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Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America's Wild Places Hardcover – October 18, 2010
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I have always been interested in Ansel Adams. As someone who calls themselves an amateur photographer, his use of black and white has always amazed me. It was so fun to open this huge book chock full of Ansel Adams rarely seen photos. It was fascinating to hear the rational behind the photos. Ansel was a visionary who has documented some of the most beautiful nature photos. How can a man who worked in black and white have had such a career? I never know when to use black and white and found myself in awe of Ansel's vision and use of light.
"A photograph is made, not taken." I love that line from the book. This week I told two people who noticed my camera and said, they can't take good photos with their current camera and wish they had a camera like mine. Both were told as nicely as possible, that it is not necessary to spend a lot of money on a camera. It is the photographer who makes the picture, not the camera. My entire life, I have been told, your camera takes great pictures. More often than not I was insulted by the statement. After 8 camera's and many years of maturation, I just roll my eyes at that statement.
Ansel Adams In The National Parks is a great gift for the photographer in your life, the Ansel fan, or just for someone who appreciates the beauty of the glorious world we live in.
I enjoy photography, but am by no means a fanatic, and I loved browsing through the book and learning more about the National Parks (I've never been to one). There were a few particular images that really made me stop and take notice of every detail; I'm sure everyone will find some that do the same for them. Ansel Adams in the National Parks is beautifully presented and would make an amazing gift to anyone who appreciates nature photography, or is simply a fan of a great coffee table book.
Adams travelled and photographed forty national parks during his 50+ year career. This newest volume contains over 50 photographs never before published.
Ansel is one of the greatest photographers in the world. His stunning pictures are all the more incredible as he worked with what we would now consider 'basic' equipment. Prints were developed by hand, a skill he excelled at. His black and white work is instantly identifiable.
"For Ansel, the creative process began at the camera but did not end until he felt a sense of satisfaction in the darkroom. His photographic prints are a personal intensification of what was in front of the camera. They reveal not only the photographic process, but also the photographer." To quote Adams - "A photograph is made, not taken."
Ansel was an ardent proponent of preserving 'America's wild places.' Through his photographs, campaigns, and Sierra Club activities, he was successful in his raising awareness and affecting change.
As I slowly perused each page, I was struck by the beauty of each and every photograph. Stand outs for me were Redwood Stumps and Ferns/California on Pg33 and Forest/Alaska pg186 . These two images radiate movement and fairly leap off the page. The play of shadows in Grand Canyon/Arizona 1942 on pg35 was breathtaking. It accentuated the timeless and enduring quality of the stone. The detail captured in the waves and mist of Grand Prismatic Spring/Wyoming pg36 is again a testament to Adam's skill with a camera, but also his ability to see the beauty in our natural world. I think perhaps my favourite shot is Aspens at Dawn/Colorado 1937 on pg66.Read more ›
Of the two I like this one better. The subject is obvious and that is the beauty and diversity of our national parks. The book contains quite a few photographs rarely seen in other Ansel books. There are interesting short notes written by Andrea to accompany some of the photographs and other longer articles about Ansel as well. The book brings back my memory of moments in the national prks and makes me want to go back more!
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I was looking for a book as a gift. I wanted one that would be in honor of the 100th year of the National parks. The person to whom I am giving it is also a fan of Ansel Adams. Read morePublished 3 days ago by no
I have ordered 6 of this exact book for our 4 Yosemite vacation rentals. They are a big hit with our guests from all over the world. I highly recommend this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by stormy Daze
I first saw Ansel Adams photos in a History of Photography class in college long ago. As a kid from New York City, I was amazed at the magnificent landscapes that Adams captured... Read morePublished 2 months ago by BR Boston
I showed this in a first of a series about famous photographers who have left their thumb print on the world, our world, and us. The beautiful state parks we have today... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Indy C.
Any nature photographer will tell you that Ansel Adams was the master. Given the times and the limits of the days, his work still holds up to anything you see today.Published 3 months ago by The BW
Ansel Adams was the master of black & white photography! I bought this book to get ideas and inspiration from him. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am not a photographer...but I see these and my heart just soars.Published 6 months ago by Patricia Maierson