Ansel Adams

Posted by on October 2, 2012

ansel adamsSome photographers take reality… and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation.”  ~ Ansel Adams

Even non-photo nerds know Ansel Adams and have seen his stunning landscapes.  Adams is well-known as a master of the darkroom.  His black and white landscapes of Yosemite and Grand Teton are outstanding for the captivating contrast that he achieved with extensive dodging and burning in the darkroom.  Even later in his life, he continued to use large format cameras.

What you can learn from Ansel Adams: While on vacation this summer, my wife and I read a book containing his letters and journal entries.  What helped me improve my photography from reading those letters is that Adams felt trapped later in his life because he no longer had the physical strength and stamina to do the photography that he wanted to do.  Keep yourself in shape so you can enjoy photography for a lifetime.

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