Once in a while we are fortunate enough to get a professional photographer, who is willing to share their photos and their talents with us. After I had seen the types of photos that Don takes, I totally found him worthy to occupy this spot on “PHOTOS OF THE WEEK”. His photos are amazing, and often just breathtaking. I am pleased to present at this time a biography of a great photographer, and some of his great photos that you, too, may enjoy. Please welcome DON WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY:
I am a nature and landscape photographer. I love making photographs and I hope this adoration and passion comes across in my work for you to enjoy. I strive to create elegant and beautiful photographs of the places I have the great fortune to visit. In many ways, this approach produces idealized versions of these places. I feel a sense of awe whenever I’m out and about in nature and all the beauty it has to offer. I hope that in some small way, my photography can communicate this sense of wonder and awe that I always feel when I am capturing a photograph. Although most of my photography is of nature and landscapes, some may include the human elements of some kind. These are made to put more perspective and/or a better composition to make the photograph more enjoyable. To me it is more than just making pictures; it is capturing a moment in time that will never repeat itself. All my photographs are available for prints and merchandise; watermarks will not appear on prints ordered from my website. Feel free to comment on any photographs in this website or email me at http://www.donwhitenaturephotography.com/ , I would love to hear from you. I am a member of the Nature Photography Network and a field contributor for Nature Photographer Magazine.
I received my first camera when I was about 10 years old. It was a “Hopalong Cassidy” camera and was unique, because it not only used 127 film, but I could make two different exposures to each number. When I reached high school age, my Dad gave me his Argus C3, flash attachment and light meter. My first 35mm camera. Now I could do black and white…and color! This really got my photography juices flowing. I started taking ‘real’ pictures. Did a lot of shooting on my own, especially at high school at games and plays. But wanted to learn more and took a photography class my Senior year. There I became more focused on the importance of aperture, shutter speed, different film speeds, processing my own black and white film and printing in the darkroom. My first published photo was an assignment from the photography class and they used one of my images in the yearbook. In fact, my new interest in photography, also inspired my Dad, too. He built me a darkroom in the garage. My older brother, who was in the service, heard about it, (and found a bargain somewhere), sent me an enlarger, easel and trays. It wasn’t too long after that I bought my first SLR, along with a 50mm lens and mini telephoto lens that had a built in cpl filter.
After high school I found work at a color lab that processed film and prints. Did that for awhile until I got employment at Photo Art Commercial Studios in downtown Portland, OR. It was there that I really expanded my photography experience, doing photo retouch, working with other photographers on assignments/jobs with large format cameras, developing and printing color and black and white film and photos, studio portraits and passports for customers. It was also, at Photo Art, that I worked with Ray Akteson, Karlis Grants and John Patterson.
Then, I had a career change…but I was never far from my love with a camera and photography. I’ve lived in 6 different places, since high school, and had a darkroom in 4 of them. I have a digital darkroom in my present home and have been digital since 2000, starting with point and shoots cameras. Bought my first DSLR about 2005 and have upgrade several times since.
I retired about 7 years ago and have done a lot with photography since then. Being in the digital world, and retired, has allowed me to get out to explore and create more images. Also, being on Facebook, has allowed me to be in touch easier with other photographers. I’ve been to a few photo workshops, seminars and tours with Art Wolfe, Moose Peterson, John and Barbara Gerlach, Bob Davis and Gary Randall. Have done camping with other photographers and have met many photographers along the way in my outings somewhere.
Most of my photography is of nature and landscape…but have done 5 weddings and do 3 local singing groups. The singing groups all use my images on their Facebook page. Quite a few of my images, on Facebook, have also been shared with other Facebook Community pages. I do have a regular Facebook page (Don White) and a photography page (Don White Nature Photography). I have a website at www.donwhitenaturephotography.com.
Just a note: if anyone was to challenge someone to do this: to shoot black and white photos for 7 days, and expect this kind of results like Don just presented here??? What an amazing black and white photo.
I will also add, that I lost half my hearing when I was 5 years old. I think this has helped me a lot with my photography, to become more focused, alert and cautious, and to be more particular with what I see and getting the image and detail that I want to create. I really don’t take that many shots (compared to other photographers)…probably still stuck in old school habits from my film days. I do try to get it right on the first shot, with all the proper settings, so that there’s less work to do in the “darkroom”.
A reminder, that you can see his best collection at: http://www.donwhitenaturephotography.com/
A special thanks to DON WHITE for allowing me to use his photos for this presentation. They are amazing. And I appreciate having a photographer of this caliber to use as “PHOTOS OF THE WEEK”. That alone is amazing to get such a variety of photos from just one GREAT photographer. Thanks again Don for all these amazing photos. I only scratched the surface of the many photos you have.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL PHOTOS ARE COPYRIGHTED PHOTOS, AND MAY NOT BE USED WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER. PLEASE CONTACT DON WHITE AT: www.donwhitephotography.com