David Leland Hyde Archival Prints Pre-Launch

September 29th, 2011 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

David Leland Hyde’s Archival Lightjet Digital Prints

Pre-Launch of Limited Edition Archival Digital Prints



Beach At Little Sur River Mouth Near Pacific Coast Highway 1, Ice Plant, Fog, Pacific Ocean, California Beaches, copyright 2009 David Leland Hyde.

(See the photograph larger, go to “River Mouth, Beach, Big Sur, California.”)

Now in an unusual and unprecedented pre-launch time frame, we are offering fine art archival Lightjet digital prints of my photographs. This group of images is the first version of my first portfolio offered in a Limited Edition of only 100 archival digital prints of each photograph. While I am full-time in the business of photography representing my father pioneer landscape photographer Philip Hyde’s work, I am only a part-time photographer. My photographs and archival digital prints will continue to be rare. There will be only 100 prints offered in all sizes of each image as long as I live. In the future my photographs will be advertised, covered and offered in major media, but will be available now only by word of mouth and online during the pre-launch.

David Leland Hyde’s Artist Statement

My purpose is to hurl down icons and smash conventions while expressing who I am through street, still life, architectural and landscape photography. I seek equalization and spiritual freedom with a laughing irreverence for ideologies perpetuated out of fear. I aspire to portray all races, cultures and life as I find them, yet with a twist added through my own selection of the elements within the frame. I often strive for irony, symbolism or to send a message to the viewer through the photographic image that will help people awaken from the present mass slumber party.

A Note On the Photographs

These photographs are all single exposures made with a Nikon D90, often hand held, some with minimal post-processing, some are camera raw. For the most part, I do not pre-plan photographs, or even often take special outings for the purpose of photographing, but make my images in the course of my travels and activities. Thus these were nearly all what would be called “found” photographs, though in the case of those occurring around where live, I sometimes made the photograph on a different day from when I first saw the opportunity.

David Leland Hyde Archival Print Pricing

Print Size      Unmatted/Unframed           Matted         Matted & Framed

8X12                    $55                                $75                         $95

16X24                  175                                245                         315

20X30                  385                                475                         565

For Print Acquisitions Please Contact:

David Leland Hyde

303-562-8198 cell



Or order the archival digital prints from inside the Portfolios tab on the Philip Hyde Photography website. Go into the David Leland Hyde Portfolio and scroll down below each photograph to read image information, sizes and pricing information.

To see David Leland Hyde’s best photographs from 2011 see the blog post, “Best Photos Of 2011,” or to view the best of 2012 see the blog post, “My 12 Greatest Hits of 2012.” To read an interview by landscape photographer and blogger Guy Tal go to, “Interview With David Leland Hyde.” To see David Leland Hyde’s photographs of winter in the desert see the blog post, “Winter Snow On Desert Landscaspes.” Or for his images of San Francisco see the blog post, “The Flowers Of San Francisco.” To view David Leland Hyde’s photographs of the ghost town Bodie, Mono Lake and the Sierra Nevada East Side see “Sierra Eastside Adventures: Bishop, Mono Lake and Bodie.” To see another high quality interview by photographer Richard Wong see, “Son Of An Environmental Photography Pioneer.”

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  1. Sharon says:

    Good idea in presenting your work, David. I was wondering if you ever shoot with your dad’s film cameras?


  2. Hi Sharon, thank you. I haven’t had a chance to photograph with Dad’s film cameras yet. I still have film in the freezer for the Rollei. I would like to have a good scanning solution first, though maybe I would make black and white photographs and process them in a darkroom. I have had offers from View Camera experts to help me learn. I am swamped. Hopefully sooner than later I can at least fire off a few rounds with the Rollei.

  3. Greg Russell says:

    This is an especially nice set of images, David. Congratulations on the release!

    Its hard for me to pick a favorite…although the one you featured in the blog post above is right up there…I like the shapes and the color palette quite a lot. Everything seems to come together nicely.


  4. Hi Greg. I appreciate that. “River Mouth, Beach, Big Sur, California,” came to me by chance, angels or beneficial goblins. I stumbled upon it.

  5. pj says:

    Cool David. The photos are very good — you have a vision all your own. Hope it works out well for you.

    Oh yeah… love your artists statement.

  6. Hi PJ, thank you for looking and for your well-wishes. The reason it will work out well is because of the way paved by my father and his timeless images, their simple, classic appeal that will always look good on any wall. Also, like his photographs, my photographs represent an Earth conscious trend that will grow and become more obviously necessary as time goes on. He helped begin it and I am continuing it. For that we can’t help but be rewarded even if only eventually, but I sense that some rewards will come sooner. My intent is for our work to continue to be an example of making a living by making a difference or as the Buddhists call it, right livelihood.

  7. Dan Baumbach says:

    Good luck David with your venture. I’d like to see some more samples of your work.

  8. Hi Dan, I appreciate the comment. I would like to do a website for just my work, but I am spread way too thin elsewhere already. It’s on my list after some of the current projects are completed.

