El Capitan, Winter
El Capitan, Winter 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 before 1950 with an 8" x 10" view camera; the precise date is unknown. The looming darkness of the granite face contrasts dramatically with the brightness of the snow-clad trees on either side of the Merced River . Other photographs of this image have a reversed tonality, dark trees and shadows framing the brighter rock.
On winter days, as the sun warms the frozen face of El Capitan , rocks often shower down from above as the ice holding them in place melts. After the thousand-foot fall explodes the rocks on impact filling the valley with booming echoes .
During his career, he took many images of El Capitan's dramatic face, notably one of his first known photographs taken in 1916 on his first trip to Yosemite . Using a Kodak #1 Box Brownie, he offered an early hint at the visualization that would later become his hallmark, framing the pale granite face with leafy trees in the foreground to downplay the overwhelming size of El Capitan .
After that early photograph, Ansel Adams returned to El Capitan over and again photographing it in every time, season, and light he could. This particular image of El Capitan has not been published.

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5 of 5 Beautifully printed December 17, 2019
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5 of 5 Purchase Experience December 31, 2016
Reviewer: Jay Stoegbauer from Fullerton, CA United States  
The purchase from your gallery was flawless. The packaging insured the safety of the print, The matting and quality of the print is excellent, and the print arrived a day early, even during the holiday season.

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5 of 5 Prints January 6, 2016
Reviewer: Ken Croley from Danville, CA United States  
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