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Ansel Adams

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Ansel Adams 1902-1984 "A photograph is made, not taken." He began taking photographs on his first trip to Yosemite in 1916 with his Kodak Brownie Camera.

Banner Peak and Thousand Island Lake taken in 1923, was the first image in which he was really pleased. Began taking photographs in an era when photography was not considered an art in and of itself. Photographs were taken to mimic other art forms.

Co-founded Group f/64 in 1932. Philosophy was "straight photography". End pictorialism. Photographs will look like photographs. Most honored American photographer of the 20th century.

Renowned for his black and white photographs using a very large depth of field.

Co-developed the Zone System in 1939 - helped determine optimal exposure
and development time; see like the camera; visualize the
finished print in his mind's eye.

His technique was to carefully study a scene, visualize the final
print, then determine the correspondence between portions of
the scene and tones in the print. He would then meter, expose
and develop the negative accordingly. His basic rule was,
"Expose for the shadows; develop for the highlights." Monolith, The Face of Half Dome yellow filter red filter Yosemite, 1927 Lodgepole Pines, Lyell Fork of the Merced River, Yosemite, c. 1921 Mount Clarence King, Banner Peak and Thousand Island Lake He would hike, climb and explore through Yosemite for days at a time with a large format camera, tripod and glass plates - weighing up to 40 lbs. Tones in a scene vary Most popular single image because of unusual content and effect Moonrise Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941 Mount Williamson Sierra Nevada from Manzanar, California, 1944 Challenge was to prevent the mountains from blending with the sky.

The storm clouds allowed the shapes and planes to be seen where normally they are not visible because of the bright sun Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake Denali National Park, Alaska, 1947 Taken at sunrise at 1:30 am!

Challenge was to sharpen the shadows on the mountains while capturing the early morning sunrise while standing miles away from the actual mountain. Saint Francis Church Sierra Nevada, 1924 Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, c. 1929 The north face of the arches always in shade reveals exciting vistas of the east tower and the central dome.

The finials of the adjacent wall create strong near-far relationships and dept of field problems as well. Sierra Nevada, 1923 Arches North Court, Mission San Xavier del Bac Tucson, Arizona, 1968 He was the master of control with black and white photography. He learned from others mistakes and experiences. He practiced and experimented constantly, behind the camera and in the dark room. Yosemite Field School yearbook, 1950 White House Ruin Clearing Winter Storm He was in love with nature and the pure beauty of it. He explored places and shot vantage points that most people will never see other than in his photographs. Yosemite, 1940 Moon and Half Dome Yosemite, 1960 Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona, 1942 Ansel Adams died in 1984. He spent over 50 years making photographs. He is viewed as an environmental folk hero. Adams' dedication to wilderness preservation, inspire an appreciation for natural beauty and a strong conservation ethic. Photographs and prints sell today anywhere between a few thousand dollars and over $100,000. The Zone System is a way of controlling your prints’ tonal range.

The process begins by previsualising your subject as having up to nine tone zones between but not including, pure black and pure white. Early Work 1902 - 1984
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