Someone Who Inspires You (202/365)

by Lee Santiva July. 21, 2019 335 views
Photographer Ansel Adams - photo of a photo

Photographer Ansel Adams - photo of a photo

You don’t take a photograph, you make it. ” - Ansel Adams

I was a teenager when I got interested in photography and my inspiration was the American nature photographer Ansel Adams.

I read everything I could about him and his method. He would spend an entire day in the darkroom on one image creating a stencil to layover the paper for precise burning and dodging.

“Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.”

The lesson here is that processing is just as important as the photo taking process, and shouldn’t be looked down upon as a lesser art form.*

His photography is considered fine art, however, its success is not just the aesthetics of the image, but the strong message he was able to conveying about conservation without saying a word.

Inspirational book - Portfolio of Ansel Adams

Inspirational book - Portfolio of Ansel Adams

At the time I was living in a big city (Chicago) and had never been to the mountains and was intrigued by his work. About 10 years later, I would experience a mountain first hand and three decades later I visited some of the sights like the Grand Canyon which he had captured.

Looking back today, I realize I have always been drawn to landscape photography as well as black and white photography from the very beginning.

If you are interested in landscape photography, you might want to read this blog: https://expertphotography.com/10-photography-lessons-from-ansel-adams/ . *It is also the source of the quotes above.

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

“ You don’t take a photograph, you make it. ” is my Photoblog motto. Thanks for sharing Lee

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Lee Santiva Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

and thanks for commenting today - I visited the home page of your blog and I can see the influence of Ansel Adams in your mountain photographs - beautiful!!

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Lynn F Medley 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank you I would like to learn more about him, thanks for sharing the link.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Lynn F Medley 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks for commenting Lynn, I actually thought every photographer would know who Ansel Adams was, so I'm glad I could make you aware of his great work

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David Swatton 1 year, 4 months ago

One of my all-time favourites - many years ago I was lucky enough to see an exhibition of his work in San Francisco; it was wonderful.

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Lee Santiva Replied to David Swatton 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks for commenting David - you were lucky to see an exhibition!! I've only seen the prints in books - seeing enlargements framed on the wall would be incredible.

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