Valley View in B&W

Having done some B&W recently, I am falling in love with B&W!

There is something amazing about B&W. Hard to put into writing what it is, but there is drama, strength and something “classic” about black and white images. One of the undisputed masters of this medium is of course Ansel Adams, who also immortalized the view you see here. Called Valley View, it is now a popular spot to stop and take a photo. In Ansel’s time, it meant a multi day hike with a mule and a bunch of glass plates and a huge camera and tripod. If the weather did not cooperate, too bad. These days, you can drive the entire Yosemite valley in less than an hour and you can sit in the car if it is too cold or too hot or wet. Oh how times have changed.

Ansel Adams said “I hope that my work will encourage self expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us” and it is in that spirit that I am posting this picture. When I took that shot, I distinctly remember thinking ” Ansel once stood here, seeing that same beauty as I am seeing now”.

Thank you Ansel for your contribution to photography and for the inspiration you bring to us all.

Valley View

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One Comment

  1. Werner Krueger November 17, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    A fabulous view in my opinion; however, there is something about an HDR image that I always find troubling. Many times I just look at an image and by concentrating my attention on the clouds I know that it is an HDR image. There must be something about the process. I often wonder if, instead of using HDR, a blending of layers might produce different results.

    I have enjoyed your HDR presentations at various events, especially seeing the possibilities when HDR was a new way of image processing.

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