Listen to the master and apply it

On February 1st I was fortunate to spend a whole day with Joe McNally. I was even able to ask a question.

My question was very simple: “How do I take better pictures at live event where I have the flash on camera ?”

The last picture with the flash on camera

Joe’s answer was very simple (and I knew the answer) : “Get the flash off camera. Try to have an assistant with you walking through the venue, use a TTL cord anything but take if off center”

I had a great time, learned a lot. Got back at shooting events but the flash stayed on camera, I knew how that worked, looked. Hassle free but the answer was hurting me. I had many excuses not to try: To much gear, not practical, unpredictable, need to buy new gear, …..

After buying a box of speed lights for other work. I did thing about it again. My TTL cord did not work.


A sing that the flash was meant to stay on camera. I had only the traditional Minolta cable. Time to check for the Sony cable! It does not really exist and it is a mix of adapters, …

Buying a 2nd flash ? definitely too heavy. …… The flash stays on camera.

Wait a minute I have that mini flash from Sony which can be used to trigger the flash wireless ? Will it work. Another Minolta / ISO hot shoe adapter later and the flash was on camera.

Nothing worked ! OK I give up ! it stays on camera! Reading the manual and forums. IT works

What better time to try than game 6 in the playoff quarter finals. Just before the game started. NOTHING WORKS, test, fiddle, curse, some more curse, thing again. Yes it works. First picture

Joe was Right.


First pictures with the flash off camera. The boy was behind the glass windows. On camera that would have been terrible


The reason why I was reluctant to go off camera. OK this was game 6 in the semi finals and things did get a little out of hand and there was a lot of pushing


Come closer, I can whisper a few secrets . . .

Let me introduce my self: “My name is Lausi”. Somebody was too little back then, to get the K right.

Also Lausi in Bavarian could be translated as “rascal”. When I first met Klaus he was as tall as I was. I was a gift from an uncle in the maternity.

I was a very close friend, best friend to share secrets with ” Good and Bad”. The bond lasted for a very long time, we would talk a lot, share secrets. I was always there to make life a little easier with my big heart and ears.

As he grew up, one day he did see a girl, did fall helplessly in love, for weeks he could only talk about her and how much wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.

When you love somebody you let them grow and encourage them. They did fall in love, got married and where very happy.

I ended up in a big box with all the other stuffed animals. Life was too busy, he had no time for me…. Until his mother reminded him that I was still there a few years later .

Since that day I have been sitting in the bedroom getting a gentle hug every now and then.

Witnessing true love of a family and his daughter all grown up.

I could tell you many secrets … but I won’t, true friends never tell the secrets they where entrusted with.

What I can tell you is that it was a honor to be a model for his test. To see how passion and love are important.

Also that when memory lane hit!  There was a little tear and hard swallowing. SSHHHHH I should probably not tell you more.

Be passionate, remember those who where there for you, who gave you their love when you needed it.


I could whisper so many secrets ………………..


….. If you listen carefully with your heart, you may hear them.