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Ansel Adams: Hero for the National Parks System

Updated on May 12, 2011

Ansel Adams: Influential in Photography, But Also With Congress

Ansel Adams' photographs are ubiquitous in America. Doctor's offices, banks, libraries, any place that needs classy decor at a reasonable price is likely to have one. Yet his work has not sucumbed to the triteness that such over exposed work often does. The eye does not tire of Ansel Adams' photgraphs, nor do the black and white master pieces blend into the background, offering only visual white noise.

Several years back the North Carolina Museum of Art had an extensive show with his work. I learned that there is a lot more to know about Adams than his pictures. If you ever have a chance to view an exhibit,. go. Take the time to read the narratives that will accompany his work.

Ansel Adams Role in Defending and Growing of The National Parks System

There are approximately 400 parks that make up the National Parks System. Yosemite was the first area set aside in 1872, but there was no real attempt at a system until 1916 when Woodrow Wilson signed the papers creating the Organic Act. The road to making and keeping the National Parks System has been as rocky as some of the terrain in the great Western Parks .

Most of us are aware of recent attempts to drill for oil in pristine park land. Throughout the years there have been developers who wanted the land for all sorts of things. Some have been granted permission to build hotels, but the land has remained generally pure.

Sarah Palin is not the first politician from a wilderness state who has held the wilderness in less than awe. When people grow up with beauty, they tend to take it for granted. And of course, most of the Congressmen from the Midwest, South and East had never been out West.

Those who fought to protect these lands from developers, saving it for you and I, found the photographs of Ansel Adams. Those of us who have grown up seeing his work can only imagine what it must have been like to see these pictures for the first time. They had never seen the land; when their first exposure to it was the pictures of Ansel Adams, they were truly awe struck. Ansel Adams' photos were instrumental in changing their votes to saving the parks, even making more.

We owe so much to Adams. We not only have his amazing photographs to admire, but we have the National Parks System, in part, because of his work.

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.

Roy Firestone Interviews Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams on Intuition and Photography

In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular... sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.

Ansel Adams Moon Over Cliff

Ansel Adams Moon Over Cliff
Ansel Adams Moon Over Cliff

Ansel Adams Work Was Ansel Adams

We can take fairly decent pictures with our 2 ounce cell phones. I am sure that Ansel Adams would have been able to take terrific pictures with our cell phones.

We have to remind ourselves that he was using a huge box camera that had to stand on a heavy tripod and required other equipment. His habit was to take one picture, take it back to his dark room and develop it. No repeating or deleting things until he got what he wanted.

It was common for him to take hours to set up a picture, to get that one chance at perfection. However, his assistants recall him driving along, suddenly stopping, getting out of the car and shooting a master piece.

That was the Ansel Adams intuition. He had the technical skills, but his intuition, his soul, if you will, was what made it possible for him to spend hours or minutes getting that perfect picture!

Ansel Adam's on Photography

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.

Ansel Adams Snow Mountain

Ansel Adams Snow Mountain
Ansel Adams Snow Mountain

Ansel Adams: a Short Film

Ansel Adams on Emotion in the Work

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.

All About Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams on His Techology

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

Ansel Adams' Technology: The Zone System

"The Zone System is a photographic technique for determining optimal film exposure and development, formulated by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer in 1941. The Zone System provides photographers with a systematic method of precisely defining the relationship between the way they visualize the photographic subject and the final results. Although it originated with black and white sheet film, the Zone System is also applicable to roll film, both black and white and color, negative and reversal, and to digital photography."

Those interested in technology should follow this link: The Zone System

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So Much to Learn About and From Ansel Adams

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Dropping back at this wonderful tribute to Ansel Adams and doing some angel dusting.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      One of my heroes

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very interesting. blessed

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Well done! Lensrolled to: Inspirational Words From John Muir.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Great photography! Love this lens!

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      Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      I learned a lot, I love how your Ansel Adams lens share so much information and knowledge about the man who was an incredible photographer! Blessing this lens and featuring it on Wildlife Photography Angel Blessings

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      The biggest thing that I learned from this page all about Ansel Adams...Keep your eye out for the shot - be patient if it takes hours to "see it", be ready if it is right there (now) for the snapping! Thanks for this fabulous page, my angel blessing today is SWAH!

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      I love the National Parks of America. My last trip to the USA was specifically to tour some of the parks and I am looking forward to my next trip.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love Ansel Adams Photography and love this lens. Great work.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      [in reply to Tipi] I hope that you will start seeing more of his work. It will add so much to your life!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I had never heard of Ansel. Without ever knowing him, I love this man. Thank for for showing us in this lens. Very creative style! 5*'s

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      religions7 8 years ago

      I love the quote about correcting God's mistakes :)

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      adventuresinaut 8 years ago

      Very nice lens on Ansel Adams. I was lucky enough to see an exhibit of his along with Annie Leibowitz at the Corcoran Gallery in Wasington DC this year with my sister who's hobby is photography. It was such an incredible treat for me as I don't get out often to galleries because both my boys are on the Autism Spectrum. Believe me the Art Gallery is the last place to take my two boys!LOL Anyway, Like you said in your lens, the detail was amazing due to the use of his camera with the large 8" x 10" Negatives. I Also love his ability to capture great contrast in Black and White.

      On a side note the Annie Leibowitz exhibit was wonderful too. I did not realize her parents lived in Silver Spring, Maryland, same place I lived as an infant. Her portrait of Queen Elizabeth was breathtaking. It was very modern, yet very appropriate for a Royal Portrait. I believe she captured the queen's personality in a way that made her a real person and not just a stiff cold portrait.