Was born in Omaha Nebraska and grew up there as well as Iowa and Minnesota. In the early 1980's he left the University of Minnesota to enter the computer field in Minneapolis. During a motorcycle trip across BC he met his future wife, who is from Penticton. They were married in Minneapolis and in 1987 moved to Canada. After a brief stay in the Northern BC he returned to the computer software business in Calgary.
Doug's grandfather was a long time photographer and encouraged his interest from a young age. Though he always had a camera, photography remained a hobby until the digital camera matured and he found a passion for landscape photography where his computer skills could combine with photography to produce high resolution panoramas.
The basic techniques he uses to create a panorama are similar to those used by NASA to combine images taken from space craft into a single ultra-high resolution image. On the ground, he takes a series of overlapping digital photographs using a special tripod mount to control the camera movements, often with each frame repeated at different settings to handle tricky lighting. The result can run to a hundred digital files or more. For the computer as many as six different programs are used to produce the finished composition. Start to finish the work can run from hours to weeks for complicated pieces with only a small portion of the process automatic.
His camera setup centres on a digital SLR from Canon but he uses a variety of lenses including optics from Leica and Zeiss. Some of the lenses he uses are as old as he is but still produce beautiful images. For computer power he uses a high-end workstation more like that used by the film digital effects people than a normal photography studio. Doug also prints nearly all his images.
The Plaza Galleries in the Whistler Resort is pleased and privileged to represent the fine art sculptures of one of British Columbia's finest talents, Mr. Douglas Morgan.