Streets of Guanajuato: Open Shutter Gallery. Durango, Colorado. Sept 16th—Oct 19th 2016.

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Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2016

Opening reception this Friday, Sept. 16th 2016 at the Open Shutter Gallery in Durango, Colorado. My work will be presented in the gallery’s unique “vault” space — showcasing some of my most recent work from throughout the State of Guanajuato, Mexico.

Color filled moments spanning the Festival of Cervantes to the the annual Blessing of the Horses in the neighboring San Martin.

Expertly crafted by local printer Lisa Mackey, these image will be exhibited on Moab Entrada paper, signed and editioned.

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Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2016

The gallery will additionally feature exhibits from Holly Roberts and Margy Dudley.

Open Shutter Gallery: 735 Main Avenue  Durango, Colorado.

I hope to see you there on Friday evening!

Best, Jeremy

Chaco Canyon: Capture to Print — Upcoming photography workshop in conjunction with Santa Fe Photographic Workshops —New Mexico.

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Chaco Culture National Historic Park is home to one of the richest concentrations of pueblos in the American Southwest. Pueblo Bonito, the centerpiece of this vast archeological site, is considered one of the most iconic landmarks of the American Southwest, and a rigorous climb up the narrow canyon trail rewards you with panoramic views of the New Mexico high desert.

Join documentary photographer Jeremy Wade Shockley, who has been photographing the American West for more than a decade, for a photographic expedition to Chaco Canyon. Jeremy shares his in-depth knowledge of Chaco and guides you in using natural light and creating striking compositions to truly capture the essence of this Unesco World Heritage Site.

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We spend the first three days of this five-day workshop camping in the stunning beauty of remote Chaco Canyon. Each day is filled with desert hikes and careful exploration of the many pueblos located inside the park, seeking to portray the essence of Chaco through our photographs. Professional outfitters provide our basic camping gear and meals during our time in the field.

For our final two days, we return to Santa Fe and The Workshop’s state-of-the-art digital lab, where we review and organize your new images using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Selecting your best photographs, we create masterful final prints showcasing our Chaco Canyon experience.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind workshop celebrating the archeological legacy of Northern New Mexico, where shadow and light play across Ancestral Puebloan architecture.

Sign up now by following the link below!

https://santafeworkshops.com/workshop/chaco_canyon_capture_to_print/

Hope to see you there! Best, Jeremy

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 Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2016.

Why the Fuji x100s is my go to camera

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Fuji x100s Street Photography | San Miguel de Allende © Jeremy Wade Shockley

I get a lot of request for camera advice from people looking to get their first digital camera, or who want to upgrade from a point and shoot. But lately, these requests are coming from professional photographers hoping to lose their heavy and often cumbersome DSLR systems and trade up for something smaller, lighter and more enjoyable!

Shooting professionally with a combination of DSLR cameras, mirrorless cameras and my iPhone, I’ve experienced the pros and cons of each system firsthand. I know each system’s limitations, as well as the freedom that each can bring to the craft of photography!

For example, the iPhone has its limitations, but it gives me unprecedented freedom to shoot on the go.

Mirrorless camera systems strike a perfect balance between my heavier Nikon and the featherweight iPhone. Which brings me to the Fuji x100s, a stylish compact digital camera — loaded with features. This has been my go to camera for over a year and here are the top five reasons  I recommend the Fuji x100s.

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Fuji x100s Day of the Dead | San Miguel de Allende © Jeremy Wade Shockley

Spontaneity:  This is the number one reason I love this camera. It’s the camera you will take out on the town, or on an extended outdoor adventure. In fact, it beckons to be brought along! When the moments present themselves, you and the camera are set to go!

Stealth: The size of the Fuji x100s mirrorless camera allows for the spontaneity I just mentioned. It is small, unobtrusive and very, very quiet — in fact you can set the shutter to silent! I find my subjects are also set at ease by the unobtrusiveness of this camera.

Simplicity: This camera is perfect for those who love to make manual adjustments when shooting. The dials are straight forward, and classically designed. For those who are new to photography, each dial can easily be adjusted to the A position, for automatic mode. If your preference is to shoot in aperture or shutter priority, simply set the corresponding dial to the A position for semi automatic mode — pretty slick right!

Quality: The quality of the Fuji x100s digital files are excellent! The colors are superb, and the sharpness of the 35mm equivalent lens is wonderful. This camera has a fixed 23mm F2 lens, resulting in a dedicated focal length, which I find advantageous. I enjoy the simplicity and the challenge that comes with shooting a fixed, or prime lens.

Post Production: Adobe Lightroom 5 plays well with Fuji cameras! Even though the Fuji x100s has some great film simulations for the jpeg in camera image processing, I shoot entirely in RAW. I select my Fujifilm simulations in postproduction. There is a nifty section in the develop module that lets me try on different Fujifilm filters after the fact to get the feel I want from my images.

