Over the last two years, it has been my great pleasure to participate in several of David’s photography trips. I’ve been to the Tetons for night photography, the San Juan’s for fall colors, Whitepocket/Paria Canyon/Buckskin Gulch with car camping and, most recently, a back packing trip to Blue Lakes, Colorado. If I had the time and opportunity, I would, easily, work with David once a month. Should anyone have any interest in photography in the West, I can recommend him with no reservations whatsoever.
What I most admire and appreciate about David is his thorough and thoughtful preparation. When we met in the Tetons, he’d already spent weeks in the area on his own exploring and hiking and scouting locations for night photography. Similarly, he’d already backpacked into Blue Lakes before we went with him. He knew what to expect and where and when to look for the best opportunities in that location at that time of the year. The same was true of the trips to the San Juans and the Whitepocket area.
I’ve observed David work comfortably with other members of these tours providing both technical ideas regarding capturing an image as well as aesthetic suggestions to others for their images. During the daytime in the Tetons and the San Juans, that is, those locations wher we had electricity and roofs over our heads, he presented his approach to post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop that offered me ideas I’d never considered before. It is easy for me to imagine going to a post processing workshop for nature photography with David for several days. I would jump at the chance to learn just that part of the photography experience.
I hope to be able to join him on his trip to Zion National Park in the fall and would be thrilled to go to Death Valley with him, though my schedule probably won’t allow it for over a year. He’s spent a lot of time in Death Valley and found locations that are not likely to be on more usual tours there. I’ve truly admired his work from Death Valley.
Lastly, David is a good cook. He prepared three dinners from scratch each evening on the Whitepocket/Paria Canyon/Buckskin Gulch trip. His pork chops with sweet potatoes and apple chutney was a memorable meal. One I’d be happy to have again, camping or at home.
If you are thinking about a photography trip in the West, it’s hard for me to imagine anyone could offer more than David.
Ox Bow Bend