The Story Behind Ansel Adams’s Famous Photo

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The Story Behind Ansel Adams’s famous photo and the importance of using filters, for a most spectacular effect!

“I began to realize, why, I’m not creating anything of what I feel, because I know the shadow on the cliff is going to be like the sky; it’s going to be gray,” Adams later explained. “It will be an accurate picture of Half Dome, but it won’t have that emotional quality I feel.”

Instead, for the second exposure, he used a deep red filter that would darken the sky almost to black and emphasize the white snow on Half Dome’s cliff face. The filter made all the difference, as Adams quickly realized when he developed the photo later that night.

Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was an American photographer and environmentalist.

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MONOLITH, THE FACE OF HALF DOME

«He considered Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California (1927) his “first really fine photograph,” a career-changing image that marked his first successful “visualization”—Adams’s term for carefully determining all elements of a photograph before ever releasing the shutter. Over a decade later he would institutionalize this idea with his Zone System, a photographic technique that is still taught in schools».

 

His black and white landscape photographs, have been widely reproduced on calendars, posters, books, and the internet.

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His father raised him to follow the ideas of Ralph Waldo Emerson: to live a modest, moral life guided by a social responsibility to man and to nature.

A baby cloud had born at dawn. The baby cloud had grown bigger and bigger than before. When it came the time of the morning glow, It had grown to many huge lenticular clouds. It looked like UFO formation.
A baby cloud had born at dawn. The baby cloud had grown bigger and bigger than before. When it came the time of the morning glow, It had grown to many huge lenticular clouds. It looked like UFO formation.
Ansel Adams Wilderness, California. Afternoon Thunderstorm, Garnet Lake.
Ansel Adams Wilderness, California. Afternoon Thunderstorm, Garnet Lake.

Ansel was dismissed from several private schools for being restless and inattentive, so his father decided to pull him out of school in 1915 at age 12.

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Adams was then educated by private tutors, his aunt Mary, and by his father.

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For most of his 25 years, Adams had considered himself a musician first and a photographer second. He was an accomplished pianist, and had spent a winter in San Francisco teaching music lessons and performing as part of the Milanvi Trio. But it soon became clear to Adams that his level of talent would only garner him local fame, never national.

 

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«You don’t make a photograph just with your camera. You bring to the act of  photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved».

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«To the complaint “There are no people to this photographs”, Irespond; There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer».

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«There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs».

 

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«Twelve significant photographs in one year is a good crop».

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«A good photograph is knowing where to stand».

O Άνσελ Άνταμς, γεννήθηκε στο  San Francisco, και ήταν γόνος μεγαλοαστικής οικογένειας.

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Ηταν ένας από τους σημαντικότερους φωτογράφους  του 20ού αιώνα, περισσότερο γνωστός για τις ασπρόμαυρες φωτογραφίες τοπίων και εθνικών πάρκων των ΗΠΑ.

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Το 1952 υπήρξε ένας από τους ιδρυτές του περιοδικού φωτογραφίας Aperture.

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Κατά τη διάρκεια της σταδιοδρομίας του ως φωτογράφος, απέσπασε τρεις υποτροφίες Guggenheim, ενώ το 1966 εκλέχτηκε μέλος της Αμερικανικής Ακαδημίας Τεχνών και Επιστημών. Του απονεμήθηκε επίσης το Προεδρικό Μετάλλιο της Ελευθερίας από τον πρόεδρο των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών Τζίμμυ Κάρτερ το 1980.

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Ένα χρόνο μετά το θάνατό του, η κορυφή Άνσελ Άνταμς της Σιέρρα Νεβάδα ονομάστηκε προς τιμή του.

 

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