My first serious work in landscape photography was with black and white photographs made in mountain areas using Ansel Adam's zone system. I mainly used a Pentax 6x7 centimeter medium format and 4x5 view cameras. Originally I worked for about 25 years in the traditional darkroom using the usual darkroom techniques with a cold light 4x5 enlarger, densitometry measurements, etc. to produce black and white fine art prints. Since about the year 2000, I have been primarily doing color digital photography using higher end equipment such as the Nikon D800E and Sony a7II. To process my color images, I use Adobe Lightroom 6 and Photoshop CC and other digital imaging software. The digital editing and prints are done on an Apple iMac with a 28 inch Retina display and Dell T3500 work station computer with a color calibrated NEC 3090WQX 30 inch display monitor. My prints are done on Epson and Canon photo inkjet printers using standard and my own custom made color profiles. I try to make fine art images and prints showing the beauty of mountain and natural areas. The images I produce may be very simple with one photographic theme or very complex with many themes in the same image.
I have a special interest in photographing mountain landscapes that was sparked by many mountain climbing and trekking adventures during my younger years in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and the Sierra. I also enjoy photographing the southwest desert landscapes, including those in Death Valley, Anza Borrego, Joshua Tree, and the Mojave Preserve. As a landscape photographer, I live in perhaps the best place in the country –Swall Meadows located near the Wheeler Crest on eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and close to the Mojave desert and Great Basin high desert areas.
I believe landscape work is one of the most challenging areas of fine art photography as it requires a combination of photographic skills, vision, and luck – being in the right place at the right time! The natural world for the most part is a very complex visual array which is extremely challenging to simplify by photographic vision and produce strong images. The easiest part of landscape photography for me is clicking the shutter. Processing the image and doing the print is a little more challenging. For me the most difficult aspect of landscape photography is deciding when and what to place in the viewfinder to produce the strongest and most interesting composition. All this may result in an outstanding fine art image or print.