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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