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.
Todd Klassy is an accomplished Montana photographer who spends most of his days making photos of the remote, anonymous places that dot the rural Montana landscape. His photographs especially show his fondness for western culture. He enjoys photographing real working cowboys and cowgirls, Native American Indians, and farmers whose culture and traditional way of life is threatened by the hands of time. Recently Todd was distinguished as only the 19th "Montana Treasured Artist" by the state of Montana. His photos have been published by American Cowboy, Montana Magazine, People, Popular Photography, Sports Illustrated, Western Horseman and many other magazines, websites, and books. Over the years he has also received numerous awards for his work. Todd is available for assignment work, his images are available for purchase as prints, and his images can be licensed for commercial use.
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).
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.