Aphorisms #12

Less is more

Less is more

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.”

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

“A photograph is not an accident – it is a concept.”

“Twelve significant photographs in any year is a good crop.”

Ansel Adams (1902-1984)

Here are some of the quotes of one of the greatest American landscape photographer’s. Especially true is that you make a photograph. This means that you need to have a concept, an idea before you shoot. What are your thoughts? Any comment?



6 thoughts on “Aphorisms #12

  1. That’s right Steve, you previsualize the picture, you take it, you photoshop it, you memorize it, you store it electronically, you print it and finally you take it with you (perhaps to the gallery).

  2. Did you try to imagine how many digital photos are around the world altogether including the Internet? In the good??? old days 1 roll of film could have 36 photos on each at most. If you divide the above estimated number, how many rolls of film would you have? Isn’t that interesting? Not to mention the time needed for development, just to know the result.

  3. Yes Steve, for example on average 4-5 thousand pictures are uploaded to Flickr a minute. The chance that your shots are seen by any number of people is slim. You really need to be original to get attention.
    Shooting digital is revolutionary. You see your pictures immediately, check out the histogram, delete the shots you don’t like and shoot again. You learn on the spot. In addition no more waiting game to get back the developed roll of film next week.

  4. It is interesting, that the price of a roll of film is still quite high. Of course value of antiquities increase with time, but I would not call a roll of film a lasting antiquity.

  5. Actually the price of a roll of film will become higher and higher as less and less will be manufactured. Kodachrome is gone. Hardly any lab developes it anyway. Well, the film and mechanical camera is a dead media just like the vinyl record. Collectors will prize these antiquities.

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