Entering his seventh decade of active involvement, he remains as much a crusader. In addition, he has been an important activist in the work of several conservation groups and has personally lobbied congressmen, cabinet officers and Presidents on behalf of wilderness values. In those days the Pacific surf and fog were a much more evident influence than the surrounding city. Because the lad found difficulty fitting in at school, his parents decided to have him tutored at home.
He first became interested in photography at the age of 14 whilst on a family holiday to Yosemite National Park; from there on he became passionate about taking photographs, it was the beginning of an extremely prolific career. Today Ansel Adams is recognised as one of the most influential landscape photographers of the 20th century.
He often camped out in the Sierra Nevada mountains taking photographs of the stunning scenery and surroundings, and was particularly enchanted with the lakes, rivers and waterfalls of the area.
In aged 15 he went to work part-time for a photo-finishing business, here he began to learn the scientific process of producing photographs.
Indeed Bender started Ansel on his professional pathway by promoting his work amongst wealthy business contacts. During this time Adams combined commercial assignments with his own work, producing many photographic books particularly depicting Yosemite and the great national parks of North America.
In addition to his commercial and personal projects Ansel Adams was active in the education of aspiring photographers. For much of his life Adams lived and worked in Yosemite National Park, here he and his wife, Virginia, established a school of photography, a studio workshop which is still in operation today.
In conjunction with his photography, Ansel Adams also worked tirelessly throughout his life for the conservation of Yosemite Valley and National Park, and the protection of other national conservation areas in western America.
He died in nearby Carmel, California in Probably the most important landscape photographer of the 20th century, Ansel Adams is primarily known for his dynamic black and white photography.
From early on Adams used his work to promote the preservation of his undeveloped homeland. Through the raw beauty of his photographic images he campaigned to preserve these unspoilt areas from desecration, and as a result the American government agreed to expand the National Park system.
Apple Orchard Tree with Snow Yosemite Ansel Adams primarily used large format cameras, his realistic approach to photography relying on sharp focus, high contrast and good exposure; even his very early work shows careful composition and awareness of tonal balance.
He possessed the gift of an artist in being able to pre-visualize the desired outcome before taking the picture. Dedicated to a more aesthetic vision to straight photography, this group aimed to portray America as a land of hope and beauty rather than the bleak, oppressive images of America that had gone before.
Using a 4 x 5 format he was able to tilt the camera and adjust the view plane so that he could control the depth of field and the size and relationships of objects in the foreground to those in the background of the frame. Using this technique he was able to alter perspective within the image. Today, we can emulate this on our DLSR cameras by using a specialized tilt-shift lens altering the angle of view in such a way with a standard lens results in converging verticals.
In the photograph below the detail captured of the bark in the foreground along with the topographical detail of the mountains in the distance is amazing. His understanding, and in turn use of, transient light led him to promote this legendary technique creating high contrast monochrome photographs, such as the image below.
It is his devotion to the education, the encouragement and inspiration for budding photographers, and for taking the appreciation of this art form to the masses, that he is also revered. We must also not forget his enduring impact on the conservation and recognition of the American West.
Face of the Half Dome, Yosemite One has to remember that he could not photograph image after image with different camera settings, viewpoints and so on as we do today; he often had a limited number of negative plates with him on his photographic expeditions and so had to get it right the first or second time.
It was also an expensive business developing these large plates which again was a restrictive factor on the number of attempts to get it right he could make. A far cry from the digital age where if you make a mistake you just delete and take a few more, with no expense to the photographer at all!
Mount Williamson, Sierra Nevada, Here the low viewpoint, plane of view and wide angle lens renders the boulders in the foreground of the photograph larger than life in comparison to the mountain range in the background.
The capture of the transient light, with light source coming from the right of the frame also helps to accentuate this. Getting exposure right, and the tone and contrast balanced is fundamental to a successful black and white photograph.
He loved where he lived and the environment around him, he immersed himself in his projects, and he lived life to the full, as I try to do!Ansel Adams made a huge impact on photography because of his technological advances, environmental work, and how he won the hearts of many with his beautiful works of art.
Ansel Adams was a very talented photographer who captured beautiful photographs from day one. Ansel Adams is one of the most widely respected photographers of all time, and an inspiration for countless people.
10 Photography Lessons From Ansel Adams. by Josh. I challenge anyone interested in photography to view the works of Ansel Adams and not feel something. In the National Park Service commissioned noted photographer Ansel Adams to create a photo mural for the Department of the Interior Building in Washington, DC.
The theme was to be nature as exemplified and protected in the U.S. National Parks. Oct 05, · Ansel Adams – A Critical Review Ansel Easton Adams was born in San Francisco in He first became interested in photography at the age of 14 whilst on a family holiday to Yosemite National Park; from there on he became passionate about taking photographs, it was the beginning of an extremely prolific career.
The Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography was established in , and the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation was established in by The Wilderness Society. The Wilderness Society also has a large permanent gallery of his work on display at its Washington, D.C.
headquarters. Anybody serious about their photography has already heard of Ansel Adams, and probably seen at least some of his work. For those who haven’t, Ansel Adams is one of the most accomplished landscape photographers the world has ever seen.