Like any photographer, I love exploring the beauty of nature and recording the effect of light as it influences what I see. The uniqueness of creation and the influence of life (humans and animals) provide great magnetism to my shutter finger. My creative side started while shooting slides as a teenager and progressed into Black and White silver halide prints as an adult. Now in my later years, I've returned to color with the advent of digital imaging but still maintain my love for B&W.
I have been involved in photography for more than 60 years. Along the way I received a masters degree in Image Science from Rochester Institute of Technology and retired from Eastman Kodak Company in 2002. The post-graduate degree helps me better understand what I am doing but contributes only slightly to helping me get better pictures. During the earlier part of my 36 years at Kodak I was involved in aerial photography, photographic paper design, and graphic arts. During the last third of my tenure at the "Yellow Box" I managed the design of silver-based and chromogenic Black and White photographic papers, like Polymax and Ektamax II. Along the way I picked up numerous photographic design patents. Having visited over 300 B&W Kodak Clients and being immersed so deeply into the field I learned to "see in B&W". Not easily explained.
The recent images in this website were digitally collected. The older ones ( such as from Italy) were first captured on film, scanned and then mastered. Many of the Black and White images were collected on film and then printed on silver halide paper. The final image was then scanned on an Epson 4990 Photo flatbed scanner. Silver halide methods are a retired process for me since I sold all my darkroom equipment and have gone fully digital. I retain quite a few B&W images I made before the demise.
Currently I use a Canon 5D Mark II digital camera with Canon L lenses. Trying to keep the weight down I limit what I carry to the following things in my Lowepro Mini Trecker backpack: the Canon L 17 to 40mm lens, the Canon L 24 to 105mm IS lens, a Canon 100mm macro lens and the Canon 70 to 300mm L IS lens. I have 20 Sandisk 4 or 8 gig flash cards. My "Big Bertha" Canon 500mm f/4 IS lens is too big for the bag. And I occasionally use it with a 1.4 II extender. I frequently use a shutter release when the camera is on the tripod. I carry a light Velbon carbon fiber tripod with a Right Stuff big ball head. I also have a Canon 430 flash that I rarely use and I have the remote trigger. I carry two extra batteries and protect everything in the bag so it continues to look brand new. I minimize the filters I carry to a couple NDs (4 and 8) and a circular Polarizer. With step up rings to match the uncommon lens sizes. I also carry on my belt an awesome Panasonic DMC LX7 point and shoot camera. Also in the bag are battery chargers for two cameras. I also have two other bags, The Lowepro S+W Rover AW to carry that monster lens and a smaller one.
Photo of me taken by Vaughn Hadenfeldt, my field guide, of "Far Out Expeditions" with my Panasonic LX1 Point and Shoot camera. The quality of this camera for its size is outstanding. I now have the LX7 version. It is even better. I shoot in raw format with both cameras. I love shooting panoramas and stereo.
I love to mentor budding photographers. I have taught photography in Santiago (Chile), Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Toronto, and countless times in Rochester, NY. If you are interested in private lessons please contact me via email at DaveValvo@rochester.rr.com.
Please enjoy the website. Also please review my guestbook.
Oh, if you are interested in purchasing any of my images please contact me at the following address. DaveValvo@Rochester.rr.com
Member: Professional Photographers of America 2012
Member: Canadian Association for Photographic Art 2009
Member: Camera Rochester 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Many of my Drum Corps images, from the past few years, are published in the International Drum Corps World magazine. I am a staff photographer for the magazine. It is volunteer work
11/7/13 Currently exhibiting two color images from Venice at "My Sisters House.
11/4/13 Second place for B&W image of "log at Acadia" and Third place in B&W for Eagle Lake. Also HM for "Leaf Dam" in Large Color prints.
10/7/13 First place in B&W at Camera Rochester for "Sky-way to Heaven", image of the milky way light painted to show the roadway..
7/25/13 Sold two of my Rochester Bridge images to the American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE in Kentucky. They will publish 18,000 calendars for 2014. Images sold > Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Genesee and Genesee River Bridge showing rt 390 overhead.
6/3/13 Second Place winner in Monochrome for "Dead tree at Half Dome" and Third place in Large color prints for "Fireworks in the Magic Kingdom". Camera Rochester.
5/6/13 First Place winner in Monochrome for "Girl in Winter Yellowstone"; First Place Large Color Prints "Dark Dunes at Death Valley"; Third Place Large Color Prints for "Girl walking on Dunes at Death Valley"; Honorable Mention for Monochrome "Worm Hole" Special Geometrics Category. Camera Rochester
4/1/13 First place winner in Monochrome for Zabrinski point Death Valley and third place with Yellowstone in Winter fence, Camera Rochester.
3/16/13 Winner of Really Right Stuffs "National" winter "Water" theme contest with a B&W "Angel Painting".
3/9/13 At the 2013, NFRCC, I won seven awards. First place in Monochrome prints with Death Valley Moon, First place in Monochrome Peoples Choice, Honorable mention for B&W "the Sheriff", HM Snow shoe runner color print, HM Death Valley moon, HM color prints False Kiva, and HM, B&W Yellowstone "lonely walk" in winter.
