About

    David MacLeod PhotographyI’ve been an outdoorsman for most of my life, always looking for a new adventure in a new place. Driven by a deep need to be outside and to explore wild places, I have always put more emphasis on where these adventures took place than on the adventure itself. The mountains have always been a place of comfort for me, they soothe my soul. There is nowhere that feels more like home than siting under a pine tree or at the top of a mountain pass. I am truly at peace in the mountains.

    For years I traveled through the mountains of the west with my trusty Canon 35mm around my neck, capturing images that would later help tell the story of my adventures and help me relive the feelings I felt while on those adventures.

    Upon my return I would host slide show parties for all my friends who were on those trips and those that would like to see the places we had gone. Occasionally I would revisit my slides to try and regain the feelings I felt while in those places.

    Those days I never gave much thought to using my photographs as art. At some point, I don’t recall why, I put the camera down.

    During my photographic down time, I learned to appreciate more than just mountainous areas. I found beauty in the deserts, coastal areas and the grasslands of the West. I have also learned to love man’s interaction with nature and the beauty that it creates. Years passed and in 2004 I returned to photography, this time with a renewed interest. I set out to photograph specifically for art.

    Why art? For me, seeing the beauty that lies in these images on my walls every day brings me back to the calm soothing place in my soul that I felt while I was there in person.

    I now primarily use a large format 4×5 camera. Although large format cameras are big, heavy and bulky, I find that there are several benefits in using one. First, it uses a large piece of film; with such a large piece of film one may achieve amazing clarity and color saturation, both of which are important when making large prints. Secondly, it forces me to slow down and smell the roses, so to speak. There is no automation or zoom lenses for such a camera. Searching for just the right location to shoot from and fine focal adjustments both lead to a slow pace. This slow pace helps me feel more connected to nature, and at peace.

    I am happy to share with you some of the beautiful places that I have found and I hope that in viewing my photographs they inspire you to go to these places and to find your own understanding of nature’s beauty.

     

    David MacLeod.


     

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    Prints

    Bristlecone Pine, White Mountains CaliforniaAll prints start with the camera. I primarily use a large format 4 X 5 field camera. The 4 X 5 camera uses 4″ X 5″ sheets of film, thus the name. These transparencies (color) or negatives (black and white) produce large amounts of color saturation, contrast, and are capable of extremely sharp images; all being essential elements in producing large prints. The 4 X 5 is a completely manual camera. Setting up to take an image takes quite a bit of time and patience, and when performed correctly, you will end up with a great exposure.

    After the film is processed, a drum scanner is used to make a high resolution file. The file is then imported into a computer where I clean any flaws that were produced in the film handling such as dust particles, scratches, etc. Minor color correcting and contrast adjustments are done to finish the print preparation. Great care is taken to achieve an exact duplicate to what I saw while the exposure was taken.

    The photograph is printed with a Lambda Laser Printer with the capacity of making prints up to ten feet long. The paper is run through a chemical process, much like traditional printing, to create a beautiful print. These prints are rated at 100 plus years before fading.

    The prints are mounted and matted using 100% acid free archival materials.

    I offer my photographs three ways:

    Mounted and Matted: 

    100% archival mounting with a 4 ply white matt.

    Standard Frame: 

    100% archival mounting with a 4 ply white matt. A choice of one of our smaller framing materials and glazed with Conservation Clear glass*.

    Premium Frame: 

    100% archival mounting with either an 8 ply white matt or a 1″ linen liner. A choice of one of our larger more decorative framing materials and glazed with Museum Glass**.

    * Conservation Clear Glass blocks up to 99% of UV light rays, the maximum level of protection available in the industry.
    ** Museum Glass blocks up to 99% of UV light rays, reduces reflection by over 85%, and achieves over 97% light transmission to enhance colors, brightness, contrast levels and a nearly invisible finish.

    All matting and framing is done in house to assure quality control.

    Other sizes and framing configurations are available.

    Pricing

    Limited Editions of 300 are offered in sizes 16×20, (12×32 Pano) and higher.
    Unlimited Editions are offered in 8×10, 11×14 and 7.5×20.

    There are three purchase options available

    Mounted and Matted: 

    100% archival mounting with a 4 ply white matt.

    Standard Frame: 

    100% archival mounting with a 4 ply white matt. A choice of one of our smaller framing materials and glazed with Conservation Clear glass*.

    Premium Frame: 

    100% archival mounting with either an 8 ply white matt or a 1″ linen liner. A choice of one of our larger more decorative framing materials and glazed with Museum Glass**.

    * Conservation Clear Glass blocks up to 99% of UV light rays, the maximum level of protection available in the industry.

    ** Museum Glass blocks up to 99% of UV light rays, reduces reflection by over 85%, and achieves over 97% light transmission to enhance colors, brightness, contrast levels and a nearly invisible finish.

    All matting and framing is done in house to assure quality control.
    Custom sizes and framing configurations are available.

     

    Standard Sizes Matted Standard Frame Premium Frame
    8×10 $55 $110 $200
    11×14 $110 $200 $275
    16×20 $300 $375 $475
    20×24 $500 $600 $725
    24×30 $700 $800 $950
    32×40 n/a $1000 $1200

     

    Panoramic Sizes Matted Standard Frame Premium Frame
    7.5×20 $125 $225 $300
    12×32 $550 $700 $800
    17×46 $750 $900 $1050
    22×58 n/a $1200 $1500
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    Meet the Photographer Event at Wolfcreek Restaurant

    Meet David MacLeodYou are cordially invited to Meet the Photographer of David MacLeod Photography at Wolf Creek restaurant on Sunday, Novemer 13th, 2 to 5pm.

    Come spend the afternoon with David MacLeod as he premieres his latest images capturing natures beauty.

    Wolf Creek Brewery and Restaurant
    26787 Agoura Road
    Calabasas, CA 91302
    818-880-6300
    rsvp: info@DavidMacLeodPhotography.com

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    David MacLeod Photography now being featured at Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Company, Calabasas Ca.

    We are excited to announce that David MacLeod Photography can now be seen at the Calabasas location of Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Co. This is a great opportunity to see these images printed large with matting and framing as originally intended. We began installation in December of 2010 and are continuing to add pieces. At this time this is not a temporary show. In collaboration with the people of Wolf Creek, our vision is to make this a home for David MacLeod Photography. Owner Laina McFerren has basically said that the restaurant is your canvas, with few limitations you may put images wherever you like. Owner Darren Utley told us to, “think of Wolf Creek as your gallery”. With that in mind, periodically we will be adding and subtracting pieces to keep a fresh look so when you visit the restaurant there will be new images to enjoy. Although challenging, it has been fun to place work that not only shows well, but retains the integrity and vision of the restaurant. If you haven’t had the pleasure of eating there, you owe it to yourself to visit. Wolf Creek is located right off the 101 freeway in Calabasas. The food is terrific. There is a wide range of options for both lunch and dinner and the weekend brunch is wonderful. Whether you are a desert person or not, house pastry chef Meghan’s creations of fresh daily desserts are amazing. They also offer a wide variety of wine and if you love microbrews, like I do, Rob’s award winning beers are Fantastic; currently my favorite is his “Mountain Hawk Ale”.

    If you get a chance, please come by for lunch or dinner, have a glass of wine or beer and enjoy the artwork.
    I look forward to seeing you there.

    Thanks, David MacLeod

    Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing
    26787 Agoura Rd.
    Calabasas, Ca 91302
    818-880-6300
    www.wolfcreekbrewingco.com





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