Yosemite Waterfall Set
Hand-crafted gelatin silver photographs from Ansel’s original negatives
Ansel Adams Signature embossed logo
Image Size: Approximately 8x10 inches
Expertly mounted and matted to 14x17 inches with professional framing available
Sets priced from $1,125 to $2400
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Yosemite Waterfall Photography SET
Ansel Adams Exclusive Sets are a new way to appreciate and acknowledge Ansel’s legacy. The Yosemite Waterfall Set includes three Yosemite Special Edition Photographs created from Ansel's original negatives. Each group of images possesses an incredible theme and three distinct photographs that were captured through Ansel's lens.
Collect each set and enhance your home, workspace, or art collection, with a new set of iconic images captured by Ansel Adams (the greatest photographer in American history). Each Ansel image holds a story directly from his legacy, and now you can own a set of three astonishing Ansel Images.
Of all the American landscapes that Ansel Adams immortalized through his images, Yosemite was the most deeply personal. In Yosemite he discovered his spiritual home and built his family. He first visited the Park in 1916 and he returned every year thereafter, meeting his wife there and then raising his family within Yosemite's splendor. Ansel hoped his images would inspire park visitors to become activists for Yosemite's preservation, instilled with a deeper connection to the natural world and desire to protect it. With that as his main goal, Ansel conceived this series of Yosemite Special Edition Photographs in the late 1950s. With images of Half Dome, Lake Tenaya, Merced River and more, he invited everyone to be of part of his 'art as activism" by pricing the prints at an affordable cost. We honor that intention today, offering these stunning silver prints to all who wish to express their love for Yosemite and desire to protect it as a natural wonder.
Today, with America’s wild spaces increasingly under threat, Ansel’s vision for the Special Edition Photographs remains as relevant as ever.
Yosemite Special Edition Photographs are the closest photographic reproductions to Ansel’s original masterpieces, painstakingly handcrafted from his negatives by former assistant Alan Ross. Alan Ross worked under Ansel’s direct observation from 1975 until 1984, and has been producing the series in accordance to Ansel's instructions ever since. Each silver photograph shimmers with brilliance, with richly perfected black and white tones. From a selection of 29 stunning images of Yosemite, each photograph is printed in 8x10 inches and authorized by the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. With professional framing available, this collection ranges in price from $1125 (mounted and matted) to $2400 (framed).
We invite you to stand with Ansel in his commitment to honoring and cherishing the unparalleled beauty of Yosemite by showcasing an Ansel Adams Yosemite Special Edition Photograph. As an owner of a Special Edition Photograph, you too can share Ansel's vision, inspiring others to preserve and protect Yosemite for years to come.
About the Images
Ansel Adams made this image with a 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" Korona view camera and a glass plate negative around 1927. The image captures Yosemite 's majestic Bridalveil Fall, including the curling mist that inspired its Native American name pohono , meaning “puff of wind.” The fall looms large in family lore: in 1901, Harry and Anne Best, the parents of Ansel's wife Virginia, were married at its base. "Bridalveil Fall" is emblematic of the images Adams made during the late 1920s, a critical development period in his career.
During this time, he asserted control of the photographic process by accentuating and minimizing different aspects of his images, a process he called visualization. Adams discussed visualization in "Modern Photography 1934-35: The Studio Annual of Camera Art," writing that before exposing the negative, "The photographer visualizes his conception of the subject as present in the final print."
His friend Francis Farquhar described Adams ' brilliance at visualization in a 1931 article for Touring Topics: "It is the artist's genius which enables him to perceive at once the arrangement of masses, the flow of lines, and the texture of surfaces in the object of vision, whether it be a mountain, a landscape, a building, a cloud, a tree, a human form or face, or anything whatsoever." Adams emerged from the 1920s with a new vision of his role as an artist and abandoned his ambition to become a concert pianist.
"Bridalveil Fall" appeared in Sierra Nevada: the John Muir Trail , Yosemite and the Range of Light , (out of print), Yosemite and the High Sierra , Yosemite , and "Classic Images," the book based on the Museum Set, a retrospective portfolio of what Adams considered his strongest work.
