Darlene Shields Photography

  • In February 2011, Darlene Shields shot photos of the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery for the story “The Art of Forecasting a NASA Shuttle Launch” for the July-August 2011 issue of Weatherwise magazine. Her photographer’s credentials allowed her to shoot the launch at the countdown clock at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Space Shuttle Discovery, Feb. 23, 2011, the night before it launched. Photo by Darlene Shields


The night before the successful launch, Darlene took the press bus trip to near the launch pad to view and photograph the rollback of the rotating service structure, which gives the astronauts and technicians access to the Shuttle as it is prepared for launch.  Her photo shows Discovery on the launch pad, no longer surrounded by the service structure and ready to launch the next day.



Darlene is chair of the National Press Club’s Photography Committee.  In January 2009, the Club presented Darlene Shields its top honor for volunteer service to the Club:  the Krug Award.  An NPC Wire story describes the Award.








Darlene’s photo below of the downtown Seattle skyline with the Mount Rainier volcano in the background was spread across two pages  of the January-February issue of Weatherwise magazine to illustrate a story on “The Volcano-Climate Connection.” Volcanos story PDF file.

Seattle skyline and Mount Rainier. Photo by Darlene Shields


The “Darlene’s people” gallery below shows photos of individuals or small groups with each person identified.  Those with titles that include “NPC” were taken at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., including several well-known figures.

Photos in the “Darlene’s places” gallery are from various locations, including some of people who are representative of the scene and who are not identified.

In the galleries below you can see the photo caption by clicking on the “i” below each photo.

Midnight Jan. 1, 2010 at the Natonal Press Club's New Year's gala.  Photo by Darlene Shields

Midnight Jan. 1, 2010, National Press Club, New Year's Gala. Photo by Darlene Shields

In September 2008, Darlene spent two days shooting photos at the Goodwood (England) Revival–nothing to do with religion. The event is a weekend of races for the kinds  of cars  and motorcycles  that competed at Goodwood in the 1950s and 1960s. Spectators are encouraged to dress as they would have in the 50s or 60s.

Gallery of Darlene’s Goodwood photos.

All about the Goodwood Revival.

Darlene took all but two of the photos in the photo gallery for a travel story on driving in Europe that Jack Williams wrote for USATODAY.com.

All photos on this page and in the photo galleries linked from it are copyrighted by Darlene Shields unless otherwise credited.  None may be used without permission.  None of the photos with identifiable people in them may be used for advertising or commercial purposes.

Many of Darlene’s photos are available in high enough resolution for 8 by 12 inch or larger prints.

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