Lumix GX1: First Frames

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2013. All rights reserved.

As I wrap my hand around the leather case that fits snugly across the grip of the Lumix GX1, I can feel the immediate appeal that this small camera has to offer!

The well regarded successor to the classic GF1, which launched Panasonic’s compact camera line just a few years ago, boosts a more professional build along with higher quality image files.

The range finder style camera, paired neatly with the Lumix 20mm pancake lens, a superb piece of glass that shoots fast at F1.7, renders most shots beautifully in low light. No flash necessary.

The compact lens also produces wonderful Bokah.

If you need fill light, the built in pop up flash is more than adequate and can produce some excellent motion blur under the right conditions, particularly nice for panning once dialed back to a lower setting.

I absolutely had a blast this weekend, shooting some candid images of my grandparents at their home in New Mexico. Everyone was completely at ease behind the lens!

While there are many compact camera options available from Fuji and Nikon, for the price this is an excellent camera, and a wonderful addition to my workflow as a photojournalist.

This is is truly a street photographer’s camera.

The Lumix GX1 strikes a perfect balance between full frame DSLR and iPhone photography! Stylish and elegant, this camera is loaded with professional features!

It’s a real pleasure to use if I might say so myself!

Stay tuned…

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2013. All rights reserved.

2012: The Year in Review.

Photo Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

2012 marked my four-year milestone as staff photographer for The Southern Ute Drum newspaper. The publication has made some significant gains in the years that I have toiled under my own deadlines and feature stories here in the newsroom.

As a team we have expanded our page count with each passing year, undergone a series of significant redesigns, and are now printing in full color!

The Southern Ute Drum has garnered numerous journalism awards from The Society of Professional Journalist and The Native American Journalism Association.

Photography coverage and journalism conferences have landed me in Portland, OR, Sacramento, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Washington DC in recent months.

In the weeks to come we will revamp our online presence with the hope of reaching an even broader audience across Indian Country, while polishing each aspect of our print publication to meet the challenges of the digital age.

The importance communication through media between Sovereign Nations and the United States of America has perhaps never been more relevant then it is now, as Native peoples continue to uphold cultural, and political values in the 21st century.

Please take a moment to visit our final issue of 2012 and the highlights of the year online! Click HERE.

National Geographic Photographer Ed Kashi on Visual Storytelling…with Passion & Purpose!



Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

In my last post I introduced Ed Kashi and his Eye Contact exhibition in Denver, Colorado.
Posted here are a few selected photos from Kashi’s workshop, Visual Storytelling with Passion and Purpose…
An excellent blend of presentation and information, the day was filled with a glimpse into Ed Kashi’s own work, his words, and the conversation driven by audience participation, photo critique and one-on-one dialogue.
Excellent workshop all around…Thank you Ed!
Published books include: Aging in America, Curse of the Black Gold, and Three…among others.
Powerful images, strong narrative; clearly created with both passion and purpose.
Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

Ed Kashi: Eye Contact Exhibit at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center.


Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.
I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to attend Ed Kashi’s workshop and gallery opening at the new CPAC in Denver, Colorado over the past weekend.
The exhibition, titled Eye Contact was comprised of selected photographs from his thirty year career, showcasing images that were perhaps set aside for their subject’s direct eye contact with the camera. Together, they form an impressive collection of compelling journalistic images.
Ed was gracious enough to attend the opening of the show and stand for a few portraits…
See more of Kashi’s work in the current issue of National Geographic magazine or visit edkashi.com.
Stay tuned for an upcoming post on the workshop…Visual Storytelling with Passion and Purpose.

Nikon D7000: It’s Not About the Camera.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

The Virtue of Size

In my travels to Africa and Latin America for almost a decade I shot photographs exclusively on a Pentax K1000 Manuel focus film camera, light durable, and ever so small. To this day many of my portfolio pieces are ones I created with that very camera, a gift from my mother the week I graduated High School. Ironically enough it sat in a dusty green trunk for a number of years after, while I pursued my architecture degree. My enrollment in a darkroom crash course through the school’s visual media department and a subsequent trip to Ecuador in the same year set in motion the career I so love and enjoy…

Back to the Basics

I have often debated with friends and colleagues about the virtue of size, functionality and what is truly necessary in a camera to create compelling imagery. As a travel photographer, with a pinochet for street photography, smaller is better-period. Today’s cameras provide every necessary function in even the most mid range cameras. While many professionals seek the latest and greatest full frame digital masterpiece touted as superior by companies such as Nikon and Canon, I would argue for a respectable compact SLR and a few fast prime lenses.

