|Photograph Michael Kircher 2012.
Simple, straightforward portrait by my friend Mike Kircher on a recent outing to the Colorado mining town of Silverton. Peppered with bars and cafes we found respite in a small brewery called the Avalanche cafe.
Mike and I set to discussing portraiture, and successful photo techniques. Which led to this intimate image, made much more so by the tight crop that I have employed often in my own work. This proximity brings the viewer in close, and having good rapport with your subject is evident in this type of approach.
Prime lenses help as they are small, compact and above all honest!
Thanks for the great pic Mike!
|Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.
Uploading images, mentally preparing for the new week, resting. This is what I busy myself with after a wonderful, marathon weekend with close friend, and photographer Michael Kircher.
Mike lives on the East coast, Maryland, just a stones throw from our Nation’s capitol state.
We share ideas, photography, and encouragement…communicating through cyberspace, phone calls, and even Instagram!
Not this weekend, Mike made the trip out West to see a bit of cowboy culture and Rocky Mountain scenery, a chance to visit with Rachel and I at our home on the lake…
Today he travels East. We will both certainly be editing images for some time…sharing them as we can. Pushing the creative boundaries, a friendship built on our shared ambitions, a curiosity for life and a unwavering passion for the photographic image!
Safe travels Mike! Cheers, Jeremy
A bicycle awaits it’s owner outside of a shop in the town of Chipata, Zambia.
A fundraiser for ACIRFA will he held at the Steam & Steel Cafe in Silverton, Colorado this Friday evening Oct. 3rd from 6-9pm. I will be presenting a slideshow of images from throughout Africa, with an emphasis on “The Utilitarian Bicycle” shot primarily in Zambia during my last visit. A certain percentage of the proceeds from sold photographs that evening will also be donated to ACIRFA as part of the fundraiser. To learn more about the organization visit their link HERE.
Hope to see you this weekend!
STEAM & STEEL CAFE
1309 Green Street
Above Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All Rights Reserved.
Forgetting about photography is almost an impossibility for me. Rather than joining the party in Silverton, Colorado last weekend Rachel and I choose to stake out a spot of wilderness overlooking the valley. I dusted off my rarely used tripod and cracked open an ice cold Tecate. I changed my position a few times to achieve the desired composition and waited! Silverton is known for it’s impressive display of fireworks and the storm clouds in the sky were sure to add a dramatic element to the sky.
The first shot was exposed for 10 seconds at an ISO of 200. As the setting became darker I cranked my ISO up to 640 and added a few seconds to the exposure. This large burst was caught at 13 Sec. A longer exposure tends to meld the fireworks and “blowout” the image, still I wanted to be able to have enough light to define the tall trees in the foreground. The bursts were lighting the sky up ..one after another. As the show was wrapping up I brought the ISO back down to 500 and set the Exposure to 30 Sec. to see what I might get…..this large blast went off at ground level..an accident that left no one seriously injured, but lit up the town of Silverton for a few brief seconds.
Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All rights reserved.