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Steve Ember

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About me

Hello and thank you for visiting and spending some time with my photos!

I am a photographer, voice actor, and writer. I am unabashedly romantic and unapologetically sentimental. I share my digs with a big sturdy gray and white, very conversational cat named Mewer, who tolerates my proclivities toward Kaempfert, Rachmaninoff, Mahler, and movies with explosions. I love being anywhere Alpine. I enjoy trains and airplanes, and get attached to my cars. I love quality music and good movies.

My photography includes Alpine and other landscapes, European, Canadian, and American cityscapes, including night scenes, railroad and aviation subjects, people, pets, the passing scene.

In other words, I am easily inspired when a camera is at hand.

In exhibiting my work, whether here or in galleries, I derive special pleasure in sharing with others the fruits of those otherwise private moments of looking through the viewfinder.

I also enjoy sharing some of my photography/travel experiences in my blog, Thunderflakes. You can find it by following the link on the right.

Lately, I have been engaged in recording podcasts of some of my favorite travel/photography experiences. You can listen by following the soundcloud link on the right. I'd love to have you "come along" this way. Images relating to such podcasts are so noted.

I hope you'll enjoy sampling my work, and I welcome your comments if a photo should inspire you.

If you have followed my work here, you’ve perhaps been aware of the presence of more FILM images in the mix of late.

There are two reasons:

I have loved film for decades, having begun my photography when film was the only means of (photographically) capturing an image. I've never stopped loving film. Even after succumbing to the allure of the D-SLR in 2008, I have continued shooting film alongside of digital. I like to say it “keeps me honest” – that is, it forces me to be more deliberate in my shooting, also to remember all the relationships of f/stops, shutter speeds, depth of field scales, that I've striven to master over the years…and the fact that a roll of film represents a finite number of chances to “get it right.” This does not mean digital photography does not depend on the same factors coming together, or that one can not be “deliberate” when shooting digital. It’s simply that good results on film demand it. But, to me, shooting film is also a sort of “comfort food” experience that reminds me of the less hurried, less technically “cold” times during which I was learning my craft. And I admit to loving the anticipation of waiting for one’s negatives or slides to come back from the lab – Often, that, in its own “archaic” way, is as pleasurable to me as digital’s (still amazing!) instant confirmation that I got it right (well, a good portion of the time!).

All of this is not to leave out something I so love about film - its textures and character. Passé? I don’t think so, not when one considers all the editing programs out there designed to emulate film down to the specific types. Me, I rather like getting that done in the camera.

The other reason you’re seeing more film images: One of the utter joys of retirement has been the chance to revisit years and years of film shooting – and all the enriching experiences, travel and otherwise – that went along with them. What a joyful time machine it has been for me to re-discover countless, often forgotten, sleeves of negatives and boxes of slides, including the venerable Kodachrome-25, Panatomic-X, Agfa APX-25, trusty Tri-X, Ilford Pan-F and so many more. Moments captured on film which there seemed never enough time to do justice to, while engaged in full time employment…all emerging from my Nikon scanner onto my monitor.

I hope you will find many such motifs as timeless as I consider them to be.

Actually, this ongoing voyage is also true of the results of eight years with the D-SLR, many of which I’m now re-discovering, now that the time is there, and greatly enjoying sharing with my F-C fellow photogs.

The experience reminds me daily of what a wonderful life I have enjoyed since my parents gave me my first camera, a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye, for my tenth birthday, and as I went on to acquire all the (by definition!) more advanced cameras that have allowed me to advance my skills and which have accompanied me on trips and other enjoyable experiences.

I don’t mean for any of this to be purely backward looking. I am ALWAYS looking forward to the next shoot and the cameras, both film and digital, prime lenses, zooms, filters, and other paraphernalia that I’ll be packing into overstuffed equipment bags.

Kinda like this ;-)

Thank you, my Foto-Community friends, for letting me share not only the bright, shiny new work but also the burnished legacy images of a life-long love affair with cameras, lenses, and film.

Most images are available in archival matted gallery prints and as custom printed photo note cards. Please contact me if interested at Steve(at)SteveEmber(dot)com.

All images are Copyright and Property of Steve Ember and all rights to reproduction are protected.

Comments 139

  • Susanne Reategui 12/26/2016 0:20

    Thank you sincerely Steve !!

    Hope you have a wonderful christmas time and a happy New Year !!

    yours sincerely Susanne
  • María de la Rosa 12/25/2016 10:11

    Muchas gracias por tus comentarios
    que seas feliz el resto de fiestas que aun siguen
    un abrazo
  • alexander stefanatos 09/07/2016 22:16

    Thank God!! There are still existing old time darkroom fanatics waiting for the film to dry on the peg!...
    Hello Steve, stay around!
    friendly regards
  • - Ronald Unger - 08/31/2016 15:15

    Hello Steve,

    Thank you very much for your kind words about my photo. :)

    Blick vom Empire State Building...
    Blick vom Empire State Building...
    - Ronald Unger -

    By the way, here are two other photos of this series (in one of my earlier accounts).

