Who is Darryl Bueckert?

My name is Darryl Bueckert, and I am a photographer. I first picked up a camera in response to the time I was spending backpacking and climbing, inspired by the scenic vistas and unique mountain light. Since then it has been an adventure that has taken me through some very interesting experiences. There hasn’t been a lot that I haven’t shot in my 15+ years as an amateur/semi-pro photographer. Through the process I have learned and developed and refined the craft. Somewhere along the way I lost myself. I was shooting so much for everyone else that I lost my voice as an artist. There were moments where I almost gave it all up, and there may be more of those moments.

What keeps me going are the moments. The moments of discovery of something new, a technique or realization about yourself as a creative. The moments spent doing something you love. Life happens in the moments making the result less important. I now believe that success is defined by the sum of those moments, not some pre-conceived idea that I once had about what being a “professional” actually meant.

Thoughts on Personal Style

I’m not the first person that is struggling to find and follow my artistic vision. I’m sure I will always fight with myself to find the balance between satisfaction and desire, that I will be more successful in communicating vision than just the sum of my parts.

  • My experience in landscapes leaves me wanting to convey images that can be trusted… have integrity.
  • My experience in nature leaves me wanting to show the beauty and in the patterns, details and texture that exist all around us.
  • My experience in weddings and adventure sports leaves me wanting to tell a story that represents the truth of that moment, even if that moment has had some “help” in being created.
  • My experience in studio headshots and portraits leaves me wanting to consciously use light and shadow as a visual element as it best fits in each situation.

My style will always be in the process of being refined, although the core values behind that will likely remain the same.

Thoughts on Post Processing

The ethics of landscape photography are hard to shake. My formative years were spent shooting landscapes on Fuji Velvia, with the goal to best represent what I was seeing at the time. Adapting to the technical changes of the digital revolution was easier for me than adapting to the new creative opportunities created in post-processing. My approach to post is efficiency. I almost exclusively use Apple’s Aperture for cataloging, rating and image processing, only using more advanced tools when the situation calls for it. One of my favourite ethics, best said by photographer Zack Arias is “If you hear yourself saying that you will just fix it later in post, stop right there, slap yourself as hard as you can and then fix it right then.”.

The best way to figure out your style is through personal work. The kind of effort you put into processing your own images tells a lot about how you want your images to be perceived. Through that process I have come to find out what I like, and what I am good at, and more importantly, what I don’t like. For example, I am not the type of person that will spend countless hours working in composites in Photoshop, it’s just not me and not a strength of mine. I would rather be out shooting, or doing just about anything else. By valuing myself and my time I know when to scale up and bring in the hired guns to get the job done.

Thoughts on Production

I like light. Whether it is “natural” or flash, or a mix of both. The design of my equipment kit allows me to scale all the way up to “big flash” look, but without the overhead. That keeps the production flexible and adaptable, the way that I prefer it to be. Any good final image is either the result of blind luck, or amazing planning. Chance favours the prepared, as they say.