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Nikon D4- Behind The Scenes Video

Jan 25

In In The Field, Videos at 6:53am

We’ve got some major thank you’s to offer as we dipped our toe into the waters of video. First off to Nikon who trusted us with this project and their hand built, prototype D4 cameras. (See the video to reference the fact that I broke one–slightly.) And to Gen Umei, from the K&L agency in Tokyo, who is a wonderful friend and a wondrous art director. And as always to his colleague, Aoyagi Toshiaki, who we have known for years simply as Mr. Blue. Marco Tortato of the Manfrotto Corporation provided us with simple, wonderful tools to execute shots. And Victor Ha and Brian Hynes of Cinevate were wise counsel in the background, and additionally, offered us the use of sliders and shoulder rigs. All of this is gear we’re just getting used to, and the fact that there are people in this industry willing to help and teach is one of the truly special things about being any type of shooter, still or video.

Major props go out to Drew Gurian, in our studio, who kept pursuing this behind the scenes stuff, even though he often had a cranky and not particularly photogenic subject (me) and a world of other things to think about. Mike Corrado of Nikon, who was not only our liaison with Nikon, but also our technical advisor in the field, chipped in with a few closeups of Cora, our sweet, 9600 pound star of a pachyderm.

We had fun on the set, as you’ll see. The video is a mix of D7000 and D4.

Thanks for taking a look. More tk….

68 Responses to “Nikon D4- Behind The Scenes Video”

Scott says:

on January 27, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Watched at least 10 times now. Great video that makes me wanna get out and shoot! Fun and inspiring stuff. Hoping for full DVD release of a long-form version of this!

Karen B says:

on January 28, 2012 at 7:48 am

Lynn, We need some more behind the scenes “Lynn isms” I’m sure you have a few more gems to share. :) :) We love all of ‘ya!

Rich Cave says:

on January 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Hey joe,

love the shoot with the contortionist archer amazing. I am finally picking up my D4 later this year.

love the lighting setup on cora,


David G. says:

on January 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Hey that’s awesome Joe. Thank you so much for sharing. Wonderful video! Glad you were picked for a D4 trial :)

Dene wessling says:

on January 30, 2012 at 3:49 am

@lnnn. Im sure he will you ask next time can you get them to move that building there as it would look better in this shot or move the sun to go north and south ……. Well its joe mcnally so the world will rotate which way joe wants am i right :) . ……. Great job again joe you need to come to australia some time

Joe McNally says:

on January 30, 2012 at 7:53 am

on the way, in may!

Sascha says:

on January 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Germany too!


Hank Dinardo says:

on January 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Joe other then the video how is the IQ of the D4 compared to the D3s?

John W says:

on January 31, 2012 at 2:43 am

Man – that is SO GOOD – thanks for sharing! Very inspiring (not just the shoot, the photography and the laughs, but the video production is great too.)

Gary says:

on January 31, 2012 at 8:55 pm

This is just great entertainment…I’ve watched it over and over and could watch it for hours.

Paul Tortora says:

on February 2, 2012 at 6:22 am


Bravo! So inspiring, absolutely beautiful images, and very captivating. Pure joy! Thank you for sharing this with the photo community, you never cease to amaze us.

Hank Dinardo says:

on February 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Why are all the early testers of the D4 not talking comparison with the D3s?

George Quiroga says:

on February 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Great images Joe. You are truly a master of light. The performer with the bow and arrow is unreal and the first thing I thought about was how you love photographing dancers and performers. Right up your alley.

michaelJ says:

on February 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm


It’s always a privilege to witness talented people coming together. The master of light combining with some really talented performers (the bow and arrow shot in particular) producing some stunning images.

Long been a big fan and follower Joe and always astounded at the work you produce as well as your willingness to share your hard earned experience.

By the way I’d highly recommend a circus or local performing troupe shoot to anyone, they are real fun, here’s a couple of images of mine I’d like to share


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