    Blaue Stunde - Flatiron Building...
    Blaue Stunde - Flatiron Building...

    Blaue Stunde - Blick vom Empire State Building....
    Blaue Stunde - Blick vom Empire State Building....

    Best greetings from Germany - Ronald
  • gemblue 08/21/2016 23:47

    Thank you Steve for your very nice comments.
    I had a lovely cruise down the Rhine. ~ Gi
  • Adele Oliver 08/20/2016 2:45

    thank you very much, Steve, for your visit and your nice comments - I appreciate it !!! Indeed a sad sight that train .... Naples a fascinating city but so much graffiti everywhere :-((((
    greetings from Vancouver and wish you a great weekend,
  • DOLORES GALMICHE 08/10/2016 10:09

    Thank you for your nice comment about my picture and thank you to so much for your visit.
    I wish you a very nice day
  • Adele Oliver 07/28/2016 21:58

    I just found your comment, Steve .... thank you so much for your visit and nice words - I appreciate it !!!
    best wishes and greetings from Vancouver,
  • Hans-Gerd Hacker 06/07/2016 17:32

    Hello Steve,
    it honours me and I am glad very much about the fact that You suggested a Photo of me for the Gallery.
    For that I would like to warmly thank You.
    Have a good time and show us more Subway-Pictures please.
    Best Greetings from Germany,
  • peacedreamlady 05/15/2016 10:11

    Thanks for your nice comment,Steve.
    Greetings from my Kitty and me!:-)
  • Mirjam Burer 05/13/2016 9:40

    thank you for your nice comments Steve, much the moment I cannot be in FC for personal reasons and will be back..have a great weekend.. Mirjam
  • JeanPierre 04/29/2016 11:08

    Thank you for this opinion :)
    Le parc
    Le parc
    Monte en l'air...
    Monte en l'air...
  • CHOISNET Christiane 04/29/2016 9:38

    Thank you very mutch ! Steve for for the picture of the shepherd.
  • Bricla 04/25/2016 7:17

    Danke für deinen Trip durch meine Fotos und die Favoriten.
    Gruß Bricla
    Entflammt - Aus dem Leben eines Streichholzes
    Entflammt - Aus dem Leben eines Streichholzes
  • T. Schiffers 04/11/2016 19:18

    T. Schiffers
    thanks a lot!;-))) tino
  • fabrizio bertini 03/28/2016 7:01

    1000 grazie
    ciao fabrizio
    fabrizio bertini
  • Certeau Dominique 03/16/2016 18:12

    Certeau Dominique

    Aucune mise en scène.
    Merci de l'avoir commentée et appréciée.
  • Certeau Dominique 03/15/2016 8:15

    Vous plaisantez?
    Vous plaisantez?
    Certeau Dominique
    À l'œuvre.
    À l'œuvre.
    Certeau Dominique

    Merci de ta visite et de l'agréable commentaire.
  • Brigitte H... 03/01/2016 14:43

    Thank you for your comment, steve ..
    It's always nice not to work according to the rules of photography..
    Have a nice day..
  • Susanne Kämmner 11/16/2015 13:03

    You know, Steve, the miracle of your photos isn´t reclusively the photography-part. It is the "all-in package" you always offer. Each of your photos has a story; and with the story they gain a soul. Most of your photos are incredible enough being standalones without this story, but without the information behind they remain just pictures. Equipped with a story or information they mutate into an illustrated story-book with a heart & a soul. And that´s obviously the mystery of your photography ... your photos not only have, but reveal their souls. They strike a chord with the beholder. And in consequence one cannot help being charmed by them. And yes - it is a given that the man behind the camera not only has "two (photographer´s) eyes" but "a romantic sensibility", too. Without these characteristics your photography would never be able to radiate the emotionalism as it does.
  • Alexa frost 09/21/2015 4:18

    Thank you Steve for your comment on this cat and his headlights ! ;-)
    I really enjoyed to look slowly at your pictures....
    I love your style !
    Have a nice week !
  • Storyteller 09/01/2015 19:27

    Hallo Steve, Thanks for your comment. Great that you like it.
    Cheers, Sabine
    Please Mr. Postman...
    Please Mr. Postman...
  • Storyteller 08/20/2015 12:27

    Thanks for your comment, Steve! I can assure that Colmar definitely is worth a visit.
    Greetings, Sabine
    The pittoresque city of Colmar
    The pittoresque city of Colmar
  • bruninature 07/23/2015 13:46

    Hello Steve, many thanks for your comment. have a nice day. Bruni
  • Francis Vanderveken 06/14/2015 12:57

    Merci beaucoup Steve pour ton sympathique commentaire.
    Le passé qui passe.
    Le passé qui passe.
    Francis Vanderveken

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Two eyes, a romantic sensibility, and some cameras, lenses, and stuff.