Legendary Landscape Photographer David Muench Shares His Photography Portfolio: The Eastern Sierra

David Muench is legendary in the American landscape photography community. For 50 years he has explored the United States capturing the land and wilderness with his 4×5 view camera. He has discovered and photographed a diverse range of unique and beautiful locations, many captured with his camera for the first time. Some of David’s discoveries are popular locations with landscape photographers today. In our 4th interview with David Muench, he shares a collection of images from the Eastern Sierra Nevada in California. As David admits, he often felt he was “born in a boulder” when discussing one of his favorite landscape areas to photograph.

To see David’s new book, his website, and workshops, read on……

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Dave Welling Captures A Rare Image and Much More

Dave Welling recently captured a once-in-a-lifetime image: a rattlesnake capturing a Green Jay at a waterhole. It is a striking image rarely caught on camera and it was a surprise to him when it happened. Dave is a nature photographer from Southern California and has been photographing for over 25 years; specializing in wildlife and natural landscapes.

His photography has appeared in magazines such as National Geographic Adventure, Kids, Explorer and Travel; National Wildlife’s Ranger Rick and Your Big Backyard; Nature’s Best; Outdoor Photographer; Sierra; BirdWatching; Living Bird and Birds&Blooms; in calendars and note cards from Audubon; Barnes & Noble; COMDA; Inner Reflections; National Wildlife; Northword Press; Palm Press; PlanetZoo; Pomegranate Communications; Sierra; World Wildlife Fund; and books from National Geographic; Capstone; Farcountry Press; Grand Canyon Association; Prentice Hall; Voyageurs’ Press; Cowles Creative; Holt Reinhart; Houghton Mifflin; Prentice Hall; Trident Press; Rio Nuevo Publications; Tyndale House.

Dave is the featured photographer in Texas Wildlife Portfolio from FarCountry Press and has produced a coffee table photography book, Sanctuary, on his 27 years of working with wildlife rescue animals at the Wildlife Waystation, a rescue facility in Southern California. The 120 page book features images and stories of some of the 76,000 wild animals that have found a home or been helped by the Wildlife Waystation. Wild animals from native ground squirrels to African lions, tigers. leopards chimps, wolves and brown and black bears have all called the Waystation home during Dave’s 27 year relationship with the Waystation.

We asked Dave to tell us about his rare image and many more great examples of his nature photography.

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The Future Professional Outdoor Photographer is………

…a storyteller!

You have certainly heard, maybe even said it yourself; anybody can take a picture! While that has always been true even before digital, the level of high quality photography is more prevalent today and easier to achieve. Why is that?

It is a combo of many things. Digital technology has made the ability to capture and process an image very easy. Software has brought many tools for interpreting a RAW file into a unique personal vision for the photographer. The web has brought us the greatest learning tools ever known. It simply is not that hard to learn how to create wonderful photography.

Yet one thing has always been there challenging professional photographers. It has been there from the early days of film to the today’s digital world. It is the biggest roadblock to success in photography.

Maintaining a current business model!

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Shoot Adventure Silhouettes for More Marketable Imagery

Often when we photograph we are concerned about good light throughout our subjects and light that provides enough detail to tell the story we want told. We might use reflectors, flash, or HDR techniques to maintain important detail with strongly lit subjects.

But there are also times when we can create simpler photographs that tell a strong story and silhouettes are easy way to do that. They can tell just as effective of a story, set a mood, or create mystery and it’s those storytelling images that buyers of imagery look for when licensing images.

Last year we ran a post on creating nature images using the silhouette technique. These images included Sajuaro cactus,  lighthouses, forests, and windmills. What’s different is these images are adventure images and add the human element, a proven ingredient of top selling images. If you are an adventure photographer then silhouettes are one more approach to telling the adventure story and create more marketable images.

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