop and succeed in what we love to do!
last but not least a big thanks to marzia gasparotti and jonathan maher who are running vsp workshops and put together this great workshop. its was a great experience and I loved the personal feeling to it all, from beginnig to end. jonathan was there for us always leading the pack if it was for the feeding :-) or the shootings and all. he is just a great sport and I can only urge people interested in photography and photoworkshop to check their array of workshops and enjoy a wonderful time with them. good meeting you jonathan!
even if I didn't succeed as much as I would have liked in the specific shootings I am extremly pleased with what I've learned. I will put up the final shots all together I think here and probably do at least on seperate blogpost going into a few details about that shooting.
man I was tired and my feet and legs hurt. and it's partly my own fault as I always stayed up uploading, backing up and trying to get the videos done so I am really short on sleep at the moment. and for the hurting feet... well... I should probably man up and just shut up.
I have a lot of new ideas floating around in my head and taking more and more shape. it is so great being surrounded by gifted people and inspireing artist, especially like joe mcnally, but also the other participants. I will put a little link collection to a few of their portfolios at the end of this post.
what else can I tell you... oh of course on really good tip for venice in the summer... MOSQUITO REPELLENT!!! those suckers feasted on my legs like there's no tomorrow. I will spare you and not post any pictures, because it ain't nice. and aparently I have developed a very useless skill of banging my head really hard against things. once getting out of the shower two days ago and then again today as I was putting my luggage into the luggageroom at the hotel. I nearly passed out. well at least it was the other side of my head and it feels kinda symetrical. oh boy.
and I am very happy that I for some reason do not have a german accent when talking english, well most of the time anyway, but a rather strange mix in british and californinan. well all that is according to roel. tststs... DUUUUUUUUDE!
there is one baaaaaaad thing about this whole experience though... a very bad thing. and I urge you to be cautious... attending a workshop like this, being surrounded by nice people, geeks just like you with an interest in something that is connected to billion dollar industry, you end up with an urgent wishlist for new equipment that most likely send your bankaccount into the nirvana and your partner probably into psychiatric care. and yeah I know what you are about to say... "man its not the equipment that take the pictures its the photographer" and I agree completely, BUT it can make your life so much easier when you have some decent equipment. and my first purchase will probably go towards a nice set of c-stands.
oh talking about c-stand I completely forgot to thank marco who was there providing a lot of the great equipment and carrying all that immensley heavy stuff around all the time.
okidoki, enough for now. enjoy the photos and make sure to check out the links of the other guys.
an here you go with the videos just to be complete I put in the first video again, so skip that one if you already know it. and yeah I know these ain't cinematical masterpieces... day one:
greeting and all the best teymur!
more tk (yeah! I am that cheap :-) )
wolf busch fotografie
frank keller people photography
howard ignatius photography
hans van de vorst photography
michel schamp photography
marco tortato - yorick photography
mark vacker photography
andy - ionu photos
bruno walther fotografie
and of course joe mcnally
please povide me with links to your homepages, blogs etc. to complete the list!