Trickle Down Technology

We used to throw this term around in the bike industry when i lived in Boulder, with technology in the inspired state that it is, improvements to the latest model, inevitably drive last years features down the line. In other words, if they create a new sensor for the mid range camera, it is more cost effective to use that sensor in the subsequent models the following year, while continuing to focus the research and design department on the competitive front at the top of the camera line. As a consumer you will almost always win.

Ranch Life

The first frames I ever took with a digital SLR were from my Ranch Life series in Jackson, Wyoming on a Nikon D70s, a loaner from the Nikon support team, generously helping us with our assignment. I purchased the then, brand new, Nikon D80 before returning to Colorado that very same week. My wonderful Pentax film camera was set aside, but never forgotten. Soon after came the D90. I am now enjoying the evolution of Nikon’s latest “compact” mid range digital SLR many assignments later. This camera is spectacular, and given the right circumstances I could not see too many professionals wanting for more.

Synopsis

Professionalism is, at least my mind, a matter of approach, not equipment. Perhaps the drive of this post is that the size of this camera is what sold me. I travel light. Less camera often means more access. Access is everything.

Please take a moment to scroll down through my recent posts and you will see that I have tagged numerous images with the D7000..brilliant colors, awesome clarity, and a lust for adventure!

This camera really is one for the books.

Cheers, Jeremy

Nikon D7000 equipped with Tokina 12 to 24mm F4 lens. Hoya Filter. Mack truck sold separately.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

The Photographic Book.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

The photographic book is perhaps one of the finest venues for a solid body of work, the product of a long term project, or one’s life work.

Timeless.

I have stacks of National Geographic magazines loitering around the house, as well as books from my youth, read, reread lining the wooden shelves of my mountain home. Some novels remain unopened- awaiting a quieter time in my life. There is perhaps no such time in the foreseeable future… A deeper passion is my love of images, and the books that exemplify that visual journey – a collection that will see no end in this lifetime!

Some of my absolute favorites are pictured here, mostly image collections, but the artistic visions of photographers; Abell, Stanfield, Kashi, Allard, and Harvey are represented by their respective published works. To soak up a collection of photographic work is an education in itself…may the tea kettle often whistle!

Native American Journalism Association: 2010 Media Awards

On the nature of awards…certainly a subject of value as we progress through a world of photography and journalism. As a freelance photographer I didn’t seek out too many awards for myself, inevitably I was focusing of generating content and moving forward.

A certain benefit of being affiliated with any publication, newspaper or magazine, is that the prospect of winning awards of very real. Entry fees are less daunting, the process is built into the day to day curriculum at the office, and most importantly you are putting your self out there as a team.

Everyone in the office puts their best work forward, and with the consensus of fellow staffers, prints are shipped along with the relevant editorial pieces. Then the wait, but with that comes introspection and an awareness that every time you go out in the field to craft a feature story for publication, that the very work you are about to create could be a contender for the next round of editorial critic!

With two feature stories and a half dozen images submitted to this years NAJA awards, I was pleased to have garnered a few of the accolades on behalf of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.


Best Photo Categories

Best Feature Photo: 3rd Place

Jeremy Wade Shockley, Photographer/Reporter, The Southern Ute Drum, “Bear Dance”


Best Photo Categories

Best News Photo: 3rd Place

Jeremy Wade Shockley, Photographer/Reporter, The Southern Ute Drum, “Bennett Thompson”


Associate Categories

News Story (Print): 2nd Place

Jeremy Wade Shockley, Photographer, The Southern Ute Drum, “Solix: Fueling a Better World”

Reportage.

Photo Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Working for the Tribal Newspaper, The Southern Ute Drum, takes me into the field quite often, and sometimes literally. This image was taken during an annual highway cleanup on reservation lands, this morning was spent covering a short piece on spring cleanup. The idea here is that while not all news is packed with glamour or even excitement- the art of capturing the moment and creating a nice image is still at the heart of reportage and photojournalism. I think these images have a wonderful quality to them.

Photo Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Do you find yourself taking the mundane and creating beauty that might not otherwise be recognized when you approach certain subjects with a camera and an artistic intent?

-Jeremy