Ansel Adams – The Photography Master

Let us see few compositions from one of the Masters of Photography – Ansel Adams 

In the year 1902, Mr. Ansel Adams was born in the United States. At a very young age itself, he started learning music and photography. He has extensively covered the Yosemite national park. From his photos it is very Obvious that he was inclined towards landscapes and nature. At the age of 19, his work got published. Within a year, he started selling his photographs. In another couple of years, his portfolio was ready. At the age of 29, he had his own solo exhibition.At the same time, on the other side of the planet, there was another legend born who is none other than Fan Ho.

Now lets see few photographs from Ansel Adams.

There are lot of photographs from Ansel that teaches us about composition and about photography in general. Like the photograph called the Moonrise which was taken during his trip to New Mexico. This photograph has been printed many times.

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There is another photograph called Snake river. This photograph also got a lot of attention and compositional details.

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But the one which I personally liked is called the Tanya lake.

If you look at this photograph, the two shorelines at the left and right sides acts as leading lines.

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Once it takes a win, the rocks take over the viewers’ eyes.

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This further takes you to the pine forests located below the mountains

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Then the pines lead to the mountains above it

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and finally, the clouds at the top of them all.

Amazing isn’t it?

The composition used in this photograph makes it one of my favorites from him.

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Another photograph from him, which I personally liked is called as the Lonely Vigil.

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I think before you press the shutter button, there needs to be a clear understanding why this photograph is in portrait or landscape orientation.

If you look at this photograph, there are two prominent subjects which are in vertical mode. This automatically decides the orientation as portrait and which is exactly what he did.

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Talking about the masters and their works itself is special on its own. Who is your most favorite master photographer? Let us know in the comments and we can talk about them in the future.

Disclaimer 1: The copyrights of all the above Photographs remains with the photographer Ansel Adams or whomsoever he has transferred it to.

Disclaimer 2: The deconstruction of the above Photographs are purely from the author’s perspective.

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