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Guest 28-Sep-2016 05:36
Enjoyed talking with you in CO. P & V
Guest 13-Nov-2013 00:53
DVB -- you have disappeared of Facebook -- how can I comment if you are not there? LOL. Anyhow, text me or email me or something. Troxella
Peter Camann 25-Jul-2013 12:52
Just mentioned you when communicating with Randy Smith re ARA. Do you by any chance still have any photos from racing back in the day? I'm working on publishing the untold story of ARA and would be happy to include any you had taken back then. I have over 100 quality photos, but always interested in seeing more from other perspectives.
DAVID LOOMIS 31-Oct-2012 22:37
Hi Derek. I had a great time at the Arizona Highways Photo Work Shop. I Learned a lot from you. i will see you soon on the next one. DAVID WAYNE LOOMIS
mjo 02-Oct-2011 01:22
hey--we met you and your friend looking for backlit aspens on the million dollar highway outside of ouray last week.
i am THRILLED to see the pictures on your site, especially the one for the NG book cover.
you make the air, the light, the rocks, the trees better with your enthusiasm and joy.
mary jo and tom, wisconsin
Dick and Sharon of LV 03-Apr-2011 18:11
Derek: We met you in Monument Valley last week. You talked with my wife and you most generously gave her a copy of the June 2010 issue of Arizona Highways which featured one of your great photographs on the back cover. Thanks to you we watched the shadow of the west mitten climb the face of the east mitten. It was great. I looked up your website this morning and we have been enjoying your terrific work. During our trip we also visited Sedona, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and the Grand Canyon. We really enjoyed viewing your images of the above as well as the California Dreamin' series. I believe your website has just become an important adjunct to my greatly inferior home travel videos. Thanks for introducing us to your fine work.
F Byers 08-Dec-2010 10:55
The grandeur of the landscape has met a soul to match, one inspired with generosity to share the experience with those without the neans to get there. The best of the USA. Thanks from Oz.
Guest 29-Oct-2010 17:53
Beautiful galleries! Love seeing the world through your lens. =)
Barbara 17-Jul-2010 20:21
Derek Nice to meet you yesterday. Wonderful project the Sedona Photofest!
Everyone would love the opportunity to attend. Barb in NY & AZ
Luc Verfaillie13-May-2010 05:59
Toute vos photos sont magnifique des cartes postales!! Bravo
william mahan15-Apr-2010 02:49

Derek:It was a pleasure to view your works on the treasures in the Southwest. As a photographer I can learn so much
from teachers like you.......especially in seeing how you control the design and exposure. I just visited White Sands this past December and I can appreciate your fine art of this wonderful place. Thanks for sharing!! Bill
Janie Driver 08-Nov-2009 10:52
Thank you so much. You've inspired me to pick up my camera again.
Alexandra Murray 02-Sep-2009 15:47
Exquisite. So happy to see the artistic talent from your mom (Veebs!) expressed so vividly. You must let us all know if you ever publish a book.
Ali (Galston) Murray
John "Karuna' Cayton 04-Jul-2009 20:30
Hey Derek,

Just a strange thought came in my mind to do a search for you. Beautiful, beautiful work. Proud to see what you've accomplished.

John (Karuna) Cayton
Guest 04-Jul-2009 20:30
Hey Derek,

Just a strange thought came in my mind to do a search for you. Beautiful, beautiful work. Proud to see what you've accomplished.

John (Karuna) Cayton
Madak Kadam 02-Jun-2009 17:58
Wau - I live in beautiful Sedona but I did not see the true beauty of its surroundings until I saw your photographs. Thank you,
Madak Kadam (camera grinder)
Pierre Schneider18-Jan-2009 10:32
Marvelous pictures. Great work and a lot of hours spent outside I think. From early in the morning to late evening.
utahfan 12-Jan-2009 12:32
Hi Derek

many thanks for the full information about the technics of your slot canyon pics;
I`ll try to follow it with a Canon EOS 450 D this summer

