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 continued to 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 marshes, prairies, and wetlands of the American Midwest and Great Plains. Some of these images are the artists’ favorites as they show the expansive heartland of the United States and the sometimes subtle beauty of the area surrounding his home. Through the right balance of subject and with dramatic light, no matter the location, 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 magazines, calendars, websites, and postcards. In addition to nature photography, Derrald photographs real estate and architectural photographs for local realtors. He continues to live and work in Omaha with his family.
For more photographs please visit my photography website at Journeyoflight.com or my blog at Traveling the Journey Of Light.