Magic Hour, Working for the Newspaper, and Longterm Projects.


Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Chance favors the prepared mind. -Louis Pasteur

The perfect light rarely comes to me on assignment for the newspaper, simple fact is, around town events are not scheduled with the warm tones of sunset in mind. As a matter of fact, getting outside is half the battle, and a prayer for good window light when I am forced to shoot inside. All these factors present there own challenges, challenges that have pushed me as a photographer on deadline, sans assistant. Action happens fast, some events last less than a few minutes, and it often those shots that make the font page for no other reason than precedence.

What I have learned is invaluable, the opportunities to shoot outside in the golden hours of the day are often times a luxury of the freelance photographer, or dedicated artist. A long term project, or all day event will lend itself to those opportunities, weather permitting.

One such assignment came across my desk recently, an art gallery opening, on just such a beautiful summer afternoon that leaves you wanting more. Samba singers set up against a freshly painted fence, a belly dancer in full regalia, spins through the courtyard literally catching the last rays of light! Memorable landscapes, portraits and everyday scene from across the world often become timeless because of a quality of light that helps to define the moment.

The greatest lesson here is that as photographers, we must be able, willing and creative under any given circumstance, creating powerful images regardless. Understanding the value of the good light as an element working in our favor, but never a given.

Patience, preparation and perseverance are the ingredients to the images that astound, this often requires shooting well before and beyond the average sunrise, sunset!

Enjoy the images….Jeremy

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