all the best
Bailey 12-Nov-2008 07:03
What breath-taking views you've managed to capture Derek. It's so incredible to see the world through the eye of such an artist!! -Bailey
creativematrix06-Oct-2008 05:36
HI Derek, Love the Sedona B & W you had last year at Hillside Print and Frame in Sedona .... a favorite of mine! Fay Kelley in Flagstaff
Guest 22-Aug-2008 05:55
A stunning galleries, Amazing !
Diens12-Jul-2008 07:18
Thanks for uploading your photos. Looking at them has made my day that much better.
peterjay4528-Apr-2008 18:54
I admire your photography greatly, Derek. It is always a pleasure to see it here and FM.
Ginnie Leahy (von Briesen) 01-Dec-2007 17:17
What amazing brother Steve sent me your maiden name is von Briesen too...not a name you come across every day. Keep up the amazing work.
God Bless...
Steve von Briesen 30-Nov-2007 00:49
Found your site by googling other things!
WOW. Great work!!
I Have hiked the Grand Canyon yearly for last 5 years, been to Sedona several times. Hiked to Havasu March '07, Moab in'06.
Good to see all the beautiful places I've been and some!!
Take care. Thanks.
Steve von Briesen
Shady Side, Maryland
Yves Rubin27-Sep-2007 18:34
Hi Derek,

I am so glad to see you doing so well, so well deserved by all means. I did not come back to your root page for a while, but there is so much new and exceptional work to see. Big congrats!
Guest 29-Aug-2007 15:08
Hi Derek,
You have really awesome galleries. Still have a lot to go through but I have seen enough to tell you are an amazing photographer!
You just made a big fan of me!
Keep up the good work!
Cheers, Nini
Guest 20-Jun-2007 11:11
Awesome photo gallery.
jean-francois woloch29-Mar-2007 16:37
Cheer Derek! Nature is beautiful and thank you has those which keep it to us clean and intact even through the photographs.
Guest 16-Mar-2007 10:11
Your work is simply Extrastoundishing!
Guest 08-Mar-2007 13:56
I'm simply loss for words. Kudos!
Guest 08-Mar-2007 13:56
Impressive I must say.
Guest 07-Mar-2007 15:05
Thoroughly enjoyed your work. Thank you for sharing.
Craig Sadler06-Mar-2007 19:39
Way too many beautiful photographs to comment on! The care you take in your photography is evident. Thanks for the inspiration.
Paradoxal Studio Classic31-Jan-2007 22:04
What a beautiful site.
Amazing of colorful magical pictures !
Stunning !!!
Jola Dziubinska10-Jan-2007 22:53
Hi, Derek, just looked over 3 of your galleries and I am delighted. Will be back for more later, added you to my faves.
Congratulations, you have so many artistic, fabulous shots here. One of the best on PBase for sure.

And thanks for visiting my gallery and leaving a kind comment.
Traci 28-Nov-2006 18:03
I've traveled over 13 International Countries. I've seen half of the United States. These are the most beautiful photographs in which I've EVER beheld! I do hope that you publish all of these in a book. Your work is absolutely gorgeous. I have step-children that live in Cottonwood. We take them on their breaks to these areas. You've made me want to see more of AZ. Thanks for sharing your incredible. It's so kind of you.

The Alexanders
Guest 20-Nov-2006 17:41
This is some beautiful photography! Thank you for sharing....
Karen Moen20-Nov-2006 08:29
Thank you for your visit and encouraging feedback.
Guest 13-Nov-2006 06:11
Hello Derek,
Thank you for your comment in my November gallery. I have been familiar with your work for about year or more. We just moved from Prescott up to Olympia, WA. I would go over to Sedona and Oak Creek often to photograph. I actually got your name and found your website from the back of your F250 truck in Oak Creek canyon one day. Wonderful images in your gallery. Regards, Jim.
Steve Highfield12-Nov-2006 11:01
I'm truly in awe at your excellent works having just seen your colours of fall 06 gallery.
Your photography skills are of the highest class and a real joy to see.
First class work, you're extremely talented.
Bookmarked the galleries because yours is the benchmark of how this work should be done properly, and I can't get enough of it !
Best Regards
Didier Vanderperre12-Nov-2006 04:15
Dear Derek
Thank you very much for your comments on my Autumn gallery. It is very muuch appreciated, especially coming from such a great photographer.
You have long been on my favorite list.
Your photography is spectacular, just hope to approach your skills some day.
best regards
John Carman04-Nov-2006 04:10
What an amazing collection of images. Thanks for sharing. If I ever make it to Sedona I’m tacking you down for a Digital Workshop. jc
Guest 01-Nov-2006 05:09
It was a pleasure meeting you tonite "at work"...
I am extremely impressed with your work and when I have another hour or two I may get through all your on-line images. I'll be in touch and perhaps we'll meet again out and about..
Mary 23-Oct-2006 20:56
I got your e-mail and came to check out your new pics; just keep getting better and better.
I love the historical (!) photos as well. Thanks again for your loan for my silly flash project.
The leaves in the new photos are spectacular.
(Your shots make me lust for a new camera; mine's a 30 year old pentax.)
gt 07-Sep-2006 18:27
Derek,beautiful,you have the eye of the eagle. G.T. [its me]
Guest 01-Sep-2006 09:55
very good work, excelent compositions and colours.
Thank you for sharing with us.