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Jedi Camera Tricks | Fuji x100s                   Photo © Katie McMahon

In Conclusion: There are some great options out there for mirrorless cameras from companies like Sony, Olympus, and Leica, but for me, Fuji offers the best features for the money. Beloved by street photographers, photojournalists and travel photographers, the Fuji x100 series is a classic reimagined — perfect for our brave new digital age!

I picked this wonderful little camera up last spring for a few hundred dollars less then the sticker price, following the arrival of its newer counterpart — the Fuji x100t. The two versions of this Fujifilm camera are nearly identical, built in wifi perhaps being the most significant of the updates to the newer, more expensive version. The other changes, which include redesigned button configuration and a few new menu items, would be most noticeable to the seasoned Fuji user making the upgrade.

Some of the other perks. This camera works wirelessly with my Nikon SB700 flash for dynamic lighting on the go! The viewfinder is ideal for taking pictures in sunny conditions, and the retro styled leather half case provides most of the protection I need for any casual outing!

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Fuji x100s Plaza del Toros | San Miguel de Allende © Jeremy Wade Shockley

Read More:

Great review by Zack Arias on the Fuji x100s

Excellent Video: How to shoot Nikon flash wirelessly using the Fuji x100s — with DC based photographer Michael Kircher

Vibrant Travel Photography: See more images made using the Fuji x100s & Fuji XT1

Latest from Jeremy Wade Shockley Photography: The American West and Abroad.

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San Miguel de Allende. Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2015

Hello friends!

Rachel and I put our talents together to draft our first newsletter highlighting recent projects and our hopes for 2016!

Editorial assignments, commercial photography, education and portraiture remain top priorities for our company — aligned with the passion I hold as a photographer working in the American West!

Click HERE to read the newsletter online! 

Best,

Jeremy & Rachel

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Vietnam: New work from Steve Conney, travel photographer.

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Photograph © Steve Conney 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Travel photographer Steve Conney’s gallery of recent images from Vietnam can be seen HERE. Steve has photographed cultures and landscapes from across the globe, recently being recognized with a Best of Color and Excellence award in the Open Shutter Gallery’s annual juried competition.

I have mentored Steve over the last five years in photography, editing his images while also honing in on his own stylistic approach to photography. Covering digital workflow and Adobe Lightroom in the process! Steve’s travels have taken him to photograph bears in Alaska, gorillas in Uganda, while also immersing himself in the cultures of Croatia, Nepal and Bhutan!

Steve works hard to get off the beaten path and experience the less traveled roads when shooting abroad…the proof is in his images! – Enjoy, Jeremy

Aurora Photos launches new website!

Aurora Photos launches new webiste St. Lucia, South Africa. Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2014. All rights reserved.

Aurora Photos has just unveiled it’s website for 2014, new look, new interface. Very nice!

Visit Aurora Photos to see image selections for license from yours truly…

Enjoy, Jeremy

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KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2014.

Traveling Light: Street Photography Kit

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This is the first post of a series, hopefully providing some ideas or insight into my workflow as a journalist, street photographer and world traveler! From walking around major U.S. cities at night, or exploring the cobblestones streets of Central America, this kit is a favorite of mine.

When shooting a Nikon DSLR camera, I simply add on a favorite lightweight prime lens to a D7000 body, often adding another lens to the messenger bag for variety. The 20/50mm is a favorite combo of mine, or for more reach try the 35/85mm combo. Each setup will yield excellent images on the go! The prime lenses are lighter, sharper and often have the fastest apertures for the money. Their compact size is also indiscreet, I find this attribute invaluable to my workflow.

These images portray a Panasonic Lumix GX1 Mirrorless camera system. These cameras provide much of the image quality and manual controls one would expect from a full size DSLR at half the size! The technology is changing rapidly, with a little research you will certainly find one to your liking! I recommend the Fuji x100s or the newer Lumix Gx7. If price is not your first concern, the Sony a7r and Fuji xTi are gaining popularity as real “workhorse” cameras for journalist and travel photographers alike. Solid build, light weight!

With this system I download my images to the laptop each night when on assignment, once duplicates are made, I clear the card and charge my batteries for the next day’s adventures!

Traveling light:

  • Custom Tailored Timbuk 2 Messenger Bag (Soft canvas, water resistant, low profile color scheme)
  • Removable (Black) Tenba insert provides padding and organizational dividers
  • Panasonic Lumix GX1 Mirrorless Camera System
  • 20mm F1.7 interchangeable Lumix Lens (Excels in low light situations, fast autofocus)
  • Cordless Charger, Extra Lumix battery
  • Metal Lens hood provides protection from the elements
  • 128 GB LEXAR Brand Professional SD Card (No need to carry extra memory cards)
  • Leather half case provides extra protection to the camera, adding additional grip when shooting
  • ASMP MEDIA Badge – just in case!
  • Small Notepad, (2) Ink Pens, Business Cards, Mini keychain style Maglite (Not Shown in Photo)
  • Perhaps most importantly, iPhone 5 – covert camera for Instagram posts, social media hub.