A naturalist, writer, teacher, and photographer, Kevin Adams has had a lifelong love affair with nature and the outdoors, and he enjoys sharing his passion with others. A photographer for nearly 30 years, Kevin is the author of nine books, including the bestselling North Carolina Waterfalls. In addition to photography, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, and gazing up at the night sky. He also writes magazine articles and his photographs appear regularly in books, magazines, calendars, and advertisements across the country. He is the man behind the popular Digital After Dark® blog and the free Night Photography News eNewsletter. Often called the “MacGyver of Photography,” Kevin has designed several unique products for night photographers. He lives in the mountains of North Carolina with his lovely wife, Patricia, their mischievous cats, Lucy and Titan, seven chickens named after women from Star Trek, and a groundhog that lives under the house and eats Patricia’s flowers.
While growing up, Derrald’s parents took him on several trips across the United States to numerous national parks. It was on these trips that Derrald grew a love for the outdoors which he wished to explore and share with others. Photography was a natural result, an endeavor that Derrald began at a young age and continued to explore in years to come. While pursuing a Bachelors degree at Creighton University, he enrolled in all of the photography courses. With these courses he learned the fundamentals of chemical darkrooms, light, balance, and exposure. After college he continued to explore the art and develop his own technique and style and choose to focus on nature and scenic photography as his primary subjects; although, he is not hesitant to point the lens at anything. Among the images of majestic mountains and the crashing waves of the ocean, one can find photographs of the prairies, lakes, and wetlands of the American Great Plains and Midwest. Some of these images are the artist’s favorites as they show the expansive heartland of the United States and the subtle beauty of the area surrounding his home. Through the right balance of subject, composition, and light, Derrald strives to transport the viewer into the composition.Derrald has won numerous awards and exhibited in several solo and group shows regionally. His work has also appeared in several regional and national magazines,calendars, websites, and postcards. He continues to live and work in Omaha with his family.
With seventeen large format coffee table books to his credit, including the titles America, Alaska, Bush Pilots of Alaska, Arizona, and Utah, outdoor photographer Fred Hirschmann travels the breadth of America capturing our country’s grandeur. More than 12,500 of his images have been published, with his photos regularly appearing in hundreds of scenic calendars, as well as magazines such as National Geographic, LIFE,and National Parks. In addition to three decades as a professional photographer, Fred spent eleven years working for the National Park Service with park ranger positions in Yellowstone, Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Voyageurs, Death Valley, Petrified Forest, Lake Clark, and Florida’s Everglades national parks. While at the Everglades, Fred lived at the Shark Valley Tower where he thoroughly enjoyed listening to the calls of Limpkins and barred owls while sleeping in the center of Florida’s great River of Grass. Fred graduated with honors from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources in 1977. With his wife, Randi, also a photographer, and their two Australian Shepherds, Fred lives in a log cabin near Wasilla in Alaska’s Matanuska Valley.
Mark Lisk has long roamed the deserts, mountains, and river canyons of the American West by foot. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photographic Arts, Mark climbs from the sea to high ridges and plains, gathering within his camera worlds of color and expanse that few ever see or capture in any form. From dry curls of patterned lake bottom to the tiniest brilliant lichen set before a vast line of granite peaks, Mark’s foregrounds set him apart. His work fits whole universes of wilderness into single frames. Mark has recently rediscovered his passion for the black and white image. His strong sense of composition complements black and white tones giving the viewer a sense of isolation, alone in a wide sweeping landscape. Mark’s photographs stand alone within five books, Idaho Impressions (1997); Salmon River Country (2005); Desert Water (2005); Idaho: Portrait of a State (2007); and his newest, Owyhee Canyon Lands (2008).
Greg Lundgren is a life-long Minnesotan who lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Cindy, and their two dogs. Primarily self-taught, his photography adventure began in earnest when he used a small inheritance from a great aunt to buy a “real” camera to capture his daughters’ youth hockey games. This hobby soon became an obsession as he began seeking other, less mobile, subjects to photograph. The nearby Mississippi river and the city skylines of Minneapolis and St. Paul soon drew his attention – especially on calm nights when the water reflected the bright city lights. “There is something magical about the reflective qualities of water, especially after dark, that continually draws me to the riverfront.” This magic has resulted in thousands of images, many of which have been made available for purchase at www.GregLundgrenPhotography.com. Greg’s images have been licensed for everything from bus benches, vending machines and car wraps to business cards, book covers, visitor guides, greeting cards and calendars. Numerous websites feature his work on their banner pages, including the City of St. Paul. His prints can be found gracing the walls of numerous businesses and homes throughout Minnesota and have been featured in several books. In addition to his almost daily photography adventures in his home state, Greg has traveled extensively throughout North America – visiting more than 40 states and provinces in the past 10 years – seeking new images everywhere he goes.