  9. Topher J Hansen says:

    Apparently the photography gift is in the genome, you seem to have inherited the gift. Lovely.

  10. Hi Topher, If there is any parallel, it will only become apparent through hard work and development. That I have decent eye, but am not much of a photographer techically or otherwise, unlike my father, may be genes or conditioning. I certainly spent a lot of time around my father while he was photographing in my formative years. That’s where my eye may have begun developing, but I believe I have learned more from Dad’s photographs in the last few years while also reading about photography and studying art, than by watching him take them when I was young. Though I did learn quite a bit about photography from Dad and from using my own camera since age 10, much of which I subsequently forgot.

  11. Richard Wong says:

    I like your style David. You definitely have a refined eye. Hope to see more in the coming years.

  12. Thank you, Richard. I appreciate your interest and am honored by it.

  13. Congratulations on the launch, David. Quite a nice collection and despite your humility I’d have to agree that you have a lot of your father’s talent within you.
    Being an eastern kind of guy, I really liked a couple a bit more such as “Indian Creek below Indian Valley” and “Smoky Morning”. “Grasses, Clouds Reflected” is also a very appealing image. But all are pleasing to view and your Street views are unique.
    Good luck with sales and recognition.

  14. Hi Steve, thank you for the compliments and good luck wishes. I don’t really have that much humility. I force myself to be humble to keep my arrogance in check. My father was truly humble.

  15. Dear David, living together with his photographs, feeling his way of looking at the world, and remembering the voice of your father,- this is the very best photographic education I can imagine. And you have found your own way! My favorite is ” Reflection Detail, Manzanita Lake”.
    Best wishes, Peter

  16. Hi Peter, I am honored by your support.

  17. Delma says:

    Hi David, Your photos are AWESOME!!! Of course, my favorites will always be of Indian Valley. Growing up I would not have thought you to do this, but you have become an excellent photographer. I would love to acquire a photo of Indian Creek with the Fall Leaves…. I wish you all the best, and will always remember you and Bill playing basketballl…. LOL

  18. Hi Delma, LOL, Bill and I playing basketball and you always joking in the background. Great, thank you. I appreciate such a fine person as you being a fan of mine, now THAT humbles me. I have to keep doing a great job with people like you rooting for me.

  19. Mark says:

    Congratulations David. I wish you the best of success with your own work. I tried going to the menu item in the portfolio, but it wasn’t working for some reason. I just clicked and got no response. The other sections of the gallery were working fine.

    I love your artist statement. Very eloquent. Writing my own is something I have struggled with over the years.

  20. Thank you, Mark. That’s strange. I’ve never had any problems like that. I’m not sure what you mean. Please explain. Thank you for mentioning it.***

    ***Now I understand better what you mean. I received another e-mail, “…when trying to access your portfolio from the drop down menu, Safari and Chrome will not respond to the link. I have to click on the link above to access your portfolio. Firefox works if I click in the area just above the link. I don’t know if this is a Mac only problem or if it is a Flash problem.”

    I will check into this. I had no idea there was a problem. I wonder if it is some kind of LiveBooks glitch due to me putting up too many portfolios…

    The artist’s statement is a challenging process. I love the process, but dread it too. I am not sure I am entirely happy with mine yet.

  21. Guy Tal says:

    Beautiful work, David! Looking forward to seeing more.


  22. Dear Guy, thank you for your kindness and photo blog leadership. I am honored by you having interviewed me about my father and grandfather on your blog.

  23. Derrick says:

    How cool!!!! Congrats and keep ’em coming!!

  24. Glad you have visited again, Derrick. I appreciate the discussions and input.

  25. Chris Brown says:

    I wondered how long you would resist the opportunity to mess with photography. So did Phil. I think he would be pleased with your coming home. Now we’ll see how far from the tree the apple has fallen. I do think you deserve your own website, if you want people to see you separate from your dad, and to force you to stand in your own center.

    For me, your reactionary statement doesn’t quite resonate with your images, which is often the case with artist statements. Some of your images sure feel like Phil, and some are clearly David. I’ll look forward to seeing more of the latter. Enjoy the quest for discovering your own vision, wherever it takes you. I can hear your dad chuckling to himself.

    Chris Brown

  26. Hi Chris, I am blessed to have your comment, as a long-time friend of Dad’s. After Dad bought me my Pentax K1000 when I was around 10 years old, he would drop small hints and gentle nudges encouraging my photography, but he didn’t push me, or try hard to convince me to do it. He never gave me any grief when I did no photography for years at a time, but he was always happy when he saw me get out my camera. I haven’t been thinking of my artist’s statement as “reactionary,” but I suppose it is in some ways. I probably haven’t yet made the photographs that fully live out that statement. Perhaps as it stands, it gives me room to grow and maybe the statement will grow. I wonder sometimes who is really making the photographs. What is he doing now? Is he involved with my life, or is it just me wishing he was? I have extensively studied many of his photographs. The best ones are branded on my subconscious because of the archival digital printing process. I can see how his technique and style might creep into my work. I remember he told me that his dad, my grandfather Leland Hyde, used to lecture Dad about composition and other artistic points while Leland Hyde painted in the outdoors. Dad didn’t lecture me much. I think he got tired of “Pappy” going on and on and he didn’t want to do the same to his son. Still, I picked up a lot and heard him talk about photography from time to time. In some sense, it may be hard to make any landscape photograph that is wholly my own. To do so may be challenging for anyone today.

