Image Quest Tours

Image Quest offers photography and natural history tours in California, the American West and Southwest, and occasionally beyond. An Image Quest outing, whether for a day or a week,will inspire creativity, teach new skills, connect you to the larger world, and forge new friendships. Each artisanal trip is curated, from the selection of compelling locations to planning all the details, by Dave Wyman who created Image Quest Tours in 1982. Dave also conducts each outing.

Some meals are provided on every Image Quest outing. There is always a group restaurant meal or two. In addition, Irene Shibata, Image Quest's chef de cuisine, has worked with Dave for more than a decade. Irene creates healthy, gourmet meals in the field, from breakfast along the Merced River in Yosemite, to lunch served atop a crater in the Mojave Desert to dinner along the Central Coast of California.

Many of Dave's photographs of his tours are in galleries on the excellent website. To create your own galleries, click here.

About Dave: He brings a high level passion to and an unmatched level of enthusiasm with participants on each trip he leads. Dave created Image Quest in 1982, while serving as the Adventure Travel coordinator at the University of Southern California. He has conducted natural history tours for natural history associations in Yosemite and Death Valley, for UCLA, and for the San Diego, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Natural History Museums.

Dave's newest book, Fearless Photographer: Nature, will be published by early in 2016. His published pictorial guidebooks include Backroads of Northern CaliforniaBackroads of Southern California and Yosemite in Photographs. Dave's photographs and articles about natural history and photography have appeared in Backpacker, Outdoor Photographer, Cross-Country Ski, Outside, and several other magazines. His work has also appeared in the Sierra Club Guidebook to National Parks of California, the California State Parks Guidebook, in various places in cyberspace, and in private, public and corporate collections. If he's not conducting a photo trip, you're apt find him on his bike or with his ice axe or weeding his garden, or spending time with friends and the people he loves.

Dave's recent photos from his travels can be seen here. Dave also uses the excellent to showcase a variety of his work. To create you own galleries on slickpic, click here


Dave, you always bring so much more than photography to your outings. I honestly wish every photographer could spend a few days with you to see what is means to truly tell stories with images. Gene Stoegbauer

Dave is a ROCK STAR when it comes to photography workshops. I have had the pleasure of knowing Dave for about 20 years and the privilege of working with him for the last 8-10 years. He never fails to deliver an amazing and always delightfully unexpected experience. - Christine Krieg