Dave at Avalanche Gorge
Photo by Dan Svilar

The world is full of beautiful pictures. Fortunately 99% of those pictures are taken from the same few locations - near a car - leaving those with a little creativity and willingness to sweat an entire world of new subject matter. Here you'll find images from places that have rarely been visited and sometimes never photographed. World travel is exciting, but to me the best adventure exists in our own backyards. Luckily for me it's the most wild and rugged wilderness in the lower 48 states - the Pacific Northwest. I hope these photographs inspire you to venture off the trail you're on - whatever that might be - to find the beauty that's within nature and... yourself.

About Dave

My first outdoor memories were with my Dad on Mt Pilchuck and Mt Three Fingers near my hometown of Snohomish, WA. Dad showed me how to use an SLR camera, and more importantly, how to get good photos - by showing up at a great place at the correct time of day. By the time I had finished college in Bellingham I had climbed all of Washington's big peaks. Since then I've taken trips abroad to Asia, Africa and New Zealand and lived in Colorado. My wife Jill and I have taken our time settling down but plan to do so on the eastern side of the Cascades where it's sunny and less crowded.

To see the story behind some of the pictures and to learn more about me than you would ever care to know visit my other site at www.alpinefever.com.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by,

About the Images

A frequent comment when people see my photography is "you must use filters" or "you used Photoshop." To get the colors and effects you see in some of the photographs I simply showed up in the right place at the right time. Usually that right time is within an hour of sunrise or sunset. I've found that the difference between taking "snapshots" and an image that conveys a sense of feeling is simply making the effort to be at a beautiful place at the most beatutiful time of day. It has nothing to do with filters or Photoshop.

Having said that, I do use two filters that I find indespensible: a polarizer for cutting glare, and a neutral density filter that makes it possible to achieve correct exposures during the "magic hour" of sunrise or sunset. Neither of these filters add color to my photographs and are accepted by nearly every photographer. Another indespensible tool that has received a bad rap is Photoshop. This computer program allows more creative control over my photographs and is used like a modern day version of Ansel Adams' dark room. I do not and never will use it to put color where there was none before or magically transform a goat into the middle of an otherwise drab photograph. I simply use it to "tweak" my images to make them look like what I had envisioned when I orginally took the photograph, which is an accepted technique in nearly every photography circle. Hopefully that clears up any misconceptions about my images... look for more detailed explanations on how I created individual images coming in "inside the image."