Mary Jo 30-Aug-2006 22:21
Hi Derek, It's a long way from the beach but you've managed to find your groove. Thanks for sending me your invitation.
Francisco Coppel 30-Aug-2006 17:48
Hello Derek,
I am from Mexico and I apreciatte that you took your time to go to the Golfo de Santa Clara and take those beautiful pictures.
I wanted to ask permition to use one of your picture to promote the Golfo de Santa Clara.
Please contact me at my email.
david weissman 06-Aug-2006 21:33
Hi Derek - we went to junior high school together. you came to my bar mitzvah - I have photos!. found you in a morning of googling names from the past, delighted to see that you're well, you're an artist making beautiful work, and living in a lovely place.

Guest 03-Aug-2006 05:32

I just did a little shooting in Sedona this past Sunday and I thought I did good. Then I found your galleries and I realize I have a ways to go. Simply stunning work, sir.

Wanna go shooting together sometime? :O)

Kindest Regards,

Jay Beckman
Chandler, AZ
PBase ID: flyingphotog
Guest 19-Jul-2006 21:13

I stumbled upon your site at random, and I'm so glad I did! You have some amazing talent, and I'm very inspired by your photos! I can only hope that my photography can someday reach the standards of yours!

Best regards,
William Hartshorn18-Jul-2006 04:46
Derek......I am very jealous!! Wow!!! Great imagery of the Southwest!!!!!!
Best to you...... William
Wes Timothy 15-Jul-2006 16:58
Mr. von Briesen,
I am not a photographer but am a hiking enthusiast. About 5 years ago my wife and I spent 3 days hiking the upper West Clear Creek. Now that I live in KY I deeply miss AZ and its nature. Seeking a nostalgia fix I did a Google search for WCC and found your photos. They are so stunningly beautiful that it brought me to tears. Words can't express the beauty that your camera captures. You truly have a gift.
Thank you.
W. Timothy
Guest 23-Jun-2006 14:54
I keep coming back to your site for you have some of the best galleries on PBASE. You are on inspiration to all aspiring hobbyist photographers like me. I hope Sedona comes out still looking beautiful after all the fires are over. 27-May-2006 22:20
Brilliant. Freaking brilliant. Ian Schwartz.
rene 13-May-2006 05:08
Enjoyed watching you work in havasu falls area. Just let me know when you're going back and ill be you camera sharpa any day. pictures are amazing. Let me know when you're posting the new havasu picutres, can't wait to see em.
andy 23-Feb-2006 00:41
Hi Derek

you have some stunning landscapes could you help me out?,
Ive just got a canon 5D could you tell me what images you have shot with this camera and were i could find them?
What is the best set up for you? ie Metering picture style?
Your help would be very mush appreciated.

Andy UK.
Guest 17-Feb-2006 21:05
Your gallery has been a pleasure to view! Most of the arrangements lack the brilliance that nature give without boundries,and your portraits give them all that they deserve and then some! Keep us baited for more! Thanks!
Phil04-Feb-2006 05:06
Many Beautiful images - well done
Sharon Cullmann & Patricia Lang 11-Jan-2006 17:06
I searched the internet for a picture of Coffee Pot Rock and discovered your website. After being in Sedona and the surrounding area I had the opportunity to see the true beauty of Sedona. Your photographs are the most beautiful I have ever seen, they make me feel as though I am standing there in person. I truely love your work and my business partner and I are very proud to be able to display one of your photographs on our website. It has been a priviledge to talk with you and do business with you. Thank you very much.
Guest 16-Dec-2005 02:42
I like your galleries they are awesome
unreal but real
Pedro Libório12-Dec-2005 14:31
quite impressive and beautiful work.
Thanks for sharing,
i will be back more times.
Favorite author.
Dawid Wnuk Photography10-Dec-2005 20:59
HI. I'm a young photogrpher from Poland eager to learn photography. And when I see Your photos, Derek, I see I still have a long way before me. Your work is superb, I deeply admire the talent and skill You have and only wish I could ever be as good...

As I'm starting here on PBase I'd be really a great honor for me if You could just browse through my galleries and maybe leave a comment or two if You like anything.

