New David Leland Hyde Portfolio Prints

February 2nd, 2012 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

Unveiling 24 New Archival Digital Prints Added To The David Leland Hyde Portfolio At

To begin this exciting announcement, from the blog post, “Best Photos Of 2011,” four new Lightjet archival fine art digital prints are now part of the David Leland Hyde Portfolio:

Fountain, Main Courtyard, Sauk Institute, La Jolla Shores, San Diego, California, copyright 2009 by David Leland Hyde. Nikon D90.

– “Curved Shadow On Cliffs, Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore”

– “Thistle Heads And Pines, Northern Sierra Nevada,”

– “Tents, Dutton Hall Financial Aid, Fountain, Occupy UC Davis, Davis, California”

– “Grain Processing Plant At Night, Great Central Valley”

Additional NEW IMAGES added to the David Leland Hyde Portfolio at are:

– “Juniper Tree Skeleton Near Eureka, Nevada”

– “Panamint Mountains Near Panamint Springs, Approach To Death Valley National Park”

– “Granite, Pool And Maple Leaves At Indian Falls, Northern Sierra Nevada”

– “Daisies, Cracking Adobe Wall, Carmel Mission, Carmel”

– “Bicycle Church, Barrio Anita, Tucson, Arizona”

– “Historical Mansion, Downtown Santa Cruz, California”

– “Graffiti And Wall Art, San Francisco, California”

– “Self Realization Fellowship, Pacific Palisades, California”

– “Fountain, Main Courtyard, Sauk Institute, La Jolla Shores”

– “Wheelbarrow, Adobe Wall, Fall Leaves, Santa Fe, New Mexico”

– “Bell Tower, San Juan Bautista Mission”

– “Tokopa Falls, Kaweah River, Sequoia National Park”

– “Summit Sunset, Loveland Pass, Rocky Mountains, Colorado”

– “Sunrise And Volcano Along US Highway 6, Nevada”

– “Reflections Detail, Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park”

– “Hay Bales, Pacific Ocean, Santa Cruz County North Coast”

– “Foothills Of The Rocky Mountains Front Range Near Eldorado Canyon State Park, Boulder County, Colorado”

– “Ghost Ranch In Snake Valley, Snake Range, Near Milford, Utah”

– “Sierra Wave Cloud Over Bodie, Eastern Side Sierra Nevada, California”

– “Tufa, Mono Lake, East Side Sierra Nevada Near Lee Vining, California”

– “Tide Pool Rocks, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California”

– “Tokopah Falls, Sequoia National Park, Southern Sierra Nevada, California”

– “Bell Tower, San Juan Bautista Mission, California”

– “Foothills Of The Rocky Mountain Front Range Near Eldorado Canyon State Park, Boulder County, Colorado”

– “Snow And Grass Detail Near Angel Fire, Sangre De Christo Mountains, New Mexico”

View the photographs: “David Leland Hyde Portfolio.”

Please share which new photograph(s) you like best of the group and which you like least…?


  1. pj says:

    Good work David. The two that grab me the most are 6 and 11. Very strong — the kinds of photos that really resonate with me. Tightly arranged and a bit abstract. I like the murals too for the riot of color.

    7 and 31 don’t work as well for me because to me they lack the qualities that make the others so strong. They’re more generic, for lack of a better term, and don’t show your own creative vision as well as some of the others. Just my opinion of course, and should be taken with a grain of salt. Others will see them differently than I do.

    All in all it’s some fine work. From what I’ve seen of your photography so far, your real strengths lie outside of traditional landscape photography and more with abstracted, isolated, intimate images of a wide variety of subjects. I find that interesting. It would be interesting too to know the chronological order of these photos to see how your work is growing and evolving. Keep up the good work.

  2. Hi PJ, Thank you for telling me which you like more and less. Your input is valuable. Besides, I generally agree with everything you said. That’s why it was so valuable… NO… I do appreciate honest, constructive feedback like yours.

  3. Sharon says:

    My favorite is the one at the head of this article, David, although I first read the title as “Fountain Man”. 🙂 I wonder if you aren’t a closet architectural shooter.


  4. Thanks, Sharon for your comment about Fountain Man. Maybe fountain man is that guy at the far end of the fountain. Or maybe fountain man IS me… I love photographing architecture, buildings, bridges. Would photographing bridges be engineering photography? Or, the engineering of engineering photographs?

    On a more serious note and as a special request: I realize you might even like all of the photographs above, but would you be willing to share which you like least and why? It helps me to know the tastes of my readers and collectors. I like to learn what people are interested in generally too. If you have the time and inclination.

  5. It’s a very fine collection and I wish you the best of luck in their reception and some sales too.
    My favorite would be Granite, Pool and Maple Leaves followed closely by Grasses Clouds Reflected. Of course, both have water featured in them. 🙂 There is not one I would say I like the least as I enjoyed each. If I were to critique one it would be Juniper Tree Skeleton only to mention there seems to be an unnecessary chunk of something located in the upper left corner.
    It is a nice varied collection showing you to have an eye open to much of the world.

