This is the classic and famous Tunnel View immortalized by many great photographers, including Ansel Adams. The panorama displays the flat valley floor bounded by tall cliff walls. On the left is towering mighty El Capitan and on the right Cathedral Rocks guard the entrance. Bridalveil Fall is underneath Cathedral Rocks. Beyond in the distance you see the iconic Half Dome. Felt pretty fortunate to be able to include those imposing cloud formations in the composition.
“But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow life…as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures…”
“There is nothing more useless than a sharp photograph of a fuzzy concept.”
“Chance favors the prepared mind.”
Good composition or technical prowess don’t imply fine art. Photography might reach the realm of art through abstraction. Abstraction means images in which the inherent qualities of the subject matter are separate from the physical object. The photographer looking for artistry sees possibilities that others tend to miss. Furthermore, what is art?
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?
Welcome to my blog!
First of all, thank you very much for visiting my blog. The reason I started this blog is to connect to people out there sharing similar or not so similar views. To be more specific I would like to exchange ideas with you about philosophy and photography. By the way, all the photographs in this blog are created by me.
Let me tell you couple of words about me. Philosophy and especially aphorism is one of my passions. My favorite form of philosophy is a short, well written, penetrating observation about human nature I can connect with based on my personal life experience. You may call it an aphorism or quote. It is a pithy, proverb-like generalization about human conduct. An aphorism combines clarity and truth with the minimum of words arranged in the most memorable order. My favorite philosophers are La Rochefoucauld, Chamfort, Chateaubriand, Stendhal, Rivarol and Mark Twain among others.
My other passion is photography. Being a visual type of person, I love to take photographs about things, persons, events around me striking an inner chord within me. I spend hours at a time studying pictures of Henry Cartier-Bresson, Andre Kertesz, Ansel Adams and others. Analysing a great photo teaches me valuable lessons. “Less is more” is my guiding principle meaning I try to leave out any elements of the picture not supporting the main subject.
Certainly connecting a quote to a picture is challenging. You might be my judge. Let us start a dialog! Let me hear from you! This blog is evolving as my thoughts are so visit my site frequently if you like it.
Warm regards and best wishes,