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Unicorn Peak, Thunderclouds

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Ansel Adams made this image with a medium format camera around 1967 in late spring or early summer when heavy snow still swathed the granite peaks of the Cathedral Range south of Tuolomne Meadows. The billowing thunderclouds piled high above the peak are atypical so early in the year and indicate…

High Sierra Loop

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With over 800 miles of trails to choose from in the park, there is one fifty mile loop that holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Yosemite 's devoted. It is a route that gives an up close and personal view of the mountains that John Muir dubbed “The Range of Light.”

Mount Ansel Adams, Lyell Fork

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The Lyell Fork of the Merced River with its high, remote peaks and sapphire necklace of lakes was among Adams' favorite areas in Yosemite . In 1934, he led a Sierra Club outing to the Lyell Fork and the group climbed the then unnamed peak Adams called the Tower in Lyell Fork.
yosemite valley winter by Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams’ Yosemite Special Edition Photographs

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Affordable Authentic Ansel Adams Prints One of Ansel Adams’ personal commitments was to share his energy and abilities in support of the things he believed in, most notably, photography and the environment. In the cause of both, Ansel and his wife, Virginia, selected six photographs of Yosemite…

Ansel Adam's Commercial Photography

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There is a poster hanging in Ansel's darkroom in Yosemite that prompts many a smile. Titled Ted Orland's Compendium of Photographic Truths, it features a collection of humorous observations about photography assembled and published by Orland, one of Ansel's former photographic assistants. Centermost…

More Ansel Adams Images of the Bay Area - Leaves, Mills College

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Leaves, Mills College, California - In 1933 Adams showed a selection of his photographs to the dean of the Art Department at Yale University. Adams wrote, "The dean was a most gracious and kindly person but had never seen my type of photographs. He was taken with 'Leaves, Mills College Campus' and asked, 'Just what is this?' I said, 'It is a picture of foliage.' 'Yes, I understand that, but what is the subject?' I said 'What do you mean?' He replied (just a bit testily), 'What is the medium - is it an etching, a lithograph or a detailed painting?' I said, 'It's a photograph!' I was finally able to convince him that it was a direct photograph from nature. He became quite excited and arranged an exhibit of my work at Yale in 1934.

The Golden Gate, Before and After The Bridge

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Ansel Adams is rightly celebrated for his iconic images of Yosemite, National Parks and the Southwest. We sometimes overlook some of his more sublime images from his home in San Francisco and the Bay Area. The Golden Gate before the Bridge, San Francisco, CA, 1932 — One beautiful storm-clearing…