FC: Autumn Lowery Digital Photography 5th hour Ansel Adams Project
1: Ansel Adams was born on February 20, 1902 in San Francisco, California. He was the son of Charles Hitchcock Adams and Olive Bray. Adams Grandfather was a wealthy lumber businessman. When Ansel was 4 there was a devastating earthquake in San Francisco. During one of the aftershocks Ansel was thrown into a wall and broke his nose, which left his nose crooked for the rest of his life. Ansel was a shy boy growing up and had difficulties learning in school. It was thought that Ansel may have been dyslexic and may have suffered from hyperactivity. Ansel went through many schools before his parents decided that they were better off home schooling him. Eventually he earned his “legitimizing diploma” from the Mrs. Kate M. Wilkins Private School, which is about the equalization of completing eighth grade. Later in his youth Ansel became very interested in music. Because Ansel possessed a photographic memory it was easy for him to quickly learn how to read music and play the piano. By 1920, playing the piano became his primary occupation and his intended profession. Because of his strict discipline and this difficult piano exercises, playing ultimately helped his hyperactivity diminish. Eventually Ansel gave up playing the piano for photography, but the skills that he gained from playing helped him blossom as a photographer. In 1916 Ansel visited Yosemite National Park and was astounded by its beauty. He returned every year until he died exploring Yosemite Valley. In 1927 Adams compiled his first portfolio, titled “Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras.” Adams first portfolio was a huge success and he soon received commercial assignments. In later years Adams work became more matured and he became better known for his photographs. All in all he had about a 60-year photography career. | Ansel Adams Biography
2: "Canyon de Chelly," panorama of valley from mountain. Visual elements within the photograph Color: I see black white, and everything in between Line: there are lost of curvy lines because of the river and the different layers in the stone Light and Shadow: the light is natural, its soft: the light is coming from the upper right hand corner. The shadows that are over the valley I assume are coming from clouds that are covering the sun. Design of the photograph Contrast: there are dark points on the top line of thirds. An then it gets lighter to the right of the photo Dominance: I focus on the large rock in the center of the photo. I think its drawn there because it has almost all the shades of black grey and white in the photo. Framing: the photo is framed by a river bed to the right and a stone mountain/hill thingy to the left of the photo.
3: "Evening, McDonald Lake, Glacier National Park," looking across lake toward mountains. Visual elements within the photograph Light and Shadow: The light in the photograph is natural; in this case it is soft light. It seems to be coming from the back and upper portion of the photo. The shadows that are created are more like reflections in the water than actual shadows. They vary from rather light to really dark. Value: there is a nice range of tones in the photo; the darkest is at the bottom and the right the lightest areas are in the middle and in the reflection of the water. Space: the overlapping objects creates a feeling of depth Design of the photograph Angle: the photo was taken at about an eye level angle. If it had been taken at a lower angle you would have darker parts. Dominance: I tend to focus on the darker hill in the right corner, I think I focus on this because it has a nice diagonal line and is the darkest thing in the image. There is another area of interest on the left side Variety: the mountain on the left is in focus while the ones on the right aren’t, so that creates texture and you can see some ripples in the water.
4: "In Glacier National Park," valley, snow covered mountains in background. Visual elements within the photograph Light and Shadow: the light is natural; the light is soft; the light is coming from above; there aren’t really any shadows. Color: I see black white, and everything in between Line: the mountains create nice diagonal lines. And the lines from the snow create horizontal lines Design of the photography Variety: there’s a variety of texture in the trees, snow, mountain top, and clouds. Framing: the left edge is framed with the tree line while the right side is shaped with the side of one of the mountains. Repetition: the mountains on the left repeat themselves.