3/4/13 First place in monochrome for "The Sheriff" and second place in monochrome for "Solarized Death Valley" at Camera Rochester. Third place for "Horseshoe runner", in large color prints, Camera Rochester.
2/4/13 Third place large color prints, "Sunrise in death Valley"; Third place small color prints, "Caribbean Sunset"; Third place Monochrome prints, "Angel Painting". Camera Rochester
12/3/12 First Place, Large Color Prints, with "Mule Deer in Grand Tetons", Camera Rochester
11/5/12 Third Place , B&W Prints with "Bald Eagles Fighting", Camera Rochester
10/1/12 Third Place, B&W prints with "Civil War Horsewoman", Camera Rochester
9/10/12 Second Place B&W prints, Anasazi Flame House, Camera Rochester
Third Place B&W prints, Anasazi ruins, Ceiling House, Camera Rochester
HM Large color "My Garlic Reigns" print, Camera Rochester
5/7/12 First Place Small Color Prints, "Death Valley" Camera Rochester.
First Place Special Category,. Architecture, "Aztec Butte in BW", Camera Rochester
HM, B&W prints, "Under Rundell Library", Camera Rochester
4/2/12 First Place Large Color prints, " False Kiva", Camera Rochester
HM B&W prints, Gorrilla, Camera Rochester.
3/18/12 Currently exhibiting in "A Photographers Path" at Rochester's High Falls Gallery.
3/17/12 NFRCC Hm for B&W print of "Aztec Butte", HM for B&W print of "Costa Rica girl", HM in B&W prints for "Civil War Horse-woman", and HM for a color image of "LION" in Nature Digital Color.
3/5/12 First Place Large B&W prints, "StarFish", Camera Rochester
3/1/12 Full size panorama of Frozen Lower Genesee Falls Published in the Democrat and Chronicle Business section.
1/11/12 Authored a two page article in the January issue of Drum Corps World magazine highlighting the issues of photographing of the World Championships retreat ceremony (1500 people) in the pouring rain. http://www.high-velocity-media.com/
10/1/11 Second Place Adult Category - Hilton Apple Fest
9/4/11 Centerfold image published in DCA Wold Championships Program.
7/15/11 Sold a special image of Letchworth Portage bridge to the American Society of Civil Engineers. They published 18,000 calendars with similar notecards.
2/26/11 NFRCC Won HM for a B&W print of "Gorilla" and another HM for a B&W print of Two Story Ruins", and HM for a color print of "Shadow dunes of Death Valley".
1/6/11 Won National Grand Prize for Tamron's 2010 Fall / Winter photo competition with B&W "Angel Painting". Won a new Tamron lens.
10/10 Front page image and 6 other images including one almost half a page wide in Drum Corps World October issue.
9/4/10 Centerfold image published in DCA Wold Championships Program. Others in Program as well.
9/4/2010 Staff Photographer for Drum Corps World.
5/2010 Front page image in May issue of Drum Corps World of Hawthorne cabs taken in 1965
4/24/10 2010 NFRCC, Received second place in B&W prints for "Zabrinski Point" in Death Valley image and HM for a color print of "three fighting Eagles", HM for Color HDR print of "Under the Library" and HM for B&W print of "Angel Painting - Self Portrait".
2/15/10 Presented program on " Some of my Images and How I got them." at Camera Rochester.
11/14/09 Three images published in the book "Capture Rochester '09". "Angel Painting" printed as full page image.
9/4/2009 Staff Photographer for Drum Corps World.
3/21/09 NFRCC. Received First Place Monochrome Nature award, Judges choice, perfect score, and Best of Show for Angel Painting found in "Landscapes, Finger Lakes, Winter Gallery" . Also received another judges choice award in the same competition for a second monochrome image "Ceiling House". Color Version is shown under "Landscapes, Southwest, Ancient Ruins." Also received HM for a color print of the desert dunes.
2/1/09 Winner of "Live the Winter" contest; Visit Rochester for image found in Landscapes, Finger Lakes, Winter, "Frozen Lower Falls"
12/31/08 Image published in Inn Cuisine; http://inncuisine.com/decadent-desserts/wednesday-innsider-sunrise-and-comfort-at-the-blue-heron-inn-recipes-southern-spicy-gingerbread-cake-so-light-buttermilk-pancakes/#more-1931
3/ 20/2008 NFRCC Awarded Second Place in all catagories, Color Print for False Kiva, located in "Landscapes, Southwest, Ancient Ruins". Also received HM for a print of the desert.
1/3/2004 "Best of Show" Howe Caverns 2003 photo competition. Located under Landscapes, Finger Lakes, Summer, Howe Caverns.
1/3/2004 "Best Professional image". Howe Caverns 2003 photo competition.
While at Kodak:
HM Kodak Spring Salon Expert category B+W
Second Place Color slides
HM Experienced shooter people
1st place experienced shooter architecture