Vancouver Photo Workshops brought Joe McNally back to town again this year. I still didn't have a chance to attend the full 5-day workshop, but managed to check out tonight's mini-workshop hosted at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. It was a good evening, split between a presentation of Joe's work (similiar to his book "The Moment it Clicks", which he also signed copies of later) and a lighting demonstration (one setup using Elinchrom strobes and one setup using Nikon SB-800's and a couple of SB-900's I think). There maybe wasn't a lot of new information for the Vancouver Strobist crowd (although apparently there was an informal meet-up that would have been amazingly cool to attend, argh!), but it was nevertheless fun to watch Joe build up his CLS setup one flash at a time, while maintaining his sense of humour and audience banter. He answered several audience questions, but I didn't get the chance to ask him about the D3x that was announced yesterday (he mentioned he was one of the chosen few to test out the prototypes of the original D3).
Joe posts about his trip to Vancouver on his blog here.
Here are a few snaps from the event (apologies in advance for the high-ISO noisiness - it was dark in there!):
One of the many magazine covers by Joe.
Joe waits in the wings for his introduction ...
Marc Koegel from VPW introduces Joe.
Joe introduces his work.
Joe adds a lot of humour to his talk, which is really great.
Everyone had their pens out, though some were chewing instead of writing. :)
Joe mounts a small softbox (Lastolite EzyBox) to the SB-900.
Joe checks out the view from Hanah's (the model) position. Assisting this evening were Syx, Tim and Pooya.
Wow, we were so hungy after skipping dinner earlier to make it on time, we had to drop by Vera's for a late night burger ... still the best in town!