Ansel Adams

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Ansel Adams

  1. 1. Ansel Adams & Landscape  Photography  
  2. 2. Brought to you by:
  3. 3. The  “Godfather”  of  Landscape  Photography  
  4. 4. •  Born  Feb  1902   •  American  photographer  and   environmentalist   •  Originally  studied  music   •  First  first  visited  Yosemite  NaGonal  Park   in  1916  with  his  family,  father  gave  him   his  first  camera  at  the  Gme   •  Following  year,  returned  to  Yosemite   with  a  beLer  camera  and  tripod   •  Age  17  joined  Sierra  Club  {group   dedicated  to  protecGng  wild  placed  on   earth}  eventually  served  as  a  director.   •  Opened  his  own  art  and  photo  gallery  in   San.  Fran  1933   •  One  of  the  founders  of  the  magazine   Aperture  
  5. 5. •  Ansel  Adams  is  one  of  the  most   respected  names  in   photography.     •  Produced  hundreds  of  images   that  became  familiar  across  the   world,  as  tributes  to  the  epic   landscapes  of  North  America.     •  Most  well  known  for  his   innovaGve  and  brilliant  black-­‐ and-­‐white  photos  in  landscape   photography.   •  Adams  Style:  sharp,  clear   depicGons,  not  blurry   abstracGons  in  imitaGon  of   painGngs.    
  6. 6. •  The  contribuGons  of  Ansel   Adams  to  the  world  of   photography  go  beyond   preLy  pictures  of   landscapes  and  natural   forms.     •  Developed  “Zone  System”.   •  The  Zone  System  is  a  way   to  manipulate  the  tonality   of  the  images  and  capture   the  stark  and  vivid   contrasts  in  nature  that   could  never  by  recorded   by  the  camera’s  limited   capabiliGes   •  Ansel’s  technique,  bought  out  detail.   •  His  wriLen  technical  photography  manuals   are  sGll  regarded  as  influenGal  and  relevant   in  the  modern  era.  
  7. 7. The  Tetons  and  snake  river  1942,  Ansel  Adams  
  8. 8. Evening,  McDonald  Lake,  Glacier  Na>onal  Park  -­‐     Ansel  Adams  
  9. 9. The  Tetons  and  the  Snake  River  (1942)  –      Ansel  Adams  
  10. 10. Winter  Sunrise,  from  Lone  Pine  –     Ansel  Adams  
  11. 11. Many  present  day  PHOTOGRAPHERS  are  inspired     by  the  work  of  ANSEL  ADAMS  
  12. 12. Photograph  by  Peter  Essick  
  13. 13. Photograph  by  Peter  Essick  
  14. 14. Photograph  by  Peter  Essick  
  15. 15. Photograph  by  Peter  Essick  
  16. 16. Photograph  by  Peter  Essick  
  17. 17. Photographs  by  Peter  Essick  
  18. 18. You  don’t  take  a  Photograph,  you  make  it.                                                                                                                      -Ansel Adams [Discuss]  
  19. 19. Part 1: If  you  could  make  a  Photograph  of  your   surrounding  environment  in  a  posiGve  light  what   would  your  landscape  look  like? [Discuss]  
  20. 20. It  is  horrifying  that  we  have  to  fight  our  own   government  to  save,  the  environment.                                                                                                                -Ansel Adams [Discuss]  
  21. 21. Part 2: If  you  could  make  a  Photograph  of  your   surrounding  environment  in  a  negaGve  light   what  would  your  landscape  look  like? [Discuss]  
  22. 22. •  “Make”  14  landscape  exposures.   •  7  of  the  well  composed  images  should  aim  to   capturing  the  BeauGful  landscape  of  our  town   or  the  surrounding  area.   •  7  of  the  well  composed  images  should  make  a   statement  about  the  transformaGon  of  the   landscape.    
  23. 23. Shooting assignment: Photograph  a  Photograph  of  your  surrounding   environment  in  a  negaGve  light  what  would  your   landscape  look  like? [Discuss]  

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