Dave Crudele is a NY artist focusing on landscape and fine art photography. He lives and works in NY’s Capital District and although he now calls Charlton, NY home, he has also lived in the far northern reaches of NY as well as the Mid-Hudson Valley. It was during his time in Potsdam, NY that he developed a love for the Adirondack Park and all the beauty and enjoyment it has to offer. Dave, along with his family and friends, spends countless days photographing, backpacking, kayaking, and generally enjoying life in the Adirondack Mountains - which is handy since the Park is overflowing with excellent photographic opportunities. He also greatly enjoys photographing the Capital District, with particular interest in the barns, farmland, and open spaces of southern Saratoga County.
Dave is a self-taught photographer with a passion for photography reaching back more than a decade. While working towards a degree in electrical engineering at Clarkson University, Dave was fortunate enough to have the friendship and guidance of professional photographer Tom Watson. Although Dave still primarily makes his living through engineering, his art work is available at showings, craft fairs, and select retail outlets in the northeast.
--- Artist’s Statement ---
I practice photography mainly because I find it to be an extremely pleasurable endeavor. There is something very satisfying about creating an image that captivates one’s attention. Images have the power to illicit strong feelings and to transport the viewer to another time and place. I use these basic ideas to create images that I hope others will find as engaging as I do. Oh yes, and making images is just something that I absolutely love to do!
--- Contact Dave ---
Fred David Photography
2041 Amsterdam Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
(518) 882-54 44
DaveCrudele (at) gmail.com
--- Photo Gear ---
Since I am a technical person by nature, I'm also into gear... but I try hard not to let that get in they way of my creativity. I truly believe that the camera is the least important part of the image making process. Its a bit of a cliché but it's true! I used to make some really nice images with an HP 850 point'n shoot camera, then a Canon 20d, today...
These days I'm mostly using a Canon 5D mkII dSLR body, 17-40mm L, 24-105mm L, remote shutter release, a few filters (ND's and polarizer), Manfotto 3021 tripod legs with a couple of heads... there is quite a bit of other stuff in my camera bag but that's the primary gear for landscape photography. I'm also shooting Paul Buff studio lights mixed with speed lights for portrait work.