Saw Ansel Adams Today (Sunday)

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  1. Jeff Canes

    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    When to see Adams to day at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art. I was surprised that Adams’ print appeared darker to me then on his calendars, most of them where 8x10’s and 11x14 with a few 16x20. The exhibition is on loan from the George Eastman House thru July 5 http://www.moafl.org/exhibitions.htm, if in Ft Lauderdale go see it

    This one reminded me of a photo that Troy Pilgrim post last week
    http://www.anseladams.com/images/MPs/MP_142LG.jpg

    A few of my favorites
    http://www.anseladams.com/images/MPs/MP_203LG.jpg
    http://www.anseladams.com/images/MPs/MP_205LG.jpg
    Moonrise (could not find a link)
    http://www.anseladams.com/images/Adams/AALarge/AAzabriskepointLG.jpg
    http://www.anseladams.com/images/MPs/MP_19LG.jpg
    http://www.anseladams.com/images/MPs/MP_211LG.jpg

    I was disappoint with this one of the Tetons because of a dark foreground and it’s one of my favorites http://www.anseladams.com/images/MPs/MP_47LG.jpg

    My version but not very good
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    drlynn TPF Noob!

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    Personally, Jeff, I like your shot a great deal. I like the cloud swirls as they give some personality to the sky, which I think is important in b&w landscapes.

    My only nitpic is that the horizon is a bit close to center for my taste. I moved it up my screen until the sky was cropped almost touching the big swirling cloud mass on the right side, and it's a really nice shot to me done that way.


    /edit for speeling :D
     
  3. photong

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    Omg I thought you were serious and had to tell you it had to be an impersonator ;)
     
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    Just a thought, since you said they seemed darker then you thought they would be. Are you sure the negatives were printed my Ansel himself? He did have others print from his negatives towards the end. And alot of people printed from his negatives after his death. My photo professor has even printed from some of Ansel's negatives when he worked as an assistist to John Sexton.
    Sexton has printed a ton of Ansel's negatives, perhaps you were seeing Ansel's negs printed from somone else? Prolly not, but it does happen.
    I have only seen one real Ansel print, and thats one that my professor recieved from Sexton as a gift. But i thought it was alittle dark as well. go figure :?
     
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    Even Ansel Adams had to deal with dry-down!! :lol:

    I've been fortunate to see some of his prints from the KU Spencer museum of art collection, and the Hallmark collection when it was on display at the Nelson-Atkins museum of art. I don't recall them looking dark to me. It can depend a lot of the lighting in the gallery too.

    Although it's rare to get the opportunity to do so with the work of "master phographers", I like to compare different prints of the same image, and look for the differences. I've heard that there are many different printings of "Moonrise Over Hernandez, NM", and some are strikingly different looking than others.
     
  6. Jeff Canes

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    Matt, Yes different print contracts seems like a strong possibility to me.

    Havoc - all the prints where originals and signed, the markers noted the year taken and year printed

    Photong – that’s what I intended you to think ;)
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I was at an Ansel Adams exhibit that did precisely that. There were side-by-side prints of the same images, some printed 20 years apart from each other. The differences were astonishing, some subtle, some "Wow!" Best part of the exhibit, IMO. Well, that and the B&W of Georgia O'Keefe. :D
     
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    Awesome shot! I have tried it myself a few times from the parking lot facing the Snake River. Not so good results though! Congrats on the shot!

    And talking about AA's Moonrise over Hernandez shot, do you know how he took it? It was an educated guess, as to the exposure. He exposed by measuring the moon and placing it on 6th zone and then shot his very last sheet of film (he was on his way back home, I guess...). Some educated guess there!
     

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