Ever since I can remember, I've always carried a camera.
It all started with a Canon AE1 film camera. Back in the day, I was a lead guitarist of a rock and roll band. I brought that camera to each and every one of our band’s shows, and I fell in love with the stunning images our photographer would produce after each performance. Photographs could capture the raw energy that we produced on stage – it was a power I wanted to harness.
Pursuing photography allowed me to experiment. The concept of panoramic photography caught my attention as early as 1970, when I would shoot a series of negatives and hand-tape the developed images together to create an incredibly expansive view of a landscape. This view was magical.
As my photographic experimentation expanded, so did my collection of equipment. In the late 1990’s, I bought my first medium format film cameras, the Noblex Pro 175 and Linhof Technorama 617 III. This new medium gave me a new direction, and inspired new dreams. I quickly realized that in order to get unique perspectives of city skylines, I would need to begin chartering helicopters to gain a view from the sky.
It was at this point that I found my niche for selling panoramic pictures of city skylines. In 2009 I continued to build my armory of cameras and accessories, discovering High Resolution Digital Backs. In 2010, I added ALPA and Cambo technical cameras with tilt shift lenses to my collection.
Having mastered city skylines, I wanted to try something new. National Parks have always been an incredible draw for me, so photographing all 58 became my new project in 2012. I scheduled five years for this venture, and my effort continues today. Each and every park is a new experience. The landscapes are as diverse as the equipment, techniques, and post processing methods that I use to capture their beauty.
Camera Drones stopped me in my tracks. In the middle of my National Park project, I was hit with this incredible new technology that would change the entire photography game. In anticipation of the Federal Aviation Administration and National Park Service modifying their Drone Technology Policies, I have spent thousands of hours since 2014 training as a Drone Pilot.
It’s all about Passion. Passion for travel, passion for the United States and passion to shoot the most spectacular photographs as possible. I want to share my passion for the world, with the world. My passion is to create photography that is affordable for everyone.
I strive to allow every homeowner to acquire, display and enjoy beautiful photographs of our Great Country, The United States. I have the privilege to create the highest resolution photographs of the most iconic – the most beautiful – places, and share them with people everywhere. I’m not working a day in my life, because I love what I do.
JimKegley.com aka JDK Designs, Inc
4262 Blue Diamond Road 102-269
Las Vegas, NV 89139 USA