Great thanks for sharing such a wonderful art. Regards.

David Wnuk
Monte Dodge05-Dec-2005 17:59
Hey Derek, you are lucky to live so close to Havasu Canyon. I love the four corners area esp. from Dec. thru April.. You are a pro...... I can learn from your shots... Monte
Guest 30-Nov-2005 11:19
I discovered your site because of the comment you left on one of my galleries.
You do have so many outstanding images here!!! Can't believe my eyes...
I have bookmarked your site for future visits.
Thank you, best regards
Didier Vanderperre20-Nov-2005 13:18
Very nice collection of images.
Makes me want to take a hike to Sedona, who knows may be you will get a call from me some day.
Great work.
Kath Brewer12-Nov-2005 22:12

You have such a fantastic selection of galleries with such wonderful photos - a true inspiration!
Bill Roslansky 11-Nov-2005 15:59
Please email of send a price list of your prints. Also what are the sizes you are printing.
Bill Roslansky
101 Russell Street
Fairmont, MN 56031
Guest 10-Nov-2005 13:24
Stunning photography, I have to visit it some time, Its been on my to do list for a long time, maybe one day I will get there, I love your work and will visit it again and again. Fergul
Evaristo Buendia Carrera11-Aug-2005 05:17
Amazing and beautiful pictures.
Gerardo Paredes29-Jul-2005 14:41
Very very beautiful galeries, very good work

Guest 20-Jul-2005 23:12
You have some amazing galleries! I am a big fan of the Southwest - your images really capture the beauty! I have added you to my favorites list and will look forward to viewing new work from you.
Guest 07-Jul-2005 08:41

I just visited your galleries and they are really great
keep up the good work

greetings from Belgium,
Guest 02-Jul-2005 03:33
Excellent Landscapes! You see and capture the Beauty of Mother Nature so extremely well, thanks for sharing with us. I have viewed only a portion so far, and bookmarked you so I can come back and continue my journey through your wonderful galleries!! Kind Regards, Audra
Zane Paxton07-Jun-2005 09:26
You have a passion that is very evident in your beautiful images. I thoroughly enjoyed your galleries for their visual richness.
Adrienne 02-Apr-2005 12:58
I am a growing photographer I am always inspired by are no exception. I love your eye and I sure hope you keep snapping!! Adrienne
Guest 23-Mar-2005 04:17

OUTSTANDING shots of by far thee most beautiful city in the America! I could go on & on about my trip there! I’ve added you to my favorites list & look forward to your future postings. Thank you for sharing your talent!

Michelle in Parma, OH
Peter Chou03-Feb-2005 09:56
Outanding landscapes! Your work is really fantastic! Do take a look at my gallery and I appreciate your advice and comments.
Guest 23-Jan-2005 16:20
Really stunning work thanks for sharing.
Brent Bostrom 21-Jan-2005 03:25
My partner in crime Ben(previous entry) forgot to express how absolutely fantastic these photos of the places he and I and all of our friends visit each weekend are. We try to capture our moments, but you capture the feeling we all get when we go there. I hope you understand when I replace some of my photos with yours when I send them to my family and friends. Thanks for capturing the images we see every weekend, but are so hard to describe.
ben lewis 20-Jan-2005 00:56
mr. von Briesen, i would like to complement you on your new el golfo de santa clara gallery, you have really captured some wonderful feelings.
Guest 23-Dec-2004 10:26
Absolutely stunning shots. This is the most beautiful pictures that
I ever seen on
Keep up the great work...
penelope pitstop21-Dec-2004 01:53
Awesome Awesome Work!! I live in the Valley and I've never seen better shots of AZ except in AZ Highways and Yours just might be better then theirs! Wow!
Craig Gillette19-Dec-2004 08:08
Stumbled across one of the west fork snow shots - maybe on random shots? - and came to your galleries. I've got to echo the other comments, great work in a fabulous area. Saw a comment someplace recommending a visitor pass by the Sedona area. A glance here will change his mind. One of my father's old chums - and his wife retired to the Sedona area and lived in Wildhorse Mesa?? overlooking Courthouse Rock and we got a chance to be taken to a number of the less well known spots, small cliff dwellings, etc., and lucked into an April storm there several years back on a trip to the Grand Canyon, it's indeed a beautiful area in winter.
Guest 18-Dec-2004 19:07

