Introducing Dave Delnea

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I wanted to introduce you to Dave Delnea this morning. On Friday we’re releasing his eBook, Below The Horizon, and it seemed only right that you meet him first. Dave is a friend of mine, and a photographer whose craft and creativity I deeply admire. I know few photographers who have as much passion for actually going out and creating images just for the sake of their creation and engagement in the process.  You can find his work at, and read about his career in VisionMongers. Below the Horizon launches early Friday morning, depending on your time zone, and will have a very limited time discount.

I was 22 when I made the decision to commit myself to pursuing the craft of landscape photography. Having no real clue how to go about this I did what any young, somewhat irresponsible, adventure-starved kid would do; I quit my job, jumped into my car and headed for the mountains.  I spent months living in my tent and car, eating instant noodles and hiding from the park rangers (I had a bit of an aversion to paying for campsites).  I found that the shots that I would get the most excited about were the ones that came from the very edges of the day.  I loved shooting long dusk exposures and seeing how the water and clouds would move through the frame, I would run around with my headlamp and use it to lightpaint rocks and trees in the scene, I would hike hours in the dark to get to a location to set up a star-trails shot where I would sleep beside my camera while it rendered a single image.

I have such fantastic memories of those times – and the skills I learned then are what helped to start my career in photography and continue to be an integral part of it.  I now shoot primarily for commercial clients and have applied the concepts I discuss in this ebook on photoshoots for resorts, hotels, architecture and tourism clients, ad agencies and design firms.  I still have simple shoots that are just me, my camera and a tripod – while others incorporate a whole crew of people along with elaborate lighting set-ups.  Still the concepts I use are based on the same skills learned from my park-ranger-hiding, instant-noodle-eating, time in the mountains.

I hope this coming ebook inspires you to head out with your camera at some ridiculous hour of the day so you can experience the same excitement I do at seeing these sorts of images appear on your camera’s LCD.  As I say in the book – it’s not always easy to get yourself out at those hours of the day, but I’ve never once regretted the effort.

happy shooting

Image 1:
A 6 hour exposure of the stars over the “Giant Cleft” a unique
geological feature in Cathedral Provincial Park, BC, Canada.

Image 2:
An evening twilight shot of where the the Coquihalla River meets the
Fraser River (Hope, BC, Canada)


  1. JVL

    Thanks Dave! (and Dave). Your writing is very easy to drink-in and digest.

    DuChemin, the complex 30-something year old scotch that comes with years of sitting in an oak casket – often with smells and spices unknown and unfamiliar to the “everyman” – the imbibement of which can lead to merriment in discussion, or deep troublesome brooding, which may take days to recover from. Indeed, I find myself bookmarked half-way through the Inspired Eye 2 as if swirling it around a short tumbler, taking in it’s aroma.

    You (Delana – or Dave D), are the delicious pale-ale, no less complex, but easier to both get through and to have a second round of. I’d order you by the quart.

    Below the Horizon isn’t the kind of book I want to read over a week – I want to read it in a night (or afternoon), and go out and shoot applying your techniques – then come back for your next installment right away!

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    @JVL – You, sir, may drop by any time you like for a dram with Dave and I.

  4. Brian Hirschy

    All I know is that beer, scotch, and photography have been mentioned on the same page – and thats a good thing.

    Having been trained largely by a landscape photographer, your comments on getting up and out at weird times of the day struck a chord with me. Some of my most memorable moments behind a camera have been sitting there, freezing my arse off, waiting for the sun to come up and do its thing.

    Excited to get a taste of your ebook. If anyone wants to send scotch OR beer to the Tibetan plateau, I’d be highly appreciate it since you guys brought it up and reminded me of how bad Chinese beer is (if we even classify it as beer).


  5. Tyler Wainright

    I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. I also consider myself more of a landscape photographer and look forward to seeing how you approach your craft and maybe learn a thing or two from you.

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