Ansel Adams made this image around 1947 with an 8" x 10" view camera after a long walk to the site and waiting many hours for the rainbow to appear in the foreground. Waiting around? Examples is much more colorful than waiting around. Despite the lengthy time to consider his set up, Adams didn't capture it exactly as he wanted, as he writes in Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs : "I missed on one small detail which ruffled; the right-hand tree of the two little cedars near the center of the image meets a branch from a nearby tree. I should have lowered the camera at least a foot to avoid this merger." While composing the image, Adams struggled to keep the camera dry in the mist. He recalled that "the sound and fury of the waterfall, the clean air, and driving mist were unforgettable." Later in answer to critics questioning the artistic merit of the photograph, he responded: "Some urban aesthetes claim this photograph is just a bit of scenery and is certainly not art. May they and their opinions rest in peace! I think it is a choice bit of Chaos organized into some kind of expressive Order. I do not desire to impose a definition of creativity on anyone." "Nevada Fall, Rainbow" appeared in "Portfolio III, Yosemite Valley ", published by the Sierra Club in 1960. It also appears in the Portfolios of Ansel Adams, Yosemite and the Range of Light (out of print), Yosemite and the High Sierra, Yosemite, Ansel Adams Monograph (out of print), Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs and Classic Images, the book based on the Museum Set Collection, a retrospective portfolio of what Adams considered his strongest work.
Ansel Adams made this image around 1948 with a 4" x 5" view camera. The hike up the Mist Trail to Vernal Fall is short, accessible, and heavily trafficked. John Muir, in his book "The Yosemite," described the fall: "The Vernal, about a mile below the Nevada, is 400 feet high, a staid, orderly, graceful, easy-going fall, proper and exact in every movement and gesture …it is a favorite with most visitors, doubtless because it is more accessible than any other, more closely approached and better seen and heard. A good stairway ascends the cliff beside it and the level plateau at the head enables one to saunter safely along the edge of the river as it comes from Emerald Pool and to watch its waters, calmly bending over the brow of the precipice, in a sheet eighty feet wide, changing in color from green to purplish gray and white until dashed on a boulder talus." The Mist Trail is notoriously wet -- standing in the rain can be drier. Adams would have faced challenges keeping his equipment dry while capturing this familiar icon of Yosemite . "Vernal Fall" appeared "Portfolio IV, What Majestic Word," published by the Sierra Club in 1963 and Classic Images, the book based on the Museum Set Collection, a retrospective portfolio of what Adams considered his strongest work. It has also been published in Yosemite and the Range of Light (out of print), Yosemite , and the Portfolios of Ansel Adams.
Yosemite Special Edition Photograph Framing Details
Frame your Special Edition Photograph and receive it ready to hang and designed to stand the test of time. Our Gallery makes framing easy, offering competitive prices, speed and convenience. Every frame is professionally built by our team of expert craftspeople using the highest-quality materials (wood or metal moulding, acid-free mats and foam core, and optional acrylic with 99% UV protection). Our turnaround time is fast—usually 2-3 business days to create your piece— and then we ship your finished work of art to your door.
Standard vs Museum Acrylic
Premium Gray Welded Frame
Standard vs Museum Acrylic
We use Tru-Vue Picture Framing Acrylic (plexiglass) on all of our prints. Acrylic is strong, shatter-resistant and abrasion-resistant. When shipping your artwork, acrylic vastly safer than glass.
Our Standard Acrylic is Tru-Vue Premium Clear Acrylic. This is high-quality framing-grade clear acrylic that provides safety and security from injury and breakage. This acrylic blocks 66% of UV rays.
Our Museum Acrylic is Tru-Vue Optium Museum Acrylic®. This is virtually invisible, yet provides the ultimate protection for your artwork. It is the highest-quality acrylic available and is used by the world’s most renowned museums. This acrylic provides 99% UV protection. Is anti-reflective, abrasion and shatter-resistant.
Premium Gray Welded Frame (formerly known as “Custom Gray Frame”)
Made exclusively for our gallery. This closed-corner welded aluminum frame is custom-made for The Ansel Adams Gallery in Ansel’s Zone VII gray. This is our preferred frame for Yosemite Special Edition Photographs. This frame features a ⅜” face and is painted to be a flat gray zone VII finish.
Our wood frames are premium quality solid wood, contemporary style frames with a flat face. Offered in White and Black Colors
For Yosemite Special Edition Photographs is ⅞” face moulding
Standard Metal Frames
Our metal frames are Nielsen with a ⅜” face . Sleek, clean, contemporary frames available in German Silver and Matte Black colors.