Ten galleries of images representing David's work, both personal and professional, over the last 8 years.


If you've tried the books about gear and long for something more, David's poured his heart into 20 books and ebooks for you.


Two carefully curated collections of 24 beautiful fine-art prints and folios for your walls or your personal collection.

Jul 26th


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Come with me to Africa

One of the highlights of my year is my return to Africa. Last year we began with Orthodox Christmas in Lalibela, Ethiopia, and then the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Two back to back trips that were simply unbelievable. This year we’re doing it again, this coming January, and we’re inviting two small groups of people to come with us.

The new year begins with Christmas in Lalibela, Ethiopia, a small, dusty town in the Ethiopian Highlands that sees hundreds of thousands of pilgrims descending on it to celebrate the Nativity, some of whom have walked for weeks or months to be there. Join us every morning as we walk through the ancient rock-hewn churches, a thousand years of living history, with throngs of pilgrims, robed in yellow and white and come to seek the blessing. Or walk with us to evening mass, candlelit and filled with the sounds of chants and prayers. This is an unforgettable adventure. It’s Ethiopia, not a 5-star hotel, but if you’re OK with an authentic travel experience, some dust on your boots, and days spent doing something you can really do in no other place on earth, we’d love to have you join us. There’s more details on the itinerary, etc., on the Lalibela Within The Frame mini-site HERE. January 3-12, 2013.

From there Jeffrey and I go to Nairobi to meet the next group and head to the Maasai Mara, a world away from the throngs of pilgrims, to settle into luxury safari tents, Acacia trees, and the endless beauty of the savannah. We’ll be spending time at two camps, Porini Lion Camp and Kichwa Tembo, and our days among the incredible animals – lions, cape buffalo, leopards, giraffe, elephants – that call this place home.  Count on early mornings photographing, lazy afternoons sitting by the pool and talking about photography, and afternoon game drives in the Land Rovers chasing that magic end-of-day light. Amazing dinners and wine and telling stories by lantern-light. There is a lot of magic and laughter on these trips and each year we forge new life-long friendships. These aren’t workshops in the traditional sense; they’re shared photographic adventures with people of like-heart and mind. If you’ve wanted to see the Mara, and to do so with a group who loves and understands photography, we’d love to have you with us from January 12-21, 2013. There’s more information on the Maasai Mara Within The Frame mini-site HERE.

Jul 24th


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CategoryPosted in: Life Is Short, Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons, VisionMongers

Stop Waiting.

Marshall Eagle, Kenya, 2012   Perhaps because I spend so much time with creatives I spend more time with frustrated people who feel like they were meant for something more. Perhaps if the default in this culture was to make a living in the arts, we’d be seeing plumbers that just wanted to quit their […]

Jul 23rd


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Gitzo Systematic Tripod (GT3542LS)

Emily, my Gitzo Systematic Tripod, and Me. 2012. Photo: Al Smith I’ve written before about tripods and my growing insistence on using them for my own work. Here’s a look at the one I favour these days, with a few specs and mostly wild opinions that stem from personal use. Disclaimer: I love this tripod. […]

Jul 20th


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Mongolia Re-Capped

Gobi Desert, Mongolia, 2012 There were 15 of us, including drivers, our translator & guide, and the photographers who joined Jeffrey Chapman and I on this month’s Mongolia Within The Frame Adventure. Together, over 10 days, we drove 2200km, almost all of them off-road on punishing trails, through the green steppes of Mongolia and into […]

Jul 20th


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CategoryPosted in: Travel, Wallpapers, Within The Frame Adventures

July Desktop Wallpaper

The Singing Dunes, Mongolia, 2012 A little later than usual but I’ve given myself a little more freedom now since there’s no calendar on these things. Hope it’s worth the wait. An hour after I shot this, the photographer in this image walked up to me and apologized, telling me he thought he owed me […]