Unit 57: Photography and Photographic PracticeResearch of other photographers work
Ansel AdamsAnsel Adams is an American photographerand environmentalist. He was born onFebruary 20th 1902 and died on April 22nd1984. Adams was best known for black andwhite photography, as it was back in theday. When he was 14 years old, he wasgiven his first camera by his father whichwas a Kodak Brownie box camera, it was atYosemite National park that he took hisfirst ever photographs and became instantlyinspired by it. He wrote down what hethought of his first visit there and said “thesplendor of Yosemite burst upon us and itwas glorious”.
Ansel Adams took this photograph in 1942, and is arguably known as one of his most notorious and popular images of the American Western Landscapes. Through a small aperture setting there is so much detail within the photograph such as the deep tonal variation that has been created. This is Teton Mountain portrayed at its best, through the use of Adams’ gradation chart of black and white tones. The water is a crisp light grey and you really understand how Adams used precision in photography.‘Tetons and the Snake River’ ‘Oak Tree, Sunset City’A 1932 photograph by Ansel Adams. In this photo wesee delicate lines that have been created in thislandscape. The fade between the land and the sky isjust the right gradient for us to see the true beauty ofthis oak tree. To the eye, the tree trunk and branchesstand out the most, which compliment the wispy softleaves that are hanging of the branches. The gradientsare dark, which gives it an eerie feeling and thesensitivity shows through. These types of shots he usesto inspire protection against the environment.
The way that Ansel captured these spectacular images was that he always waited patiently for the right moment. We can see in this photo that the sky and land are dark and shady, and the mountains with the snow on are crispy white. On part of the land we can see a little spread of light and in thi8s light we can see a horse. This is how Adams’ close detail and patience is applied in his work, that he waited for the exact moment that the light hit the land. It looks very elegant and the shapes of the mountains really and ‘Winter Sunrise, Lone Pine’ sharpness to this photograph.‘Leaf, Glacier Bay National Monument’ ‘Clearing Storm, Sonoma County Hills’ ‘Northern California Coast Redwoods’
This is one of Ansel Adams’ great photos of thesea and water. In this photo we see a runningstream of water flowing in a beautiful shape, likethe land has formed that way for the water toflow. It spreads out in the sea and we see thistowards the top. The way the light and darknesshas been captured is very interesting, the cloudslook perfect, they are fluffy yet have a certainsense of sharpness. They add a lot of character tothe photograph and we can see the perfectlystraight edges line which separates them from thesea. Every tiny detail is mesmerising, and it sticksin your mind, theres so many things going onand you wouldn’t think it. The stream flows intothe sea, the sea blends in separately to the cloudsand the land surrounding the stream reallycompletes the picture. This was taken by Anselin 1962. The thing that makes this photo sogreat is that the water is unpredictable, and thisis how he captured it which makes it even better,it could have gone any way, the water could havebeen still. This was all water experimentation for ‘Stream, Sea, Clouds, Rodeo Beach’Ansel Adams.
We can see that approximately 80% of the A quote once said by the man himself Anselphoto is taken up by water, and the sky is a Adams’ reads ‘You don’t take a photograph,very little percentage but explains so much. you make it’. S o in this sense, he was aEverything is so textured which have been patient but risk-taking photographer, andcreated just from their natural flow, Adams’ the photos he captured were evidence of hishadnt done anything for the water to look risk in taking the photo at the right time.the way it did or for there to be a perfectseparation between the sky and sea. It allhappened naturally, and the it all dependedon luck and the time and place. The fact it isin black and white make it even moreinteresting to look at, although we get animage in our mind of how it would have incolour, the same story is still told throughphotograph because everything is so detailed.Ansel could only use black and whitephotography because at this point in time,colour photography wasn’t alive. It’s likelythat this photo has been cropped just to havethe main focus point on the sea, there couldbe so many possibilities.
Ansel Adams – TechniquesBehind each resulting image that AnselAdams ever produced was technical, intensebeauty, precision and experimentation.These were his main techniques in which heproduced amazing photography. Anothertechnique of his was the contrast used in hisphotos. This was all down to the fact that hecould only photograph in black and white,so the use of the dark grey colours againstthe crisp white contrasted tones reallybenefitted his work, and as a result createdtheir own story. For example, in MountRobson from Mount Resplendent, CanadianRockies (1928), Adams used a telephoto lensto create a stunning close-up image of amountain that was in fact very far away. Hewas still young at this point but had learnt somuch and gained a lot of experience.
Strengths and WeaknessesI really like Ansel Adams work, and Im glad I personally don’t feel any weaknessesIve discovered it, as I think it could have an towards Ansel Adams as I am in awe of hisinfluence in some of the work I do in work. I like things being in black andphotography. I like his attention to detail white so if anything it has encouraged meand the photos where he has took a chance to want to produce these types ofnot knowing which way something is going photographs of nature like he has, just notto go. He took chances and didn’t see as extreme.anything as a downside because at the endof it all, it was experience for him and hehad learned so much. I like the way contrastplayed a big part in his work and howphotos were developed. I suppose that onlybeing able to create black and whitephotography was an advantage for Adamsand he took the opportunity and producedbeautiful, technical detailed work.