Realism film

April 28, 2009

Short Video-Scavenger hunt

April 28, 2009

Coming Soon:

March 30, 2009

silentsouls

Musings

March 23, 2009

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Photo Essay in roughly the right order

March 2, 2009

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Ansel Adams-esque photo

February 23, 2009

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Three of Ansel Adam’s photographs No. 3

February 23, 2009

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Redwoods

In Redwoods, Adams uses lighting techniques to enhance the presentation of the redwood trees.  The negative space behind the trees provides a frame that allows the redwoods to pop out of the background and demostrate the granduer of these forest giants. 

However it is also the color choice that adds to the visual punch of the photo.  As the Photo Idea Index states, “Color informs, influences, attracts and compels through countless visual and emotional channels” (106).   Here, Adams use of black and white grant the photo a timeless, frozen and regal quality that works to graft a sense of wonder and awe of the redwood trees into the mind of the viewer.  As always and it is important to realize its power, the sharpness of the photo also invites the eye to take time to soak in the totality of the photograph.

Three of Ansel Adam’s photographs No. 2

February 23, 2009

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The power of this photograph is an excellent showcase of Adams’ compositional skills.  As the Photo Idea Index tells us “the trick is to recognize good composition when you see it through the viewfinder (… )”(74).  Adams is taking a picture outside of a studio and uses the layout of the trees themselves to create a dynamic seen.  Notice how the smaller tree in the front is highlighted, the white spaces calling for attention due to the darker background. 

The placement of the  camera so the smaller tree is set off to the left is also a choice that helps the photo grab the viewer.  Adams uses unequal spaces and asymmetry to prevent the viewer’s eye from growing bored and moving away.  Instead the eye constantly looks for new details and is always able to find new ones due to the quality of the photograph.

Three of Ansel Adam’s photographs No. 1

February 23, 2009

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        The impact in this photo is due to Adams’ mastery of presentation.  Here a forest becomes stage for a dazzling interplay of geometric shapes.  As defined in the Photo Idea Index geometric shapes are “self contained designs within the larger composition of a photograph” (100).  In the photo, it is the sheer number of the geometric shapes created by the criss-cross of the various showcovered branches that awe the eye and give a complexity to the photo not often seen wheen photographing a bunch of trees.  As always, Adams’ focus on clarity allows the viewer to see each branch in almost perfect detail. 

Ansel Adams: Favorite Photographer Bio

February 22, 2009

Ansel Adams was born in 1902.  As a child he developed a keen interest in the natural world and would spend a great deal of time outdoors.  Visiting Yosemite National Park in 1916, before it was a national park, Ansel would find a place to capture and inspire him for decades to come.  But first he had to learn his craft.

At first though, it seemed music would be Adams’ creative passion, however time spent in Yosemite with a camera slowly turned Adams’ towards photography.  Joining the Sierra Club in 1919, Adams would be deeply involved in the club and in the conversation moment for the rest of his life.  Adams began photographing the Sierra Club’s hiking excursions and made enough money to devote himself to photography as a profession.  In 1927 Adams met Albert M. Bender, wealthy patron of the arts and Mr. Bender would be instrumental in getting Adams first portfolio published, entitled Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras. 

With Bender’s influence Ansel slowly grew as a photographer.  Ansel would branch out into taking photos of the Southwest and in 1930 would meet the man who would exert a mentor-like influence on him, Paul Strand.  Strand, a fellow photographer, would help move Adams into produce photos that would become hallmarks of Adams’ photography, namely a strong emphasis on clarity.  Adams critical star soared, but finances would start giving him trouble as the 1930s wore continued.   Adams would turn to commercial photography to pay bills.

However, Adams would become photography’s grandmaster, writing technical manuals and developing his own system of photography, called the zone system.   Dozens of professionals in the field would consult with Adams.  Adams would also never compromise on his beliefs that his photographs were art, and to that practicing his art uplifted him. 

Adams would die April 22, 1984.

 

Sources include http://www.notablebiographies.com/A-An/Adams-Ansel.html and http://www.anseladams.com/content/ansel_info/anseladams_biography2.html .