Would Ansel Adams use Photoshop?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Alan Browne, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. Alan Browne

    tony cooper Guest

    On reflection, I agree with the correction.
    tony cooper, Aug 18, 2012
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  2. f 64 was necessary with the longer FL lens used on 8x10 view cameras for good DOF, There is a good reason that f64 doesn't exist on newer cameras that have smaller formats and shorter FL lens. Diffraction limits of Resolution http://www.aguntherphotography.com/tutorial/diffraction-limits-of-resolution.html
    jbeasleyphotos, Aug 19, 2012
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  3. He adopted this approach though because he was inspired by Paul Strand, who
    was already doing it. By his own admission, before seeing Strand's images
    of Taos and the surrounding landscape, Ansel was doing soft focus stuff.

    The start of the modern trend of straight photography can be traced to
    Strand's images and essay on the subject as published in Camera Work in

    Of course Ansel made a large body of great work with an emphasis on tonal
    values etc, but so did several of his contemporaries e.g. Edward Weston. I
    suspect though that in the end the leg-up from wealthy patrons is probably
    one of the main reaons Ansel Adams has ended up better known than Weston,
    Strand, and others. Sadly success in photography requires a lot more skills
    than just the ability to take great photographs, in the end you also need a
    lot of business acumen or the unstnting support of someone else who has it.
    Gordon Freeman, Aug 23, 2012
  4. Alan Browne

    Savageduck Guest

    The tragedy of Weston was his inability to capture fresh images in last
    11 years of his life when he was unable to do anything other than
    supervise production of prints due to Parkinson's Disease. This was a
    period after the War when Adams was able to push his self promotion
    into legend.

    It should also be noted that Adams and Weston lived near each other at
    different periods and collaborated on technical philosophy and remained
    friends until Weston's death.
    Savageduck, Aug 23, 2012
  5. Alan Browne

    Stella Smith Guest

    Stella Smith, Sep 6, 2012
  6. Thanks to both of youse gents!
    John McWilliams, Sep 6, 2012
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