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.

 

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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

El Chapultepec.




Cities at night are akin to foreign lands, as I leave the quite luxuries of my hotel room to explore the life of Denver. My night off, a quite bar, some time to clear my thoughts, a small piece of American history- the pictures are as necessary to me as my time alone, my cold beer, and the knowledge that not all has changed in the West.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009.