  27. Brenda Watson says:


    I am very impressed with your collection! I need to find some wall space to enjoy one of your prints, just having a hard time deciding which one. Too many that talk to me but I am narrowing it down.


  28. Hi Brenda, very kind of you to look through the images and to respond. Glad you are enjoying it. It has been fun showing you my work. It means a lot to me that you like it.

  29. Ed Cooper says:

    Congratulations to you, David, for continuing in the footsteps of your father.

  30. Hi Ed, that is a great compliment from someone whose footsteps and large format camera have also been all over many mountains all over the world.

  31. Robert says:

    D, great stuff!!! Pop would be proud. I need black and whites for the next hotel project.

    Looking forward to seeing what you create.


  32. Hi BB, I am so happy that you took the time to view the new photographs and comment on my blog. A brilliant businessman, who I have been lucky enough to know since we were babies, recommended changing the paradigm. OK, so I’m changing the paradigm, but the pre-release of a few of my prints is not actually the big paradigm change that is coming. There are a few others in the works. Look forward to seeing you this coming week.

  33. Anil Rao says:

    Lovely work, David. I have been a long time fan of your father’s photography and its great to see your collection now.

  34. Hi Anil, thank you for visiting here and for your comment. I just browsed your website. I really like your work. I find the “reality” and your connection to the forms of the Earth refreshing. I can see why you would be a fan of Dad’s. He would be honored and was honored by each and every appreciator of his photographs, but he particularly enjoyed when someone with a unique, natural eye liked his photography. Best wishes and please come by again.

  35. Steve Sieren says:

    Congrats David, you probably could of done this long ago. I’m jealous of the composition, I’ve never pulled one off that I was happy with at the river mouth there!

  36. Hi Steve, I appreciate your confidence in me. If I would just get a little better at the technical aspects of handling my camera, that is, learn how to operate it better, I might have more confidence in myself. Are you talking about the same Big Sur river mouth? There’s a secret I will tell you off the air as to how I made that photograph. Part of it may have to do with private property, poison oak and being willing to contract it to “get the shot.” In other words, I don’t recommend my methods. Oh well, I probably won’t be leading any Big Sur photography workshops to that spot any time soon anyway.

  37. Greg Boyer says:

    Best of luck with the new venture and look forward to seeing more of your work.

  38. Thank you, Greg. I have appreciated reading your blog with your many adventures and tips for Photoshop.

  39. Nancy E. Presser says:

    Hi David – Congratulations on the prelaunch of your images. Your time and energy is well spent in this beautiful debut of your work from your point of view. I look forward to seeing what else your vision will show us.

  40. Hi Nancy, thank you for your support and input on some of the image selection too.

  41. Steve Sieren says:

    Same river mouth alright, at first sight I thought it was your Dad’s photo and maybe he shot it before the fence was there. I get what you mean, people really point that out if I do it and they know. Poison oak doesn’t affect my skin. Workshops in general need to stay too close to the road anyway.

  42. Hi Steve, I’m glad for the clarification. I wish my father had photographed that river and he may well have, but some of his originals have been “lost” along the way. I need to double-check for any large format photographs of Big Sur at all. I did run across a 2 1/4 section of Big Sur images, but there was nothing in it of that river mouth. There was one select photograph of the classic north facing view of Bixby Bridge across the fields with the Coast Range stretching off toward Carmel, similar to the landscape that one or two of the Westons photographed. The rest of the images in that Hasselblad file were fairly mundane. I need to find more of Dad’s good Big Sur transparencies, if there are any left, because I would like to see his photograph of McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

  43. Gary Overton says:

    Beautiful shots Dave. What camera did you use and what lens do you prefer for landscape photography.

  44. Hi Gary, thanks for the compliments and questions about camera and lenses. I use a Nikon D90, which is solid, but certainly nothing special. I would like to graduate to a better camera one of these days for the purpose of making better big prints. I mentioned Nikon D90 in the image caption, but not in the text. I purchased my camera at Costco on special. They had a package that included two lenses, a camera bag, strap, an 8 MG SD Card, a video and a few other little photo items that gave me everything I needed for pro-sumer photography. The larger lens that I don’t use very often is a Nikkor 55-200 mm, 1:4-5.6 lens. Believe it or not, I make 95 percent of my images with the wide-angle lens, which is a basic Nikkor 18-55 mm, 1:3.5-5.6 lens.

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