Don first picked up a camera in my teenage years, shooting mostly black and white film and doing his own darkroom work. His interests shifted to color film in his early twenties, then he did the unexpected, he quit photography.
There were a variety of reasons for this decision, but when he looks back he thinks he was lacking a certain maturity that was necessary to move forward in regard to the quality of his work. With the advent of Digital Photography he started shooting again with a passion that had been missing in earlier years. Today he is drawn to a variety of work, but he considers landscape photography to be the core of his interests. Being outside and often in remote locations gives him an appreciation for our natural world. It is his hope that his images bring others to that same level of appreciation.
Today he considers himself a professional amateur. The amateur aspect allows him to pursue photography with a passion that many with a 9 to 5 job lack and the professional aspect constantly pushes him to improve his craft. Even when shooting familiar subjects, he tries to capture them in new and unique ways. He constantly feels a motivation to strive for that next level, regardless of how elusive that goal may be. He hopes to be able to share that passion and drive with our clients at Road Runner Photography Tours.
While he considers camera gear to be important, it is only a tool that you use to achieve an end. In the field he might be shooting next to you with only an iPhone, but that might be the tool he chooses to achieve his creative vision. As David DuChemin said “gear is good, vision is better.” He might make suggestions for equipment that will help you achieve a specific effect, but he does not believe that expensive cameras are necessary for quality work.
After planning many successful vacations for friends and associates, they asked Don and Denise why they were not in the photography tour business. Don and Denise looked at each other and said “Why not?” To that end, Road Runner Photography Tours was born.