Shooting the El Chapultepec: Five Years Strong.

Five years ago I was lured into the El Chapultepec by the sound of raucous blues music pouring from a side door, which had been propped open to cool the tightly packed jazz club down in the middle of particularly cold winter night.

I returned a few days later to document the scene as part of my ongoing work on Denver’s hip, revitalized downtown districts, sweeping west from Colfax and into lower downtown.

Returning last week with only my 85mm prime lens, ideal for the intimate low light photography I wish to create, Denver’s historic jazz club welcomed me in as it always had!

Juggling the Nikon, iPhone camera and a number of cold Modelos, sweating off their labels, I immersed myself into the night….as is my nature.

All Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2013. All Rights Reserved.


The Love of Jazz, Street Photography and a Fast Prime. Shooting Available Light with the Fifty.

A visit to my favorite Denver hangout…the El Chapultepec Jazz Club.
A subject I have pursued for years. There is a place and time for flash photography, and there are certain atmospheres that are pure and wonderful. Untouched by flash, I shot the available light here using a 50mm F1.4 prime lens on Nikon’s D7000 body…fast, simple, and above all, unobtrusive.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

Enjoy the Post! Cheers…Jeremy

A Night at the El Chapultepec.

An evening at the El Chapultepec in old town Denver. A favorite of mine. I believe that Jack Kerouac and the likes of Neal Cassidy used to saddle up to this very bar.
Not many venues left like this out West.
We traded the crowded bar area, and live jazz performance for some reliable stick. My cousin Ben Shockley, his wife Shelby, Dave & Melina…and a guy named Lloyd. Spelled with two L’s of course.
… and I believe pictures will speak for themselves.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.
….and the final edit. Just couldn’t pass up on this portrait of my good friend Dave Pike.
Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.