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David Bieda keeps his photography work simple and earnest 

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If Pikes Peak Arts Council member David Bieda took out a personal ad, it might read something like this: "Single dad of two seeks serious relationship with Canon 7D Mark II digital SLR camera." The 55-year-old environmental engineer has won awards for his wildlife and slice of life photography — generally defined as realistic representations of everyday experiences. The most recent feather in his cap is a first-place ribbon for digital photography at this year's Colorado State Fair.

Bieda began his love affair with the lens while attending Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. During summer breaks, he volunteered at Yosemite National Park.

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"I worked there two summers," says Bieda, "and when I found the Ansel Adams gallery, I gained an appreciation of photography... It inspired me."

Though he can't recall the exact date of his first sale, he does remember how it made him feel: "It was really cool, but it was more important to me that somebody saw something of mine, and liked it," he says. "The money was almost secondary." Although his art hasn't been the subject of an official show, he hasn't ruled out the possibility.

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His focus has shifted somewhat over the years. He still loves photographing nature, but he credits his daughters for his passion for capturing day-to-day happenings.

"I think one of the best images I have is of wild blueberries in my daughters' hands," he says. "The light, the composition, the camera position — everything was perfect."

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A purist, Bieda does not believe in digitally enhancing his images beyond a little cropping. His photos print exactly as he takes them.

"I think you need to get it in the camera right the first time," he explains. "Manipulation is not my thing."

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