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About Me

I'm Norbert Daberko

Photography has been a passion for most of my life.  I was inspired by my father who gave me a technical and material foundation and who had and endless appreciation for the beauty of life. I was exposed to cameras, tripods, studio lighting, film canisters and so on by my father throughout my childhood. My first real interest in photography developed watching my father photographing landscapes and family pictures when I was a boy. His camera of choice was a Leica IIIf, which was part of a photo-journalist set-up he had. That camera, built in the late 1940's, still works today! My father was a professional photographer by trade when he was young, but gradually migrated to photolithography used in the manufacturing integrated circuits in the aerospace industry. As a teenager, I would often help my father on trips with his gear. Occasionally, he'd explain to me the function of the controls on his camera and how he was using them to capture the image he saw. At that time, my mom had an old folding bellows camera that she didn't use much. My father helped me to learn the basics of photography with it (as I'm sure he really didn't want his teenage son “playing” with his Leica). By my early teen's, I already had a notorious reputation for disassembling things to see how they worked. Sometimes they didn't quite work when I was finished reassembling them. This curiosity, however, is what eventually led me to a long successful career in electrical engineering. While in high school, my parents gave me a Minolta SRT-102. This was my first SLR camera, and the real start of my photographic journey.

For a while, the only lens I had for my first "real" camera was a 50mm f/1.4. The Minolta SRT-102 was a wonderful camera and the perfect vehicle for developing a solid understanding of photography. Although it had a light meter to help with exposure, it was a fully manual camera. Being manual, however, gave me full creative control of the image I captured and facilitated gaining a strong understanding of photography and cameras. Composition, focusing, depth of field, exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture, ASA (as it was called back then) all had to be deliberately determined to capture the image you saw. Let's not forget loading the film in a dark location to prevent light bleed. Over time, I bought additional lenses, on-camera flash, tripods and other standard photographic equipment. This was the set-up I used for almost 20 years. In the mid 1990's my first experiences with a number of digital cameras did not convince me to give up my 35mm film-based Minolta SRT-102. The images these early digital cameras produced left a lot to be desired. For a while, I still shot film, and then scanned images to get a "quality" digital version. Over time, Digital cameras quickly evolved and improved on image fidelity and resolution. The first digital camera I had access to that I thought took some really nice images was the Nikon Coolpix 950. It was shy of 2MP (only 1600x1200 in resolution), but it performed reasonably well. This camera was my entry into digital photography, and my SRT-102 started to fall out of favor. As I transitioned to digital photography in the early 2000's, I played with a number of cameras, including a Minolta DiMage 7. Although the DiMage 7 still had several serious shortcomings, it introduced me to raw image capture as well as more sophisticated digital image editing. 

It wasn't until I bought my Nikon D300, that I felt I had an enabling tool that really improved on the image quality of my old SRT-102. The D300 propelled me to the next level in photography as it gave me far more control during image capture as well as during post processing in software. Photography had become much more than hobby for me. As my photographic skills improved and interest in photography expanded, I found myself looking for a better tool. That realization led to pre-ordering the 36MP Nikon D800 and upgrading to full frame 'FX' lenses. I used the Nikon D800 for many years. As time progressed, cameras continued to improve, and although the Nikon D800 was a solid performer that I am still happy with, I now use a Nikon D850 for most of my work. The 46MP Nikon D850 is an incredible camera, and I am having to step up my game to fully exploit the capability and functionality that it has. Although my photographic interests are broad and I engage in many types of photography, my passion remains landscape photography. Of particular interest is capturing the natural beauty of the world we live in. That can at times still be challenging, as even with as far as camera capability and accuracy has come, the human eye and mind remain a more dynamic and capable instrument of vision. To that point, I thoroughly enjoy photographing challenging or technically difficult subjects. My ambition is to photographically capture beautiful and inspiring nature landscapes and reproduce them in print with fidelity to the beauty the amazing human eye and mind perceive.

A few years ago, I started sharing my images on my Norbert's Photography website and received lots of positive feedback and encouragement.  Recently I started this site to make purchasing my photographic art as easy as possible. I offer my images printed on vibrant and dynamic highest-quality metal, acrylic, paper and canvas.  I also have prints on clothing, coffee cups, etc. Check out Gifts and Merch here!

- Norbert Daberko


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Inspiration

I find endless inspiration all around me, but I have always particularly loved the colors of sunsets, our beautiful coastlines, grand waterfalls, pristine lakes and rugged or forested mountains.  Sometimes unexpected inspiration comes when I discover or are surprised by particularly beautiful scenery that may otherwise seem bland, like sunrise at the Death Valley Sand Dunes. As some of these scenes are challenging to photograph, I strive to capture the full dynamic of the scene with as much fidelity to what I saw as possible.

The bottom line is that I try to capture images that accurately portray the memories we have of the most beautiful places we have experienced. There is an abundance natural beauty almost everywhere, you just have to take the time to find it and enjoy.  

Techniques

Every time a new challenge arises, I carefully study techniques I can leverage to best capture the image.  As such, I have developed a large toolkit of techniques both during image capture as well as during postprocessing in image software. Techniques include image and focus stacking, exploiting the capabilities of the camera I am using, image merges for large high-resolution panoramas, and careful planning of where, when and how to capture the image for optimal lighting. For processing my images, I utilize RAW image files and primarily rely on Nikon NX Studio, Adobe ACR and the Topaz AI software suite. For complex image processing I will also use Adobe Photoshop and also always work in the wider gamut Adobe RGB color space with calibrated IPS Adobe RGB gamut monitors.

Career Highlights

The reaction people have when the see my artwork is endlessly rewarding.  I'll never get enough of "oh my gosh, where is that?" The response at art fairs, on-line, as well as the awards I've won in photographic competitions are also very encouraging. Some recent awards are highlighted above.

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