Yosemite images in black and white
“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”
― Ansel Adams
Whenever anyone thinks of Yosemite, Ansel Adams and his striking black and white images immediately come into mind. Even with so many talented artists, photographers and creative people visiting and dedicating their craft to this magnificent national park, it is Ansel’s work that is immediately recognized and symbolic of the natural beauty and stunning magnificence of Yosemite.
“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment. ”
― Ansel Adams
The challenge of visiting Yosemite for the casual and more serious photographer is to capture the essence of Yosemite and create images that are unique, represent your own creativity, perspective and composition. The challenge to photographing these iconic sites is to go above and beyond the mundane and typical presentation and often leading to disappointment – as Ansel states in his quote above ‘ Often the supreme disappointment’. It is only the person who tries to go beyond convention, experiments and takes the time to view and see the landscape – then they will truly find something that inspires and offers a unique vision and image.
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
― Ansel Adams
This last quote that Ansel states is quite relevant for todays photographer and the many tools they use. Ansel was the great experimenter with his equipment and also a master manipulator in the dark room. He really worked hard to capture images that were well composed, maximized seasonality, location and incredible natural lighting conditions. He also spent a lot of time in the dark room (or his associates) manipulating images to represent nature at its best. It would be no surprise to most photographers that Ansel excelled at camera and dark-room techniques to make the absolute best representation of his work. Even today, creating magnificent landscapes entails many levels of learning, honing camera techniques and crafting, along with mastering software/dark room technologies to highlight the natural beauty of an image.
Ansel Adams Art Gallery
One of my favorite stops in Yosemite is to visit the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Village and seeing any of the new exhibits. Hosting iconic and historic photographers and their contemporaries, this gallery is a must visit for any photographer. Along with enjoying some of the current exhibits, it’s a great place to get information on scenic places to photograph around the park, photo workshops and guides in the park and viewing some of the masterpieces of Ansel Adams work on display. To get more information about current events, shows and workshops, visit the Ansel Adams gallery website here.
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