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The Unique Opportunity

The Ansel Adams Gallery is thrilled to offer its collectors, friends and fellow art lovers, a chance to participate in a unique opportunity. From time to time on our website, we will be featuring a never-before-printed, hand-made image from one of our distinguished Gallery artists at a discounted price, prior to its availability within the general market place.

This month, we have arranged to present two images from Keith S. Walklet: “Fire and Water” & “Backlit Cascade, Tuolumne River.” Both images will be available in the size 16”x20" and in a limited edition. While Keith's original prints in this size normally cost $400, you can now add one to your private collection for 25% off the initial retail price. Each photograph is printed by Mr. Walklet in his studio to current archival standards, and is signed, numbered, mounted, matted and ready for framing. The time to purchase will begin at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Monday, May 18th, and will expire upon the close of business, Sunday, May 24th at 6:00 PM. Once the offer has expired, we anticipate an order fulfillment time of approximately four to five weeks to ensure the quality of each individual order. This inaugural printing offer is available for a very limited time, after which, the print will return to full price.

Email our curator, Evan Russel, at evan@anseladams.com if you have any additional questions about the prints or shipping.

The Unique Offer Images

Two From Tuolumne:

For this Unique Print Offer, I have selected a pair of images from the Tuolumne River. Both of these images were made on extended “First Light” backcountry expeditions with my good friends and fellow photographers Charles Cramer, Karl Kroeber, Scot Miller and Mike Osborne. The good company, unhurried pace and lengthy immersion in the wilderness that the expeditions provide are a wonderful recipe for creativity.

The two images share some common characteristics, but, I selected them as much for their contrasts as their similarities. “Backlit Cascade, Tuolumne River” is a classic view of the Yosemite backcountry captured in 2011. A broad, literal portrait of the area, it celebrates the energy and delicate beauty that to me, define the Tuolumne River.

The second image, a detail of the convoluted surface of the river, was captured last year, and is far less about the location, and more about the special conditions which provided the wild color and surprising shapes.

Backlit Cascade, Tuolumne River, 2011

I had hiked for a couple of hours in the brightening dawn to arrive at this spot before any direct light was falling on any of the elements. I was rewarded for my efforts with two hours to explore the photographic possibilities before this moment arrived. It was literally a moment, as the sun rose over the ridge and the angle of its light matched that of the granite slope, backlighting the hurtling water.

The extra time that preceded the light show was an opportunity to work with the lower dynamic range of open shade, which is much easier to record than when there is a mix of direct and indirect light. Though I had a target shutter speed in mind, I played with alternatives to see how they were rendered.

The extra time was also an opportunity to just enjoy the beauty of the hypnotic water without the camera, calming my inner self and opening me up to creative possibilities. As the day brightened and the trees of the distant ridge were illuminated, I set up for the image I was there to capture.

Success with moving elements can be elusive. The pulses of water, though continual, do not occur at regular intervals, nor do they hold the exact same shape and location. So there is a bit of planning and a bit of luck.

One by one, elements lit up. Once the light illuminated the closest rooster tail of water, the section of rock behind it remained in shadow for less than a minute before I lost the contrast that was essential to the scene. In that minute, I was able to capture just three frames of the pulsing water with the “personality” I hoped for. At ¼ of a second, the highlights of the backlit water were stretched into silver, hair-like strands. This was my favorite of the three

Fire and Water, 2014

This image was a fortunate juxtaposition of circumstances. After a week in the wilderness, our group was en route to a new campsite, having broken camp after our dawn photographic session. The packers had arrived and loaded our gear onto mules while we set off cross-country to get there ahead of them.

Even though our trips are usually in late September, midday light typically does not offer many photographic opportunities, so the decision whether or not to carry one’s photographic equipment or leave it for the packers to transport is a personal one. It seems that I never seem to be able to hike without my gear, fearing that somehow, there will be something I would miss out on capturing. Truthfully, this has rarely been the case, as I can probably count on one hand the meaningful images I’ve made while en route midday from one camp to another.

This day was different.

It was a windy day and the route was difficult. If one had asked me whether I was happy to be carrying my equipment 45 minutes earlier, I would have probably cursed in reply. But, on this day, the Meadow Complex Fire started on the slopes below Half Dome. Our group could see the mushroom cloud of smoke rise above the canyon wall of the Tuolumne as we hiked, and collectively we were wondering what was burning.

The cloud of smoke rose in a towering plume, expanded, and then obscured the sun. Ash rained on us and the light took on a copper hue. Suddenly, I was very happy to be carrying my full photographic pack. The glacially-polished cliffs of the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne reflected the orange light like mirrors and the river looked more like lava than water.

At this spot, the turbulent water of a cascade spread out into a quieter section of river creating a visual contrast of flowing water with that of the irregular shapes of the surface of the river reflecting the copper sky. At first I worked with the just the undulating copper surface with faster shutter speeds to freeze the shapes that occur in fractions of a second. Then I shifted to the relationship between the cascade and specular highlights, using a slower shutter speed to extend the point light sources into lines--white feathery lines for the cascade, copper scribbles for the specular highlights. As I captured this image, I was thinking about the relationship between fire and water, the colors present and the similarity of the shapes of the cascade with those of flame.

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Backlit Cascade, Tuolumne River, 2011 Fire and Water, 2014
Price: $400.00
Price: $400.00
Backlit Cascade, Tuolumne River, 2011 by Keith S. Walklet Fire and Water, 2014 by Keith S. Walklet
Original fine art photograph signed and numbered by Keith S. Walklet Original fine art photograph signed and numbered by Keith S. Walklet