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A few days ago I celebrated my 41st birthday. While I am not sure that I will find the question by the time I turn 42 (sorry... nerd joke), I do feel I have found, or at least have a clear idea of my photography style.
The World Forestry Center is currently hosting a special exhibit of Ansel Adams’ work. For my birthday my husband, two sons, and I headed off to The World Forestry Center to see the work of one of the great 20th century photography masters.
It was a sunny Saturday in the middle of July. The Forestry Center shares a too small parking lot with the Oregon Zoo which we knew would be filled to capacity, so we took the Tri-Met MAX. After a short ride to the deepest below ground train station in North America and a quick ( 25 second) ride on the 26-story high speed elevator to the surface, we went into the World Forestry Center.
It was our first time at the museum. We took our time exploring the first floor exhibits and taking some silly family photos. The Ansel Adams exhibit is in a room covering about half of the second floor.
I did not count, but it seemed like there were about two dozen images on display. Most were original gelatin silver prints. At least one was selenium treated and another a print from a Polaroid 55 P/N negative.
Many of Adams’ most famous works, such as Moonrise and Aspens, were included. I was, of course, familiar with these and many of the other photos (but not all, there were some wonderful surprises) from books and the internet, but I had never experienced them in person before.
The depth and tonal quality of the prints in real life is breath taking. No lesser reproduction can ever do them justice. Adams was truly a maestro at both the composition and performance of his art.
I also fully admit to a bit of a silent fangirl “squee” at seeing Ansel Adams’ pencil signed signature right there on the photo mats a few inches from my eyes. That simple act of hand signing the mat felt like a direct connection through the years to the man and the artist.
In the gift shop they had some high-quality matted reproductions prints for sale. I took one of my favorite Adams photos home, "Georgia O'Keeffe and Orville Cox, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona 1937". It is not one of the photos included in the show, but it is a gorgeous portrait of one of my favorite artists taken by one of my favorite photographers. The grand vista of the sky behind them and the looks on their faces tells such a wonderful story of much they loved where they were and what they were doing.
You can see a pdf catalog of the exhibit HERE.
The ACW Lens Flare Actions set is an awesome non-destructive way to add lens flare to your creatively edited images. The lens flares include both realistic flares and flares that are a bit more fantastical. The lens flare can also be layered with multiple lens flares in one image for custom flares. Each flare layer can be edited using a mask, layer blending mode, and opacity.