A Tribute to David Stoecklein - by Jason Whitman

On November 10, 2014, the world of photography lost a legend. David Stoecklein was certainly one of the finest photographers to have striven to capture the spirit of the American West with his camera. If you are a fan of the American West, you have probably seen his work.

While David was a world-class artist and Canon Explorer of Light, he loved to share his knowledge with students of his workshops at his ranch in Mackay, ID. I had the privilege of taking one of these workshops in June of 2014 and in November 7-9, 2014.

I want to share some of the images I captured and edited as I feel they honor what he taught me and they faithfully capture the spirit of the American West.

Opening image: This is a photograph of Mike Seal, a close friend of David’s and a true Idaho cowboy. This is one of my favorite edits in my portfolio.

Above: This is my favorite image from our American flag series.

Above: Nothing speaks to the spirit of the west like horses running free.

Above: An appropriate image for this tribute: Jack riding over the hill in the Big Lost Country in central Idaho.

The final image I am sharing is called "Memorial."

Although David is gone, his legendary photography will live on, both his work behind the lens and instructing those who love to photograph the west. His wife, Mary, and sons plan to continue his photographic workshops, and I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Seeking to Capture the Spirit of the West,
Jason Whitman