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.

Limitless: iPhone 5 Field Tested.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2013. All Rights Reserved.
As a street photographer, journalist and an adventurer at heart: Size does matter.

The rapid emergence of cell phone cameras in the world of digital storytelling, and the recent release of Apple’s iPhone 5 certainly begs the attention of any serious image maker.

The file quality is beautiful and accurate. Each picture holds the richness that I would expect in a professional level camera.
Having only upgraded my own phone over the recent holiday, I have taken numerous oppertunities to push this camera to its limits with surprising success.
To protect my new sidekick, I purchased a high quality screen protector – applied front and back – which is then complimented by the Moshi iGlaze Armour case.

The Moshi case maintains the phones intended slim, stylish look while still protecting the camera lens from surface contact.

The shutter buttons are also easily accessible for those who might prefer to trip each exposure with gloved hands – a great tip for cold weather photography.
Stay tuned for more iPhone Travelogue postings…Best, Jeremy

First Place for Photo Shoot Out, UNITY Conference! Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012. All Rights Reserved.

A juried panel selected winning photographs during the annual “Photo Shoot Out” at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of the UNITY Conference. The conference brought journalist together from across the country to share ideas and attend workshops throughout the week.

The Photo Task Force sponsored the annual photography “shoot out” in which a short essay that I shot one afternoon at the Mandalay Bay beach following our work sessions garnered a first place title! Very pleased with the outcome as one of the jurors was none other than Pulitzer Prize winner Nick Ut.

Enjoy the images! Best, Jeremy

Portland at a Glance.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.
Traveling to Portland, Oregon for the annual gathering of members for the National Congress of American Indian seems a bit surreal in retrospect. A metropolitan area, sleepy yet vibrant, perpetually wet, and clinging on to a gray autumn. All this in contrast to the ever blue skies of Colorado.
My trip was brief, and my photographs are simply a glimpse into the neighborhoods that I passed through in route to my destination…One train ride led me into town, less than 24 hours later another was bound for home.
Enjoy the imagery. Jeremy

Snowdown: Voyeurism vs Interaction…




Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

There are post that are timely and those that are not. Simple fact of life. Photography. I want to open a discussion that is valuable to everyone. The idea of a moment; moments witness and those we create. No matter the venue, no matter the culture, we perceive, create and effect.
As photographers, photojournalist; we will ultimately represent the scene. No matter how much we choose to involve ourselves-we play witness.


A shutter captures the moment, our presence interprets history.
Period.
I chose these images because they reflect both sides of an intricate and interesting small town tradition.
Snowdown.
Durango is filled with characters of all background, but perhaps their is no match to that which the residents exude every winter in during the annual Snowdown celebrations in the heart of this historic mountain town…

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

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.