Turning Point – Douglas Keech Discovers There is More than just Landscapes

by on Jul 15, 2013 in Turning Point | 9 Comments

Douglas Keech shares with us two Turning Point Images

©Douglas Keech - Early Start

©Douglas Keech – Early Start

At some point I suppose every photographer tries to define themselves by putting their work into some kind of category they call a personal style. My evolution as a photographer has lead me in multiple directions. And for the most part I don’t think that’s a bad thing because it has allowed me to grow as an artist and carry what I’ve learned from one area into another, and figure out how I can apply it.

I started out as many people do, photographing landscapes. It didn’t take me long to realize that there was a lot to it. I was fortunate enough to be able to accompany Darwin on one of his fall photo bootcamps a number of years back. It was an incredible experience, and I learned what it meant to photograph consistently well and to make every photo count. The camaraderie I shared with Darwin and other photographers from all parts of the continent was fantastic. Many, I still keep in touch with today, and landscape photography will probably always remain my first love.

Although I’d been photographing for a number of years, this image I took back in 2009 really stood out for me and resonated in my gut. I photographed “Early Start” along the shoreline of Maligne Lake just after sunrise. Each time I look at the image I still hear the sounds echoing across the lake and can smell the cool misty air. As I positioned the two fishermen in the frame, my visualization of an old antique mountain photo came to be. I suppose you could say this image was a turning point for me as it got the attention of many and still continues to be one of my most popular images.

I also enjoy photographing wildlife and nature. Back when I was 10 or 11 years old, I can remember wanting to be a wildlife photographer. It’s something that has stuck with me all these years.

And along the way, I discovered that I had other photography interests as well. During the long, dreary winter days when huge snowfalls made it difficult to get out and treacherous road conditions made it impossible to travel, I began to explore the world of portraiture. I learned studio lighting and a whole new set of skills related to camera technique, flash photography, posing, and processing.

Today, I spend my holiday time going back to the mountain parks and photographing landscapes and wildlife in my own territory – the Great Bear Rainforest. Otherwise, almost all of my spare time is spent doing everything from personal portraiture to newborns. I find a tremendous satisfaction in working with somebody to get them a portrait that sees right into who they are, and one that they’ll cherish many years from now. And although I never would have believed I’d be photographing newborns, my wife Paula really enjoys it, and we make a good team.

So exactly where my photography will go next, I’m not really sure. But as long as I keep improving at what I do, and can give people images that are meaningful and personally valuable to them, I’m happy.

©Douglas Keech

©Douglas Keech

About the Author

I am a Canadian landscape and outdoor photographer who loves long hikes in the woods, yummy food, hairy dogs, good company and a good guitar jam.

9 Comments

  1. Mark Garbutt
    July 15, 2013

    Early nice work

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  2. John Deines
    July 15, 2013

    Fantastic image and great story, Doug. Love hearing about your evolution in photography. Fun meeting you at Darwin’s photo tour. Have another meat stick, my treat. 🙂

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    • Doug Keech
      July 15, 2013

      Hey John…my buddy from N.Y. It was great meeting you as well and a pleasure to photograph with you. Great times. Those beef jerky’s were sure good. (Thanks Alan & Madelaine)

      Cheers John!

      d.

  3. Carolyn
    July 15, 2013

    What an incredible landscape photo . . has a ring of the Old Masters. Love the toning, etc. Kudos to you.

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    • Doug Keech
      July 16, 2013

      Thanks very much Carolyn…much appreciated. Although some mornings I feel old, I’m far from a master 🙂

  4. Stu Dale
    July 16, 2013

    ‘Early Start’, reminds me of wilderness scenes that I have traveled through. I love the tones and the depth that you have created in this image.

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    • Doug Keech
      July 18, 2013

      Thanks very much Stu for your kind comments.

      Regards,

      Doug

  5. Don Allen
    July 21, 2013

    A fantastic image Doug. Your vision is always inspiring to me! This one is just a classic. I hope you are doing well … I am off to Alberta again on Tuesday.

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    • Doug Keech
      March 7, 2014

      Thanks very much Don. It was fabulous to photograph alongside you and a pleasure to hang with so many talented togs.

      Cheers,

      Doug

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