Jim Shoemaker
Leaf Aptus 17

"The quality of the images that my Aptus produces is so high and the resolution looks as good as any film I've ever shot."

Jim Shoemaker

My Mamiya 645 medium format camera and Leaf Aptus 17 go with me everywhere I travel. This is because the quality of the images this setup produces is so high. Even though this back is only 17MP ( less than my DSLR), it easily rivals and often exceeds my other cameras because of the large pixel size on the sensor. I also love the fact that I can dial down to ISO 25, which I often do when shooting landscapes. The noise level is extremely low and the resolution looks as good as any film I've ever shot.

Jim Shoemaker is an award-winning fine art photographer whose images depict the nature, landscapes, historic landmarks and people he encounters in the western United States. His work has appeared in publications such as Outdoor Photography, American Photo, Cowboys & Indians, Nature Photographer, Silvershotz and Malibu Times and has been featured multiple times on the cover of OUtdoors, a publication of the National Park Service.

Early in his professional graphic design career, Jim discovered a strong correlation between nature and the layouts, typography and color he used. Building on this concept he began to explore unique perspectives, lighting and composition through photography. His favorite study subjects include: Yosemite National Park, Death Valley, Utah, the California Coast and various ghost towns peppered throughout the western United States.

Today, Jim enjoys the challenge of capturing familiar, often-photographed subjects through a fresh lens. His drive for the perfect shot pushes him beyond the limitations of weather reports and tourist destinations into the realm of exquisite art.

Travelling off the beaten path is one of Jim's specialties. The thrill of capturing rarely seen vistas with his unique eye often results in one-of-a-kind photos.

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