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Early Morning, Merced River
Early Morning, Merced River by Ansel Adams


 
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This beautiful black and white photograph is hand made from Ansel Adams' original negative, and available exclusively from the family-owned Ansel Adams Gallery. This is as close to an Ansel Adams original photograph as most people can purchase, and it is spectacular.
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Ansel Adams made this image around 1950 with an aluminum 8" x 10" Kodak camera, a replica of the Kodak wooden flatbed camera that once belonged to the Greenland explorer Louise Boyd.
He'd driven past the spot often, glimpsing it from the corner of his eye. Then one morning moments after the sun rose over Yosemite Valley, he stopped to capture "Early Morning, Merced River " just steps from the highway. In Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs , he recalls making the image:
“This serene subject is only about one hundred feet from the highway; I have passed it hundreds of times, and I retain many 'corner of the eye' memories of it at all times of the year. The shapes, even glimpsed from a moving car, were always beautiful, but the lighting conditions usually were impossible. On this morning I could not resist; a glance was enough to command me to stop, park my car, and carry my equipment to the scene. My eye enjoyed a wonderful impression of light in all areas, but it was a very high contrast subject for the film, and I recognized this problem as I was setting up the camera."
Adams generally declined to describe how he visualized images, believing words failed to convey the qualities of expressive images. However, he did address the sequence of procedures that led to his making the photograph:
"I am sure the image developed in my unconscious mind over time; on the morning the picture was made I recognized the desired image immediately. All the components fell into place in terms of form and value. The mood of the image was established and visualized intuitively.”
"Early Morning, Merced River " appears in Yosemite and the Range of Light (out of print), Yosemite and the High Sierra , and Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs.

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