Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA
Copyright © Larry Ulrich
Image ID: 405CM027D3
Ulrich Stock Photography, Inc. was founded by Larry and Donna Ulrich
in 1972. Their extensive travel around the world in search of special
places with special light has resulted in one of the finest collections
of nature photography available to publishers. Their special interest
in wilderness and wildflowers has enriched their portfolio with images
of exceptional beauty and color.
Larry and Donna's success
in marketing their own images has made it possible for them to invite
other fine nature and wildlife photographers to join them in presenting
their images to the stock photo marketplace. The combined portfolios
of these exceptional photographers consists of more than 50,000 top
quality and carefully selected transparencies spanning a wide variety
of subjects from wilderness to Americana, wildflowers to urban scenery,
from locations all around the world.
Larry and I first moved to
Trinidad, on the Northern California coast, because of its stunning
beauty. The ocean caught our hearts at first, but we found that the
redwood groves to the north were what most excited us photographically.
Larry was trying to expand his portfolio and decided he needed to focus
on something that both challenged and interested him, and redwood photography
was an obvious candidate. The first roll of color film Larry ever shot
was in the redwoods, we lived close to the subject and we needed to
keep travel expenses down. Redwood photography was a niche we could
easily, and gladly, fill. It was a natural choice, and we began to spend
several days a week in the state and national parks, photographing the
world's tallest trees. We spent so much time there that we began to
refer to it as "The Office".
The next ten years were spent
selling photographic prints on the streets of Berkeley and San Francisco
and at craft fairs throughout the West, where we learned much about
what the public likes in photographic art. As our redwood portfolio
grew, we began to venture out to new places, exploring Oregon and Washington
first. We then expanded our travels to the deserts of Arizona and Utah,
and eventually to the East for fall color.
Our primary photographic
tools since 1975 have been several generations of Arca Swiss 4X5 field
view cameras. We also use this camera for medium and panoramic formats
by using Horseman 120 roll film backs. Lenses for the Arca are from
several manufacturers and range from 47mm to 500mm. For 35mm work we
use a Nikon 8008 with lenses from 24mm to 300 mm. The only filter we
carry is a polarizer, which we use frequently. Our primary film is Fujichrome
Velvia, but we also use Ektachrome E100VS when conditions require a
Since that beginning twenty-seven
years ago we have expanded the portfolio to include photographs from
Hawaii to Alaska, from Maine to Florida, and, to borrow from Woody Guthrie,
"from the redwood forests to the Gulf stream waters." We have
been to Caribbean islands, New Zealand's glacier-clad peaks, Costa Rican
rainforests, and European Alps. And still we return home to Trinidad,
toss a kiss to the ocean and say, "hello, old-timers" to our
friends, the redwoods.
Larry and Donna's most recent books
include Wildflowers of California, Wildflowers of the Plateau and Canyon Country,
Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest and Beyond the Golden Gate: California's
North Coast from Companion Press, and Big Sur to Big Basin:
California's Dramatic Central Coast from Chronicle Books.