Tether Tools and Dark Beauty Magazine teamed up for the Voter’s Choice, Creative Composite Photography competition. We were overwhelmed with the hundreds of quality submissions that showed such creative vision. The winning photographer, Daniel Chase, won a Tether Tools Starter Tethering Kit and profile in both Dark Beauty Magazine and TetherTalk.com! His photo “The Awakening” was incredible, and usually received two reactions from voters: HOW? and WOW! We caught up with Daniel Chase and asked him about his photography and how he brought “The Awakening” to life. Bio: Daniel Chase is an award winning freelance and fine art photographer, his work has been published internationally as well as numerous magazine covers. He has worked professionally in commercial film, photography & post-production for more than 30 years. Daniel started his career in the music video industry working for such notable names as Eddie Money, The Tubes, Billy Satellite and many more. He worked as a photojournalist traveling around the world, his underwater photos have been published in numerous diving and travel magazines, including a number of covers. Today, Daniel specializes in Underwater, Fashion, Editorial, Portrait and Glamour photography. Daniels work appears in several magazines every month. His 1400 square foot fully equipped studio is located in Benicia, CA. Website: https://www.danielchasephotography.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danielchasephoto Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanielChasePhotography I would describe my style of photography as… I’m a minimalist at heart, I like strong contrast with interesting shape and form. Also a compelling narrative. My dream gig would be… To shoot the cover for Vogue Italia! My favorite piece of gear is… My 30″ x 60″ softbox, I use it all the time. What’s on your photography gear shopping list in 2016? I would really like to add a Canon 85mm f1.2 to my collection of lenses. The best advice I can offer a fellow photographer would be… Don’t get to hung up on your equipment, or lack there of. Add to it as you can. I hear way to often I would like to do this if I only had that. Shooting more makes you a better photographer, not your gear, gear just makes getting the shot easier most of the time. Just shoot.