Yesterday was Ansel Adams birthday and I missed posting an image in his honor. Ansel was born in San Francisco, California on February 20, 1902 and with his love of nature went on to create some stunning landscape photography. But it wasn’t just the photos themselves that have become iconic, but the way he made them.
He was a master at dodging and burning film images in the dark room decades before we had the ability to apply such edits with ease in modern photo editing programs. At first I wasn’t into dodging and burning any of my images (the effect can be used in black and white and color) until I watched a few videos about Ansel and tutorials on how to dodge and burn.
I learned how some images I was totally taken by were often created using this technique. I was smitten! The technique really isn’t that difficult but I will warn you, like with any other style of editing you can get so taken in that you will go at it for much longer than is needed. Some edit fast, some slow, some not at all… do you just don’t overdo!
So here is my belated birthday homage to the great Ansel Adams and while it wasn’t taken in Yosemite National Park, I think Rocky Mountain National Park works equally well.
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