The Society of Professional Journalists: Rocky Mountain Region Media Awards.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

SPJ Awards…

I am pleased to announce that the Southern Ute Drum newspaper pulled in five awards last week at the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual awards banquet in Denver, Colorado. Please take a moment to read the full story on page 20 of The Southern Ute Drum.

Among those awards, I garnered one for this photograph of trout being stocked into the local reservoir, and another for continued coverage of Fort Lewis College and the expansion of its long standing Native American center.

Each of our staff members earned accolades in this years media contest, spanning four states …see article for full details!

Jeremy Wade Shockley
First Place: Education General Reporting
“FLC Student Union Makes Room For New Native Center”

Jeremy Wade Shockley
Third Place: News Photography
“Lake Capote Opens With A Splash”

Here’s to the spirit of journalism! Cheers, Jeremy

In the Company of Friends.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011

Good friends, good memories. I had the pleasure to be one of the groomsmen in my close friend, Nathan Moffatt’s wedding last summer, to be in front of someone else’s lens for a change! An opportunity to photograph the intimate moments shared amongst old friends whom I rarely see year to year. I wanted to take a moment to share some of those frames right here…enjoy the images.

Here’s to you Nathan and Ashley and all the adventures ahead!

Best, Jeremy


Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Our friend Skip Favreau enjoys the ambiance of a week night at the Schank House saloon. A stones throw from my doorstep, this cowboy bar has all the character and warmth that make photographs come alive. What remains of the ‘Old West’ has a place at the bar, night and day, from one season to the next!

First rounds on me…


Nikon D7000: It’s Not About the Camera.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

The Virtue of Size

In my travels to Africa and Latin America for almost a decade I shot photographs exclusively on a Pentax K1000 Manuel focus film camera, light durable, and ever so small. To this day many of my portfolio pieces are ones I created with that very camera, a gift from my mother the week I graduated High School. Ironically enough it sat in a dusty green trunk for a number of years after, while I pursued my architecture degree. My enrollment in a darkroom crash course through the school’s visual media department and a subsequent trip to Ecuador in the same year set in motion the career I so love and enjoy…

Back to the Basics

I have often debated with friends and colleagues about the virtue of size, functionality and what is truly necessary in a camera to create compelling imagery. As a travel photographer, with a pinochet for street photography, smaller is better-period. Today’s cameras provide every necessary function in even the most mid range cameras. While many professionals seek the latest and greatest full frame digital masterpiece touted as superior by companies such as Nikon and Canon, I would argue for a respectable compact SLR and a few fast prime lenses.

Trickle Down Technology

We used to throw this term around in the bike industry when i lived in Boulder, with technology in the inspired state that it is, improvements to the latest model, inevitably drive last years features down the line. In other words, if they create a new sensor for the mid range camera, it is more cost effective to use that sensor in the subsequent models the following year, while continuing to focus the research and design department on the competitive front at the top of the camera line. As a consumer you will almost always win.

Ranch Life

The first frames I ever took with a digital SLR were from my Ranch Life series in Jackson, Wyoming on a Nikon D70s, a loaner from the Nikon support team, generously helping us with our assignment. I purchased the then, brand new, Nikon D80 before returning to Colorado that very same week. My wonderful Pentax film camera was set aside, but never forgotten. Soon after came the D90. I am now enjoying the evolution of Nikon’s latest “compact” mid range digital SLR many assignments later. This camera is spectacular, and given the right circumstances I could not see too many professionals wanting for more.


Professionalism is, at least my mind, a matter of approach, not equipment. Perhaps the drive of this post is that the size of this camera is what sold me. I travel light. Less camera often means more access. Access is everything.

Please take a moment to scroll down through my recent posts and you will see that I have tagged numerous images with the D7000..brilliant colors, awesome clarity, and a lust for adventure!

This camera really is one for the books.

Cheers, Jeremy

Nikon D7000 equipped with Tokina 12 to 24mm F4 lens. Hoya Filter. Mack truck sold separately.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.