David Muench / Marc Muench
David Muench has photographed the landscape in all its grandeur for half a century. Traveling the U.S. since early childhood with his father, renown photographer Josef Muench, there was never another way of life for him. His 4 x 5 large format camera is as much a part of him as his innovative eye. He has lately been experimenting with digital cameras as a result of his work photographing World Heritage Sites for UNESCO and Panasonic. Innovator of original and oft-imitated approaches to the landscape, Muench brings his own idea of geography into both his spectacular color and black and white images. Long intimate with America’s wild places, in recent years Muench has expanded outward across the globe, photographing in Antarctica, New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Japan, Morocco, South Africa, the Galapagos, Patagonia, Russia, and Belarus. Muench’s work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries, including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, California. A shared exhibit with Ansel Adams and Jack Dykinga was mounted at the Phoenix Art Museum, The Center for Creative Photography, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. He was commissioned by the National Park Service to provide thirty-three photographic murals presenting the landscapes of the Lewis and Clark expedition. He has published over fifty large format books. David lives in Corrales, New Mexico.
Marc Muench has been a professional landscape and sports photographer for over twenty years. He has photographed for book publishers such as Graphic Arts Books, Browntrout Publishing, and Time, Inc., and his photography has appeared on covers or inside Time, National Geographic, Traveler, Arizona Highways, Ski, Skiing, Sunset, Outside, Sierra Magazine, and more. Marc was designated by Kodak in 2003 as a Kodak PhotoIcon, and he represented Canon Camera in several ad campaigns, as well as appearing on “Canon Photo Safari,” which aired on ESPN outdoor block for eight straight seasons. Marc is now the “artist in residence” at dgrin.com for Smugmug, where he contributes on a regular basis to the “Muench University” critique thread. He is currently the photo editor of the National Parks guide, published by The American Park Network, which contains many of his images taken throughout the United States National Park system. Marc lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, Stefanie, and their three children.
Rick Schafer's interest in photography originated in high school. His experience began to develop under a twelve-year apprenticeship with his stepfather, Ray Atkeson, who had a significant influence in his life and his Photography. Rick Schafer’s scenic, commercial, and culinary photography has been published nationally and internationally. His photography has been used in a variety of advertising, editorial and decor projects. Publishing credits include Weiden & Kennedy Agency, Alaska Airlines, Golf Connoisseur, Conde Nast Golf, Gerber Advertising Agency, Hasselblad Publications, The State of Oregon, Central Oregon Visitors Association, National Parks Publications. Rick’s recent works include these exhibit-format books: Oregon: Portrait of a State, The McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant Cookbook and A Chef’s Bounty: Celebrating Oregon’s Cuisine, Vintner’s Kitchen, Oregon IV, Our Portland, Magnificent Places: Oregon Coast. Rick is a fifth-generation Oregonian and currently lives with his wife, Teresa, and their four children in Portland, Oregon.
Randall Lee Schieber
Randall Lee Schieber is a commercial photographer based in Columbus, Ohio. He has been shooting professionally for over twenty-five years. He specializes in editorial, architectural, location and travel photography. His stock photography includes: travel images from throughout the United States, broad coverage of the Midwest, an extensive collection of Ohio and its major Landmarks, and major cities including Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. His landscape, scenic and nature photography, including skylines, Ohio State Parks, gardens and arboretums, and other major landmarks can be found in numerous publications. His editorial photography covers a wide range of assignments and organizations, festivals and special events. Randall was born in Findlay, Ohio. His early childhood was spent in Mexico City where he learned to speak Spanish and developed an interest in travel. He has traveled widely throughout the United States and Mexico. He studied photography and art, first in Tucson, Arizona and later at the Ohio State University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. His photography has been sold to numerous corporate clients, including Sears Distribution, McDonalds, several medical facilities in Cleveland, and various hotels, condominiums and assisted living facilities. Randall has published numerous calendars on Columbus and has been featured exclusively in more than twelve Ohio Scenic Calendars. He currently has six books published, Columbus Impression, Columbus Ohio: A Photographic Portrait, Ohio Then and Now, Ohio Simply Beautiful, Ohio Impressions, and Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum. His work has appeared in many national and local publications, including magazines, newspapers, posters, postcards, and books.