I love your gallery. You do a great job capturing what makes Sedona and Northern Arizona magical. Keep the photos coming! I check our gallery often. It keeps me motivated to fly to out to Arizona whenever I get the chance.
Bailey Zimmerman18-Dec-2004 14:12
I spent 40 years in the deserts of Arizona. The first time I was in Jerome there were NO people only ghosts. Sedona, Oak Creek were the places that we went to escape the heat of the Valley. You have captured them beautifully!! Thank you for your terrific images.
NZ is wonderful......going back in May!!
Happy Holidaze!!
Guest 09-Dec-2004 20:32
I have just found my new inspiration. Thank you.
Guy Schmickle06-Dec-2004 21:15
Hey Derek. Yeah, I was surprised to see the ascent of my Sedona gallery over the weekend. Don't people have any taste! :-) Checked out your Sedona in White gallery...way too cool! Loved the contrast between the white trees and red rocks. Must have been incredible walking up the West Fork. Your shutter finger's gotta be sore! I tossed a vote your way for that one. Take care.
Piotr Siejka06-Dec-2004 20:20
Derek, I take my hat off...
Naturephoto Monique06-Dec-2004 14:33
Hi Derek, your galleries are amazing, thanks for sharing your wonderful work!
Peter Rackham21-Nov-2004 02:22
Derek, thanks for the kind comments on my gallery. Yes, I live nearby and I was lucky to have a few days of good light to get these images. Late autumn and early winter here are often grey so I cherish these bright mornings.

Your work matches the spectacular scenery that you capture so well in your galleries. Wow! Arizona is such a paradise for photographers -- abstract shapes, subtle lighting, rich colours, etc. I know lots of Canadian "snowbirds" who choose AZ for FLA to spend the winter. One of these days I'd like to take a jaunt down to your wonderful part of the world. Good work, sir!
Tom Kenney16-Nov-2004 21:09
Hey, Ansel Von Briesen! Excellent work...ya dang hippie! So far I've only been able to load a few pics (maybe my connection?), but what I've seen is first class - great use of color, similar to Galen Rowell, Gary Valle, Vern Clevenger.

Hope I can make it out Sedona way in the spring. If so, I'll drop you a line and maybe we can ride!

See ya!
Spike 11-Nov-2004 21:58
Hi Derek....
Remember me? I am the radio guy from Chicago you met one afternoon in the middle of a stream outside of Sedona last year.
I have kept your webpage in my bookmark and I check it all the time. Your photos are awesome! I am so jealous that I don't have the landscape in Illinois to shoot. You have the eye, for sure.
I just bought the new Canon 20D. When I get out there again, I'll look you up and maybe you can teach me the finer points of this camera. Maybe you can show me a couple of secret spots to get some great shots too. You can blindfold me to get me there if you want! I am a fan of your stuff. Keep it up!
......Spike O'Dell
Regina 12-Sep-2004 05:29
Your pics are great! Your link was sent to me by Joe in L.A! From one Sedonin to another GO! :-)
Derek von Briesen31-Aug-2004 07:00
thanks so much for all your wonderful comments. took a quick look at your pix and really loved 'em. when i get some time i'll look a lot harder. you're in my favorites now!
Guest 31-Aug-2004 04:06
What talent! Your landscapes are breathtaking. I'll be checking back often!
Hulk 11-Jul-2004 19:21
Looks nice down there D. Did you break your dialing/typing finger?
Check out my website yet ( WWW.TONYCREED.COM )???

Hope all's well.

Dick Krase 29-May-2004 13:43
Thanks, I enjoyed the tour immensely, Derek. Pat sent the link out to the class. Glad to hear you're healthy, creative and in a beautiful part of the country. My best to Connie when next you chat. D.
Guest 14-Apr-2004 01:52
Re 6808...I knew it, I should have stayed longer, gotta love that lighting and sky. You worked hard for that image. Diane
Frank Randolph 07-Apr-2004 02:17
Derek, your photography is absolutely staggering. I met you and had a very brief conversation with on the morning of March 24, on Schnebly Hill Road. You spend your time in a landscape photographers paradise. The Sedona area is the most single photogenic area that I know off, and Cathedral Mountain is the most single photogenic spot in America.

Mona Maddy Krane 03-Mar-2004 01:35
Derek, your pictures are beautiful. I often think that if someone painted a picture of the sea and the sky as viewed from the Palisades cliffs, viewers would say it's pretty but unrealistic. That's how amazing it is (like your pictures). My son (age 13) will be thrilled by your pictures on the skateboard. Take care.
Greg 17-Feb-2004 15:03
Very nice pictures.
You may have just found your calling.
Just don't forget who your friends were when you get there. :-)