Friday, February 29, 2008

"Moment it Clicks" Back in Stock Again



For those of you who missed out on the first printing, Joe McNally's book, "The Moment it Clicks," is now back in stock at Amazon. (The first run was gone in just a few days.)

In the meantime, Joe has posted a video on YouTube from the making of a shot featured in the book: Changing the light bulb atop the Empire State Building.

FWIW, I can barely even watch this thing. I do not like heights. Dude is crazy, IMO.


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21 Comments:

OpenID apartmentseven said...

Boy is whack. I felt like I was falling over in my seat near the end.

February 29, 2008 12:12 AM  
Anonymous Henry said...

They had best put a bulb in there that burns for years. Every last one of them is crazy.

February 29, 2008 12:32 AM  
Anonymous Julia said...

Rats. There goes my plans for ebaying it for twice the price!!

This is a fantastic photography book. I'm glad I trusted your judgement and bought it right away.

I think you should offer a strobist pro membership, where members get a 10 minute head start on reading a future blog post. I'd get it! :)

February 29, 2008 1:44 AM  
Blogger Julian Lynch said...

Thanks for the link, got the book 2 days ago, some really good stuff in there, kept nice and simple too. I like it, a lot!

February 29, 2008 4:16 AM  
Anonymous Crash said...

That is AWESOME! God bless you Joe. I hate heights and even got that empty sick feeling in my stomach watching it. Super Super Gnarly!

February 29, 2008 4:48 AM  
OpenID robsoft said...

Just to let your UK readers know that Joe's book was definitely in stock at Amazon last week - I ordered it and it arrived 2 days later.

And yes, it's a great book - a really unique mix of Joe's personality and some killer photography observations. And some brilliant photographs. I'm really enjoying it. :-)

February 29, 2008 5:32 AM  
Blogger logic said...

What's fantastic is that he thought to document the attempts to get the shot on video; and even more so, that he decided to share that experience with everyone. That's not exactly something everybody gets the opportunity to do. :-) (I have to admit, I'm terrified of heights, but I'd jump...er, figuratively...at the chance to do that, phobias be damned.)

Now off to get that book...

February 29, 2008 8:48 AM  
Anonymous David said...

Whaaattt???? I'm not scared of heights and that TOTALLY freaks me out! What an awesome video!

February 29, 2008 9:25 AM  
Anonymous Keith said...

Wow. That's all that is needed to say.

February 29, 2008 10:35 AM  
Blogger Tom Legrady said...

I used to do theatre lighting in my younger days, and I go rock-climbing now, but there's something crazy about leaning back at the top of a mast on the top of a tower on the top of a skyscraper.

February 29, 2008 12:58 PM  
Blogger Mat Hayward said...

Joe is my hero! I get anxiety hanging over the balcony in a church shooting a wedding. Flooded with worry that my lens hood or something will fall on the unsuspecting audience below. I can't imagine how I would feel so high above the city.
I want to know if the guys were having spit contests while up there.


The Moment it Clicks is worth twice the price. Easily the best photography book ever written!

Mat

February 29, 2008 1:48 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

Amazing video and the book-- highly, highly recommended too! Thanks for the head's up on pre-ordering, David.

February 29, 2008 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Ron said...

That video is gonna give me nightmares.

"...lean back on my lanyard..." -uh, no. There are not enough diapers in this world for some assignments.

Amazing video and shots. Thanks for sharing.

- Ron

February 29, 2008 8:03 PM  
Blogger peted301 said...

DOOOOOOOO-DAH! i got the tingly feeling in my "nether regions". you know, the one that men get when they go down that first drop on a roller coaster. good thing i was wearing dark pants.

awesome shot. joe rules. Vincent La forete did similar thing for the NY times a few years back. not at nutty as joe's though.

February 29, 2008 10:01 PM  
Anonymous steve said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome. The book is full of nuggets like it promised, and then some.
Imagine a DVD to accompany the book for all the shots in it.

I can't wait to finish it so I can read it again!

February 29, 2008 10:50 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Woo man no way you'd ever be seeing me up there either. That's nuts and he didn't even look stressed!!!

March 01, 2008 4:49 AM  
Anonymous Max said...

Do NOT get the book if you have work to do! Once you start, you cannot put it down. You almost feel guilty turning the pages, because every image and advice represents years of experience, often gained the hard way. Joe rocks.

March 01, 2008 10:24 AM  
Blogger James Quantz Jr. said...

Great to watch the lengths taken to get that pre-visualized "shot". That's what makes his work great. Fantastic book as well.

March 03, 2008 10:30 AM  
Blogger Jim Moorehead said...

Great video and photos...reminds me of Peter B. Kaplan's work published in "High on New York", Abrams, 1986, ISBN 0-8109-1095-0, p88-89 and 122.

March 03, 2008 5:27 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

He and Vincent Laforet must have a thing going. Laforet did a similar shot on the empire state building on 1/19/01. McNally did it in 3/01. McNally did a shot on the Chrysler Building with a guy changing a light that Laforet copied for an Apple Aperture ad.

See Laforet's shot at http://laforetvisuals.com/main.php under Perspectives > Aerials 1

March 04, 2008 11:28 AM  
Blogger Ellis said...

Long before either Vince or Joe did this shot, there was Peter B Kaplan, Who did this kind of thing with Nikon F3 cameras loaded with Kodachrome 64 (you remember film don't you?)
check out photo 7649400013 at http://www.peterbkaplanstock.com

I worked for Peter B. very briefly in the fall of 1988. if you think watching that video freaks you out, imagine actually being up that high holding on for dear life (which becomes much more than a cliche) to something solid with just one arm while helping hold the camera out on the end of a 14 foot pole and changing film frequently.

(p.s. Joe McNally and Vince Laforet know exactly who Peter B is. Where do you think the editors who made those assignments got the idea from? )

March 09, 2008 10:57 PM  

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