About Steve Shames

I have always had cameras throughout my life, but it wasn’t until the early 90’s and my first SLR that I developed a taste for the fine art and joy that photography can bring. Two trips to Africa were life changing for me, and I had a strong yearning to learn and understand everything I could about photography as more of an art form.

This led to a procession of night classes at Napa Community College, where I lived at the time, and a joining of the local photographic community there. The first moment I watched a black & white print develop in the darkroom was a magical moment, and from that point on, the art of crafting images, with complete creative control from start to finish, dominated my free time. I experimented with Kodak high speed B&W Infrared film, and that became my film of choice for several years. Old rusting cars and structures blending and melting into nature in a rural setting, I found was best documented by Infrared film. This unlocked a different and exciting way of looking at the world in front of me.

After my move to the Sacramento area in 1998, I began to discover the stunning natural landscapes all around California, and the western states. I am always on the lookout for patterns and shapes, and colors in nature, and human interfacing with the landscape. And above all, the ongoing character of light and atmospheric conditions. Capturing a moment in time, with light as the paintbrush, is the essence of photography

Back in the film days, I shot mainly Fuji Velvia and Provia 35 mm slide film for color landscapes, with occasional visits back to B&W infrared when the mood strikes. Now of course, it is all digital, but I do many times miss those film and darkroom days. Today the darkroom is all digital with Lightroom/Photoshop, but still with creative control from start to finish. That’s the important thing.

My equipment now is all Canon, with the 5D Mark IV as my main camera, and several lenses, including my favorites: a 24-70 f-2.8L for landscape and a 70 -200 f-2.8L for wildlife. 

Steve Shames


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