During my last trip to Niobrara State Park I spent two nights photographing the stars. On the first night I setup on the footbridge near the confluence of the Niobrara and Missouri River. It was completely dark as there was no moon, a perfect night to capture the stars and do some light painting. When the shutter was open I carefully used my flashlight on the steel beams and across the deserted bridge. When the shutter was off all I could see was the stars and the lights of Niobrara in the distance. The only sound was the slushing of the water beneath the bridge. That was until I was startled by the rustling of bushes behind me! I turned around with my flashlight and saw nothing and decided I was quite done. I packed up and hurried back up the trail to my warm cabin.
MEET THE AUTHOR
While growing up, Derrald’s parents took him on several trips across the United States to numerous national parks. It was on these trips that Derrald grew a love for the outdoors which we wished to explore and share with others. Photography was a natural result, an endeavor that Derrald began at a young age and continued to explore in years to come.
While pursuing a Bachelors degree at Creighton University, he enrolled in all of the photography courses. With these courses he learned the fundamentals of chemical darkrooms, light, balance, and exposure. After college he continued to explore the art and develop his own technique and style and choose to focus on nature and scenic photography as his primary subjects, although he is not hesitant to point the lens at anything.
Amongst the images of majestic mountains and the crashing waves of the ocean, one can find photographs of the prairies, lakes, and wetlands of the American Great Plains and Midwest. Some of these images are the artist’s favorites as they show the expansive heartland of the United States and the subtle beauty of the area surrounding his home. Through the right balance of subject, composition, and light, Derrald strives to transport the viewer into the composition.
Derrald has won numerous awards and exhibited in several solo and group shows regionally. His work has also appeared in several regional and national magazines, calendars, websites, and postcards. He continues to live and work in Omaha with his family.