Seeing a place or a subject with fresh eyes is often equally as important as knowing it intimately when it comes to making great pictures. I thrive off the visually excitement of new surroundings..my photographic essays are therefore very much about exploration- this makes traveling with a camera both interesting and rewarding at the same time.
During a recent business trip to DC I found myself moving around constantly, and quickly decided if I was going to focus on any one “photographic” essay in the short time I had available it was going to be the Metro System by default! The light, the movement, energy and architecture of the subject was intriguing to me visually- far removed from the western imagery I have been focused on of late. So there you have it; visual exploration of a subject with “fresh” eyes!
I ask you this, do you find yourself eager to explore new found settings “through the lens” or do you prefer to use the camera to delve “deeper” into familiar subjects- perhaps learning about yourself in the process? Just some thoughts…..for many I would assume that all of the above applies. Journalism, Photography, and Discovery being one in the same…..at times!
Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All Rights Reserved.
Here is a “Moment” captured yesterday at the rail yard in Durango as the narrow gauge pulled in from Silverton. I have taken on the D&SNG Railroad as part of a “personal project” delving into various aspects of the American West; traditions, culture and the continual “changes” that both effect and define the “western” way of life.
Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All rights reserved.
Forgetting about photography is almost an impossibility for me. Rather than joining the party in Silverton, Colorado last weekend Rachel and I choose to stake out a spot of wilderness overlooking the valley. I dusted off my rarely used tripod and cracked open an ice cold Tecate. I changed my position a few times to achieve the desired composition and waited! Silverton is known for it’s impressive display of fireworks and the storm clouds in the sky were sure to add a dramatic element to the sky.
The first shot was exposed for 10 seconds at an ISO of 200. As the setting became darker I cranked my ISO up to 640 and added a few seconds to the exposure. This large burst was caught at 13 Sec. A longer exposure tends to meld the fireworks and “blowout” the image, still I wanted to be able to have enough light to define the tall trees in the foreground. The bursts were lighting the sky up ..one after another. As the show was wrapping up I brought the ISO back down to 500 and set the Exposure to 30 Sec. to see what I might get…..this large blast went off at ground level..an accident that left no one seriously injured, but lit up the town of Silverton for a few brief seconds.
Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All rights reserved.
Photograph © Micheal Kircher 2008.
This photograph was taken by friend and photographer Micheal Kircher. We first met at the Summit Workshop in Jackson, Wyoming. His use of lighting never ceases to amaze me..and this example is no exception! Taking advantage of natural light is one thing..but creating your own lighting conditions is it’s own! In this he is an expert!
We were hanging out in DC, skipped the city, got caught in the rain and had the opportunity to do some shooting over the Potomac river near Great Falls. One good turn deserves another, I took Michael’s portrait (below.) Same place, same sky, same five minutes- different techniques! Impressive.
Micheal Kircher is also a natural when it comes to teaching, instructing- he knows his camera..we have the same camera. I zip him emails all the time…Mike, how do you do that? how do I do this? How would Harvey do it? To share knowledge is a great thing! Keep up the good work MK!
Check out some of Micheal’s work …… HERE.
Photographer Micheal Kircher in his element..shooting Herons near Great Falls. Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All rights reserved.