I have been climbing, hiking, paddling, fly fishing and taking pictures of the American west for the last 45 years.  

I am the manager of global consulting services for Esri which has allowed me to travel the world for 39 years and work on many interesting environmental, social, and business problems with some really smart people. 

I am also Chairman of the Board of the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA).  Our mission is to educate and inspire people about Eastern Sierra public lands through  interpretive projects, exhibits, and programs. We also operate bookstores in USFS and Interagency visitor centers in Lone Pine, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Mammoth, Lee Vining, and many other locations.

I have always enjoyed hiking and exploring at night and I started experimenting about 10 years ago with nightscape photography.  After spending 100's of nights outside it is a niche that I enjoy and I currently teach nightscape workshops for Joshua Tree National Park.

I  have just migrated to this new website and am slowing adding pictures to each gallery.

A special note to Parks, Forests, and non-profits - as a way of giving back to my life-long enjoyment of the outdoors, I will often donate prints for public display, please contact me if interested.

Contact me if you have any questions about places, technique or gear.

A little news:

- 2017 - present.  Several pictures on permanent display at Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center.  See by the big window looking toward Mt Whitney.

- 2016.  Elected to Board of Directors for the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA), Bishop California.

 - 2016.  Picture selected by a juried panel for display from July - November 2016 in the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine, California. 

- 2014 - present.  Teach classes for the Joshua Tree Desert Institute - see the Workshop link

- 2015 - present.  Picture on permanent display at Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center (NPS, USFS, BLM) in Lone Pine, California.

- 2015 - present.  Picture on Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce home page

- 2015.  Pictures in two Joshua Tree Desert Institute Catalogs and featured instructor.

- 2015.  Cover picture, four additional pictures, and the subject of feature article in the Summer 2015  issue of Basin Wide Spirit Magazine

- 2015.  Two pictures, including second place,  selected by a juried panel for display from July - November 2015 in the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine, California. 

- 2014.  Honorable mention from a distinguished panel from hundreds of entries around the world in the Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition 2014.  Displayed in gallery for three months and one of three pieces that sold the first night - to a California Superior Court Judge.

I shoot with the following equipment.  People seem to want to know this stuff, so here it is:

- Nikon D800e

- Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 (primary night lens)

- Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

- Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 ED

- Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 ED VRII

- Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8

- Nikon NC and Circular Polarizers

- Singh Ray Vario-N-Duo

- Tripods - Gitzo 3542LS with RSS BH 50, Gitzo GT2541 with RSS BH-40, GItzo 1542T with Markins Q3 Traveler

- RSS Ultimate-Pro Omni-Pivot panorama head

- SMDV RFN-4TX wireless remote (works up to 100', important for light painting)

- CamRanger for remote and precise control of long exposures, focus stacking, time lapse

- di-GPS Eco-Professional M  (GPS that adds location to EXIF data)

- Light painting lights - Brinkman Dual Xenon, Streamlight Scorpion (xenon), Coast PX 50 (LED for underwater)

Happy shooting!

Don Chambers

Redlands, California

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