David’s Photographic MissionCapture intimate, inspiring and striking moments in the lives of people, wildlife, and wild and human-altered landscapes. Tell the story of human relationships with the natural world through our impacts and interactions with it. Engage people in natural history and conservation through photographically illustrating ecological, biological, and conservation concepts.
Wild subjects, remote, overlooked and misunderstood landscapes
David’s photography follows his work with wildlife, conservation, expeditionary education, and personal adventures. Along with his two books, his photography has appeared in numerous other publications including numerous periodicals and books. His photography has also been used for conservation campaigns by organizations including Conservation Northwest, Wildland’s Network, and Western Wildlife Outreach.
My first introduction to photography came as a teenager, developing images I had captured on a backpacking trip in my uncle, Aaron Goldfarb’s, basement darkroom. On this and future occasions, he provided inspiring mentorship for me in developing my craft.
Camera Equipment: I shoot with a variety of Cannon DSLR bodies and lenses as well as a Cannon G12 for lightweight adventures. For wildlife and landscape photography a sturdy carbon fiber tripod has accompanied me over miles of terrain on and off trail. My longest (and heaviest) lens is a 400mm 2.8 which I will sometimes pair with a 1.4 or 2x tele-extender mounted on a tripod with a gimbal head. In a pinch things such as climbing ropes, boots, and backpacks have served as vital props to capture images in the field.
Development Notes: From my initiation into photography in my uncle’s darkroom and reviewing the photographs and methods of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and photojournalists such as W. Eugene Smith, I learned that photography begins with getting to where the image you want can be captured with the equipment and knowledge to get your exposure. But of course, that’s just the beginning.
My development of digital negatives includes global adjustments of exposure, white balance, and contrast, application of a digital neutral density filter for some landscape images as well as occasional cropping to ensure the most engaging composition to the final image. My goal, both in the field taking photos, and afterwards developing them, is to express my experience of natural world as I actually encountered it.
David sells both fine art prints and stock photography. Each image David sells is developed from the original digital negative for the specific format and size in which it will be displayed. Prices vary depending on the specific image and usage. Contact David with specific inquiries. Find a current price list for prints here
Looking for something specific? Only a fraction of David’s photography is available online. If you are looking for something particular, he will be happy to set up a digital lightbox for you to view images on a specific topic, landscape, or species.
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David shoots events and projects in line with his background and focus on natural history, adventure, expeditions, and conservation. Contact David via phone or email directly with inquiries.