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Each of Adams 40 photographs presented here is accompanied by an engaging narrative that explores the technical and aesthetic problems presented by the subject and includes reminiscences of the places and people involved....

Title : Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs
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ISBN : 9780821217504
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 180 Pages
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  • Joanne
    2019-03-16 15:22

    No one was better at exploring and sharing the intricacies of shooting with black and white film and producing prints in the darkroom. For those who still enjoy or remember those heady and frustrating days spent amid the scents of developer and fixer and are curious how Adams achieved his own results, this is the best of his best.

  • Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
    2019-03-23 14:32

    As an enthusiastic amateur landscape photographer, I cannot begin to relate how valuable this book of Ansel Adams has become to my growth and maturation as a photographer. I make a point of sitting down and reading through it, every page, at least four or five times a year. Ansel Adams is a wonderful teacher, and his joy and passion for photography is truly inspirational.

  • Christopher May
    2019-03-25 08:10

    Not much to say on this one. A pretty straightforward piece containing St. Ansel’s thoughts (both technical and artistic) about 40 of his images including many of his most memorable. Highly recommended for anyone but especially fine art photographers.

  • Buck Ward
    2019-03-17 10:18

    As a photographer, I greatly admire the photographs of Ansel Adams. He has impressed me and influenced my own photography probably more than any other great photographer. I think of him as Saint Ansel.In this book the master tells of his making of 40 photographs. In many instances he goes into technical details regarding cameras and lenses that are now antiques and about films and developers that are no longer available. "People have said to me, 'Why don't you just make the picture and forget all that technical gobbledegook?'" he says. It's true that the technical state of the art in Adams day has less relevance in this digital age. But Adams also says, "It should be obvious to all that photographers whose images possess character and quality have attained them only by continued practice and total dedication to the medium." The wonder of this book is the stories of getting there, the difficulties and hardships, the serendipities and triumphs. I loved the way he expressed his thoughts in the photographs, the camera placement, exposure and timing, and compositional considerations. I was enthralled as he explained the nuances of the composition and printing of Nevada Fall, Yosemite National Park, c. 1947. Then I looked above me with new understanding at the large copy of Nevada Fall that hangs on the wall above the chair in which I was reading.One of the photographs Adams tells us about is Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941. This iconic photograph is perhaps my favorite Ansel Adams. I revel in knowing more about it. Anyone who knows anything about photography or appreciates great photographs will recognize photographs in this book. Even if just for browsing, Examples is worthwhile.

  • Dan Harris
    2019-03-05 13:32

    The print quality in this book exceeds any of the Ansel books i have read (Ansel Adams Guide Book 1, Ansel Adams in the National Parks). In this book Ansel discusses the depths of exposure, tripod placement, zone visualization, lenses used, and the events of that day leading to the photograph. The photographs in this book range from landscapes, portraits, architecture, and found objects. I have always found that Ansel's photographs of the natural landscape (details or the grand) to be most profound. And his portrait work I found valuable but it had less emotional affect on me and my work. So just know that this book is about 25% landscape, 25% portrait, 25% architecture, 25% found objects.So, because of my personal tastes in his work, and the fact I have previously read the updated Ansel Adams's Basic Photography Book 1 which contained the majority of these images (though in less detail) I have given it four stars. Though a more accurate rating would be 4.5 due to the superb print quality.This book can be read in a matter of 2-3 days if one is dedicated.

  • James
    2019-03-14 12:33

    Wonderful, and very dense. This is not entertainment, this is education. About a third of the way through I started to really grasp some of Adams' procedures in a practical way, as opposed to the theory I thought I understood before reading this. The use of his photos as examples helped me take a leap of understanding. If you are very serious about landscape photography, and you really want to start grasping the zone system, I recommend this book for you. If you want Ansel Admas' anecdotes, or you just want to look at his photos, there are better books available.

  • Arvin
    2019-02-28 09:31

    I bought this book several years ago and read it. However, aside from enjoying the amazing images, I didn't really get too much out of it. In the process of cleaning out my bookshelves, I found it again and have started to re-read it and on second reading I have absorbed a lot more of it now. A lot of the "seeing" the image makes a lot more sense. I plan to read it again in a few years to see if I can glean even more.

  • Milan
    2019-03-13 08:08

    One of the iconic books by Ansel Adams. 40 beautiful photographs, and, as the title suggest, always a story behind making each of them. At those days, photography was indeed a different business. When Ansel had to drag his large format camera of the hill and knew he had only four shots, he had the consider very very carefully what and how to shoot. Nice reading for all photography enthusiasts.

  • Ivan
    2019-03-16 14:25

    Love this book, love St. Ansel. He tells of the work he put in to achieve these iconic images. When one reads the "Zone System" books, one could imagine that the System will help to make photography a snap (or a click). But it is just one step in the tortuous road toward making the photographer's pre-visualisation concrete.

  • Matt Hooper
    2019-02-23 07:19

    Good landscape photography is quite difficult and in this book Ansel Adams describes how he made 40 of his photos. Some of his stories give you an appreciation of the ease and sloppiness you can get away with in the digital realm. I'm not a big fan of Adams yet I still enjoyed reading this book to understand his techniques. Recommended.

  • David R
    2019-02-28 11:10

    It is wonderful to read this book and wonder what Adams would have thought of digital medium and Instagram. At one point he bemoans a group of photographers with whom he went on a trip for "attacking" each other with 35mm cameras. In another he talks about embracing emerging technology in photography.

  • Serge Pierro
    2019-03-17 07:34

    This book provides insight into the mind of one of the all-time great photographers. Each photograph is annotated by Ansel Adams, and provides photographers, with the story behind these iconic images.

  • Steve Losh
    2019-02-27 14:17

    A wonderful, articulate book from a master of his craft. Skip the other landscape books and go straight here. Adams explains 40 of his photographs with an honest, unpretentious, knowledgeable style.If you want a version of this book for portraits, look at "50 Portraits" by Gregory Heisler.

  • Jean Marie Angelo
    2019-03-01 14:37

    A treasured gift from a friend. Just lovely. Learning about him began my love affair with the southwest.

  • Jason Kelley
    2019-03-01 07:27

    Very inspirational. And you need not be an Adams fan to pull good out of this book. If you enjoy the creative process as it relates to photography, then I highly recommend taking a look.

  • Jim Crotty
    2019-03-02 12:34

    An excellent study in light and composition, and not just for landscape photographers but all visual artists.

  • Foster
    2019-03-09 07:15

    At times a bit too thick on outdated technical details, this is still an interesting read for insight into the mind of undoubtedly one of the most influential photographers ever.

  • Jedrek Kostecki
    2019-03-11 07:09

    The text is interesting but some of these pics are just... weak. Ansel could shoot a calendar landscape image like nobody else, but his portraits? Who cares.