David's Brief Photography Bio

David was born in Los Angeles, though lived there briefly, before growing up in several other Northern California communities. After graduating from high school near Sacramento, David had a stint in the USAF during which he went to a lengthy electronics school in order to work in a classified aviation electronics field. After his honorable discharge, he moved to Santa Clara County, also known as Silicon Valley, where he began an electronics career. Over the years his work evolved from electronic technician to engineering technician to test engineer over a broad range of products, particularly with engineering development of high end UNIX computers and networking. Photography on the other hand was always a non-commercial activity during free time away from work or between employment.


David has backpacked in the Sierra Nevada mountains since the early 70s. Originally his main interest in the backcountry was a love of trout fishing. Though his trips were centered around fishing, he took along a 35mm SLR camera and shot Kodachrome 64 slides. The focus of his trips evolved as he became aware of the magnificence of mountain landscapes. In 1980 he decided to take up photography at a serious hobby level. In the 80s and into the 90s he had several 35mm SLR cameras and lenses atop a heavy Benbo Trekker tripod.

In the 1980's he had many prints made from the first digital transparency scan then laser print exposure system available, LaserColor. In the mid 90s David was a customer of Bill Nordstom with his first digital workflow archival pigment ink print process, EverColor, later Kodak Pro Photo CDs, early Photoshop, and finally the Cymbolic Science's Lightjet5000 printer. David followed technological progress becoming a frequent student of profressional graphic art, photography, and color management systems

Then in 1999, he bought two higher format systems, a Pentax AEII 6x7 medium format camera body and a Wisner Expedition 4x5 view camera. With these larger film formats, he began shooting Kodak EPN100 and as it became available, Fuji Provia 100F and Astia 100F. He also changed from the Trekker to an even heavier graphite Gitzo G1325 tripod for road side work and later a lighter Induro CT113 for backpacking. In 2002 he bought his first of four compact digital cameras including the current 14.7 megapixel Canon G10, the later of which is being used for close-up work and particularly California wildflowers. Though the Twenty-First century has brought the explosion of digital cameras, David has chosen to primarily remain with large format film for large print work. That is because resolution on 4x5 inch film is still considerably better than even high end DSLRs and view camera lens movements are a huge advantage in bringing into sharp focus image planes than fixed lens cameras. Also the process of capturing reasonably natural looking results is more straightforward with film like Provia. For additional information about David Photographic Style & Philosophy.

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