|Graphic Design Ben J. Shockley. Image © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008.|
I have been directing so much energy in to my new PhotoShelter Photography archive and posting about it, that I simply overlooked the fact that we had passed the 200th post. A milestone that I am excited to share…over two hundred posts on photography, travel, and the ongoing projects surrounding my own photojournalism career.
So…with that said I present the 207th post!
I give a warm welcome to those who are recently stumbling on to the site, and many thanks to those who have continued to support this photography forum over the years! Stay tuned as we roll into 2011 and all that lies ahead…
Many Thanks go out to my readership, Jeremy
Extreme winds are not uncommon in the American Southwest this time of year, fierce storms that blow the very desert east into neighboring states. Camping becomes unbearable, driving becomes unsafe, and camera gear can sustain irreversible damage in a single gust of wind. Just such wind ripped the hat right off my head as I was guarding my own camera equipment last week in the deep canyons of the Maze. The the very wind that formed those canyons and rocks still moves the sand around and pushes all living things to their threshold in this often quite, often extreme environment.
In short, the camera survived, the images turned out great and four hours later I found myself back at camp enjoying an ice cold Modelo under windless skies!
The best tactic for bringing camera equipment into extreme conditions of any kind is a hard case, a case that pads your lenses and keeps everything sealed off from the elements. Use this case as a “base camp” for packing your small water resistant camera bag which you take with you- this way you only take what you need out into the storm at any given time. The hard case can be left in at camp without a second thought to the weather conditions as you go exploring. Also try to reorganize your gear in between the extreme bursts of weather, this will keep you from contaminating your hard case, and the rest of your high dollar digital equipment during the proverbial shit storm- be it wet or dry!
Extreme weather almost always produces great images- So take your most expensive piece of glass, some fortitude and get out there to capture the moment!
The above image was taken just moments before the lashing wind swept my fedora into the air. The “Harvest Scene” spans almost 20 feet in length and stands taller then a man- accessible only by permit, this Native American pictograph graces one of the most remote canyons in the United States.
This is an image of my grandfather taken in 2006, at age 78. A stone mason since the age of 12, even now he is waiting for the snow to melt so that he may pick up his hammers and work once again.
This is officially my 101st post! I opened up the forum Fedora Photo Projects with a short photo essay on Lesotho’s aging population and their strengthening role within the community on September 26, 2007. Since then I have touched on subjects ranging from the American West to Sub Saharan Africa, and my own backyard while hopefully touching on the craft of photojournalim itself.
I want to share my gratitude for all who have stopped in on the site, shared it with others, and especially to those who keep coming back.
The company PhotoShelter has been on the up and up since the fall of Digital Railroad in 2008. The company has expanded it’s features and market simultaneously over the last twelve months and proves to be an attractive and affordable option to self market stock photography. The basic photoshelter site offers online storage, printing services and for some the template of a website ideal for most photographers looking to market their collections to a worldwide audience.
I have recently made the investment in both time and money to bring my images to PhotoShelter and thus create the beginnings of Fedora Photo’s latest online site. FedoraPhoto.com will remain as my main website and portfolio, while FedoraProjects will continue to post the latest in news and photography. What I hope to achieve with a PhotoShelter archive is to make my personal work available to editors, friends, and potential clients, while also safe guarding and organizing a massive digital archive currently unavailable to the public market.
Time and energy will define the progress of this site, as each file must be carefully captioned, keyworded, and sized. The basic structure is set, and will continue to develop in the coming months! I hope you enjoy the site, and I welcome any and all feedback right here on FedoraProjects or via email.
I have been recently featured on Digital Railroad as part of a slide show of photographers being showcased under Photographer=Hero. If you have the opportunity please check it out! Click HERE to view the DRR link. Hope you enjoy the site!