  6. I appreciate the comment, Steve. That chunk in “Juniper Tree Skeleton” must be either a low hanging branch of another Juniper Tree, or one of my fingers. Maybe I was shading the lens. I don’t have the magazine slide my dad used as a lens shade when using his large format cameras. Not to go on too much of a tangent, but it just popped into my head that dad made a black and white photograph of Ansel Adams shading his lens with his hat. I need to do it that way. Unlike Ansel Adams, I am not yet meticulous enough about spotting my photographs. Half the time I haven’t even gone over them before publishing on the world wide web. Even some of the scans from the household scanner of my dad’s black and white prints have had some specks, lint or other crud on them that I’ve noticed after I went through my whole workflow and looked at them online.

  7. Sharon says:

    Ah, well reading what you have written to Steve will highlight my critique, David. I don’t think most of these are developed enough. If you don’t develop the photographs, you can’t really draw your viewer into them, I think. They weren’t there to see what you saw. You have to present the images in a way that allows them to actually forget about the processing and get from the scene whatever you would like for them to get. Under-processing can be as big a problem as over-processing.

    The photograph titled Juniper Tree Skeleton is my least favorite. The tree behind the “skeleton” tree interferes with the lines – perhaps if you had stepped a couple of steps to your right or a little further up the hill you could have had a clearer view. I think the Sierra Wave Cloud has a chance to be extraordinary with some careful processing and a bit of cropping. I very much like the Adobe Wall Detail – the tree top is perfect. I really like that one. Thistle head and pines is another I like. River Mouth, Big Sur is quite beautiful with it’s use of color. Mount Hough, Arlington Ridge is too 50/50 with too much green foreground and not much of interest in the middle ground.

    The figure in Fountain Man is what makes that a killer shot. I’m quite drawn to it and it is a unique comp.

    I can tell you from experience printing, you want to watch what you have in or out of focus. Indian Creek below Indian Valley is a lovely shot, but the green patch in the right foreground could mess up a print if it is out of focus.

    If this is too much critique, please feel free not to post it. :-), I’ll understand. I’m not the greatest critiquer in the world.

    Best wishes,


  8. Thank you for returning, Sharon. I do need to get on top of my Photoshop skills and do more of it. Your comment helps me confirm what I was thinking all along about “Juniper Tree Skeleton.” I’ve been thinking of replacing it with a close up from near the same town of Eureka, Nevada from my 2010 Favorites called, “Detail, Snow Cornice Along Highway 50, Near Eureka, Nevada.” I did crop the grassy foreground of “Mount Hough, Arlington Ridge From Across Indian Valley.” I will be uploading that version soon. There’s a lot going on. Thank you so much for your feedback.

  9. Richard Wong says:

    Nice work David. I like most of them, particularly the architectural vignettes. Since you mention the PS skills, I’d say some of the files look underexposed and/or lacking in contrast. The colors are there and will pop a lot better in my opinion if re-processed.

  10. Hi Richard, thanks for the compliment and for the heads up regarding the underexposed look that I am still plagued with. We had a discussion on my “Best Photos Of 2011” blog post about converting to jpeg using “Save For Web And Devices.” Mark Graf said “Save for Web…” causes the exact problem you are describing. I have quit using that function in Photoshop where I can, but it is hard to get the jpeg sizes to come out to the Livebooks specs without using it here and there. Some of the resulting photos are the ones that still lack contrast and color saturation.

  11. I’m drawn to the Thistle Heads image – it was my favorite from when you posted them originally and continues to be so today. The fountain image on this page is nice as well – I like the perspective!

  12. I appreciate your input and support of my work, Derrick.

  13. Greg Russell says:

    This is a really interesting and diverse set of images, David. They create an interesting feeling, looking through them. I think you’ve been given some good feedback on some of the images, and I agree with Richard’s assessment of a few of them (re: contrast adjustments).

    My personal favorite of the bunch is the volcano plug at sunrise along US 6. The contrast and juxtaposition between warm and cool tones is really appealing to me. Also, i really dig the grasses and reflections in Tuolumne Meadows.

    All in all a really excellent body of work…looking forward to seeing 2012’s new releases!

  14. Hi Greg, thank you for the feedback and praise. I’ll be fixing the images online in my portfolio in the next few days to look more like how the archival digital prints come out. Just for clarity, the 2012 New Releases, if there are many, will be of Dad’s photographs. Maybe you know that, Greg, but others may not. Even though there may or may not be many Philip Hyde New Releases, there will be plenty of other new developments to look forward to with anticipation. Also, I will generally add and replace images in my portfolio as I make images that are worthy, sometimes without an announcement or much fanfare. So if you want to see new work, please check my portfolio for new print images from time to time. Visit the link in the post above or go to:

  15. I know we’ve talked about this in the past and I continue to believe it – while clearly you are working hard on your father’s legacy, I also enjoy seeing your personal photography grow and evolve!

  16. Hi Derrick, I appreciate you circling back. My photography has to grow and evolve because it has so far to go. Though I did make some significant progress technically this year, mainly due to reading photo blogs and e-books put out by our online photographer friends.

  17. Anil Rao says:

    “Fountain” is terrific. Really brings out the sense of depth in a 2-dimensional photographic image.

    I also checked out your portfolio and I must say there are some real gems in there. Its very nice to see your work, David.

  18. Thank you, Anil, for the compliment.

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