Good light goes a long way…

Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum
This coming Saturday I will be traveling down to New Mexico to photograph heritage dancers, which brought me back to this image made a few years ago.

I can still remember this day clearly, stormy weather on the horizon, sun setting to the west, and plenty of time to work with my subjects before the performance was fully underway…for a few brief moments I was the only camera around. Resulting in a few of my favorite images, a couple of which have stood the test of time quite well. 

 I have no idea how the conditions will play out this weekend, but I am prepared for some bright, full on midday sunshine…of the New Mexico variety. Scorching hot.

Years ago, when I made photos for myself, it was the best light that I always sought out. This ideal circumstance is not a reality in the world of editorial photography, as most know.

Events are scheduled, deadlines have to be met, and above all time is usually always tight–either yours or your subjects. Luck and foresight are always at play…revisiting subjects (if possible) will always up the odds.

Making the best possible images regardless of light is the norm…and once in a while the warm light of late day, or early morning rays bath your subjects in a wonderful hue…stormy skies are a plus in my book.

Nice even light, dramatic backdrop.

Stay tuned…

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Farewell to a Firm Friend.

Eddy visits us in our dreams.

His absence has left a void in our lives, a steady companion always. His passing in the early spring has not gotten easier with the coming of summer’s green grasses.

Adventures were his specialty, trips to the lakes edge each afternoon, bike rides, backpack trips — this was his territory.

Sunbeams on the porch, a mild mannered creature. Loyal in every aspect. Loved by all. Uncanny intelligence that surpassed most canine…stubbornly willful.

Beautiful, adventurous soul. He will always be missed.

Eddy Scout…

                     

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012

Drum brings home 13 SPJ awards.

Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum
Staff Report
The Southern Ute Drum
The Southern Ute Drum made its best showing ever in a journalism contest in April, winning 13 awards — including five first-place prizes — in the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Top of the Rockies.
Top of the Rockies is the largest regional journalism competition west of the Mississippi, open to all newspaper, radio and TV outlets in four states: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico.
Last year the Drum won five Top of the Rockies awards: a first place, a second place, and three thirds. This year, the staff nearly tripled its take. Editor Ace Stryker traveled to the Denver Press Club on Friday, April 13 to accept the awards.

Composition   Technician Robert L. Ortiz won a first-place award for news photography for his coverage of the opening of the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum, and a second-place award for feature photography.
Photographer/reporter Jeremy Wade Shockley won two first- place awards: one for feature photography for his coverage of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s annual Southern Ute Heritage Train, and one for sports photography for his coverage of last summer’s Rocky Mountain State Games in Colorado Springs. He also won second and third place in news photography, third place in feature photography, and second place in single-story news reporting for his article on last year’s National Congress of American Indians annual convention.
Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum
Between Ortiz and Shockley, the Drum swept the news and feature photography categories, which include all newspapers with circulation under 10,000 in the four-state area.
Stryker won five awards, including a single-handed sweep of politics general reporting with first, second and third places. Stryker also earned first place for public service for his ongoing coverage of Southern Ute elections, and third place in education general reporting.
The staff has also submitted entries for the annual Native American Journalists Association competition, the winners of which will be announced later this summer.

The latest round of journalism awards brings the Drum’s all- time total to 41, including 26 in the past three years alone.

Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum