Happy Birthday Ansel Adams

February 21st, 2020
Thanks for sharing this! I've been a huge AA fan since I was in High School (in the late 70's).
February 21st, 2020
@lsquared - He was one of my favorites as well when I first got interested in photography. Color slide film was growing in popularity and becoming more available, although, expensive. I can remember thinking why in the world would someone take b&w photos when there is color film? Then I saw some of Adam's photographs and I fell in love with his a amazing work.
February 21st, 2020
Back in the mid 80's (when we lived in the Washington DC area), the Smithsonian did an exhibition of Ansel Adams' work.

I expected to be impressed, but I underestimated by how much.
February 21st, 2020
@lsquared - I am jealous. I have only seen his work in magazines, books and calendars. I do own a coffee table book that was produced by Time Life of Adam's photography and signed by him.
February 22nd, 2020
Great link- his work is amazing. I saw a small private exhibition of his work once- I can't remember where- it was a small gallery and the works had been collected by a private owner. It was breath-taking!
February 22nd, 2020
Thanks for this! Part of my diploma I'm doing is all about Ansel Adams this week.
February 22nd, 2020
Never heard of him before starting 365!!
February 25th, 2020
@olivetreeann - I was so taken by his work in the 80's I came upon a protΓ©gΓ© of his named Fred Picker. I had my own darkroom and developed my own film and photos. Picker offered a service where the photographer could take photos of an 18% grey card at different settings and send the negatives to him and he would scan them and tell you which negative rendered a Zone V or middle grey. Being a real newbie I thought that once you had that everything else would fall into place. All I needed to do was decide what in the photo I wanted to be Zone V and meter the light from that object. Wrong. Adams spent hours dodging and burning his photographs to achieve his spectacular images. I almost bought a cold light head for my enlarger which reduced a lot of grain in an image compared to the traditional warm light that came with the enlarger.
February 25th, 2020
@skipt07 When I was just learning photography (in High school), I spent some time with Ansel Adams' 3 book series "The Camera", "The Negatitve" and "The Print". Later, I purchased a set and studied them.

Fascinating books, and really gives an insight to the depth of the process (especially the print as a "performance").

I still have those books, though it's been 30+ years since I read them. I should dig them out, see if I can finally grasp the zone system a bit better!
February 25th, 2020
@lsquared - This past weekend I was listening to a man talking and he used sports as an analogy about how we do things in our lives and sometimes things get out of sync and how coaches will tell their players that they need to go back to the basics. I think that rings true in photography too. πŸ˜‰
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