This image of the moon rising in New Mexico, taken in 1941, is one of the most famous and popular photographs by iconic photographer Ansel Adams. Much has been written about how the photo was taken ( in a hurry as the light was fading) but I'd like to point out the masterpiece of photographic printing in the analog age, before the infinite capabilities of digital photo programs like Photoshop. Below is a comparison of the final print and a straight, unmanipulated print from the negative. The image on the left is what the the photographer saw and the camera recorded. The final image on the right is the interpretation of the artist and master darkroom printer (Adams). Adams, who was a trained classical pianist, is quoted as saying "The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to it's performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways."
Ansel Adams (1902-1984) American photographer. Adams was born in San Francisco in 1902. In 1903, his family moved to a new home near the Seacliff neighborhood. The home sat on a bluff surrounded by sand dunes and had a view of the Golden Gate and the Marin Headlands. (From wikipedia:) Uninjured in the initial shaking of the 1906 earthquake, the four-year-old Ansel Adams was tossed face-first into a garden wall during an aftershock three hours later, breaking his nose. The house still stands today in it's original location although it has been extensively remodeled. Adams built another house adjacent to it that he lived in until 1962 when he moved to Carmel, Ca.
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