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 professional 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. In 2002 he bought his first of four compact digital cameras. In early 2014 David switched from primarily view camera work buying the Sony A6000 mirrorless with SEL55210 and Sigma 60mm, 30mm, and 19mm primes and began shooting with a panoramic head, focus stack blended, multi row column stitch blended images, post processed with Kolor Autopano, Zerene Stacker, and Photoshop CS6. Since 2007 due to the impracticality of exhibitting a large body of work of large images, David stopped selling images while focusing on closing out his hi tech career. He has however maintained this website presence while waiting for large high color accuracy displays to evolve that has taken more than a decade. And since 2014 this has allowed building up a significant amount of work with new focus stack and stitch digital processing with frame bottom to top, left to right sharp focus. David will be an early implementer with 8K UHD displays by later this year of 2018 that will allow multi media exhibition of large format without being limited by cost and logistics. For additional information about David Photographic Style & Philosophy.
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