Be Inspired: Ansel Adams - You will be surprised by the photo.

by Eric Von Lehmden | October 20, 2011

Yes, we all know Ansel Adams is a photography GIANT. His photos are iconic and often copied (rarely to any type of success). There are amazing stories of him waiting months or even years to get the perfect photo of Yosemite, and hiking for miles for that perfect perspective. Without a doubt he alone has inspired thousands to pick up a camera and learn photography. But the photo I want to show you today isn't this story of daunting patience and persistence. It is more of simplicity and awareness. This possibly my favorite photo of Adams. The Rose on Driftwood. He didn't have to trek into the wilderness to take this photo. He took it in on his kitchen table...the rose is from his wife's garden. All he did was notice the beautiful light that was streaming in through the kitchen door and took advantage of it. So look around you...what is near you or something you see every day that you are missing?

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Have you ever seen an image and asked yourself, "How did they capture that?" Try to reverse engineer the photo and figure out how you would photograph it. Try to figure out the time of day, where the light or lights were coming from, etc. This is a fantastic exercise to build your skill level as a photographer.


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