Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Just a Couple of Spots Left in the Upcoming Digital Printing & the Zone System and Winter Light II Workshops

With recent cold storms blanketing the park with snow, Yosemite is oh so beautiful!

Winter is a great time to visit the park, and the New Year is the perfect opportunity to focus on learning new photography skills. We have a couple of spaces left in the Digital Printing and the Zone System workshop with Michael Frye and the Winter Light II field workshop with Keith Walklet.

Don't delay!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

May Your Christmas be Merry and Bright!


Happy Holidays from all of us at
The Ansel Adams Gallery.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Two New B&W Digital Printmaking Workshops for 2010















We are pleased to announce two new black-and-white digital printing workshops next year in June and September with Rich Seiling, President of West Coast Imaging. Black-and-white photography provides a deeply expressive means for personal communication. Using the vocabulary of tone, density, contrast, boldness, and subtlety to render light and physical subjects onto a print, black and white provides photographers with a language that is unique to this medium.

This workshop is designed to unlock your potential to express yourself through black-and-white prints made with digital tools. For more information, please visit our website.

Before starting his own business, Rich was a fine print curator and staff photographer for The Gallery. He founded West Coast Imaging in 1997 and turned this into one of the premier fine-art digital printing studios in the country. Rich is an outstanding photographer in his own right and an excellent teacher. You can view some video tutorials on his blog to see some examples of his teaching style.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Digital Printing Workshop with Michael Frye - Making the Complexities Easy to Understand



Digital Printing and the Zone System
January 19-23, 2010
(Yosemite National Park)














From Michael Frye's blog....

"Do you have a love-hate relationship with Photoshop? You’re not alone. One the one hand, it’s an incredibly powerful tool, capable of doing fantastic things. You know that if you mastered this program you could get the most out of your images and make beautiful prints. On the other hand, Photoshop can be cryptic, complex, and confusing. The learning curve can seem downright crooked.


"I was lucky. When I first started using Photoshop in the late ‘90s, I got to spend a weekend with Bill Atkinson, who probably knew more about digital imaging than anyone else in the world at the time (maybe he still does). He started me in the right direction and helped me avoid the confusion caused by gathering random bits of information from books and the internet. Like Charlie Cramer, Keith Walklet, and many other fine-art photographers Bill taught, I still use a variation of the simple, powerful, and flexible workflow that Bill showed me.


"I’ve since taught Photoshop (and now Lightroom) skills to dozens of people in workshops for West Coast Imaging and The Ansel Adams Gallery. I try to make the complexities of Photoshop easy to understand. The truth is that Photoshop is simple. Anyone can learn to use it. And if you’re already familiar with it, you can learn to harness its full power. The secret is that you don’t have to deal with most of the tools. If you learn to use a few powerful tools well, you can do almost anything in Photoshop.


"My next workshop with The Ansel Adams Gallery, Digital Printing and the Zone System (January 19 - 23, 2010) is designed for people who already have some Photoshop experience but want to master this powerful beast. You'll learn both simple and advanced techniques for getting the most out of your images and making beautiful, fine-art prints. I included the Zone System in the title because getting good exposures in the field is vital to getting good results in Photoshop, so we’ll be working with the entire process, from capture to print. The Zone System also gives us a framework for understanding contrast throughout the workflow—an important tool in this age of HDR. Here’s a partial list of the topics covered:


- Zone System Exposure for Digital Cameras
- Color Management
- Overall workflow
- Raw Image Processing
- Making a Master File
- Using Layers for Flexibility
- Controlling Contrast
- Mastering Curves
- Flexible Dodging and Burning
- Retouching
- Making Difficult Selections Easy
- Converting to Black and White
- Sharpening
- Combining Images for Greater Depth of Field
- Combining Images to Expand Dynamic Range, both with HDR and Photoshop"


There’s still space available in the class if you’d like to join us. Click here to register or get more information.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!


Four to five inches of snow have fallen in Yosemite Valley and more is on the way. National Weather Service predicts a total accumulation of 7-11" of new snow in Yosemite Valley by 4:00 pm this afternoon. More in the higher elevations.

Badger Pass Ski Area is scheduled to open December 18, and the skiing should be great!

Happy Winter!

Above photograph of Sentinel Rock by Charles Cramer

Monday, November 30, 2009

Moon and Half Dome Revisited






















Visitors and residents alike gathered in the Ahwahnee Meadow to watch the gibbous moonrise last Saturday afternoon at 4:04 pm. Just as the correct time for viewing the Moon and Half Dome encore of Ansel's famous photo made in December 1960 was approaching, blustery winds from the east blew snow showers across in front of Half Dome blocking the view of the moon. Staff Photographers Evan Russel and Gabe Mange took matters into their own hands after Evan found a yellow golf ball in the meadow. Encore complete!

Visit our newly created Moon and Half Dome Flickr Group or check out our Facebook fan site for more creative images made that evening.

Michael Frye also has a nice blog entry on the evening as well.

Enjoy!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Moon and Half Dome Celestial Encore Tonight!

Here is a look at Ansel's original contact sheet from the 120 roll film he used in 1960. Notice how his attention wanders a couple of times and that he used more than one lens.

Weather Alert- Chance of rain and snow this morning in Yosemite Valley, but it appears it will clear this afternoon for the Moon and Half Dome celestial encore. Follow our weather link for more information.

Can't make it up to Yosemite for the encore? Tune in to the Yosemite Association's live Yosemite Web Cam views at 4:04 pm PST.

Special Notice- Black Friday Online Sale will be extended through the weekend! Save 15% on Ansel Adams merchandise (excluding original photography and photography education).

Our biggest and last sale of the year. Don't miss this one!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Michael Adams on the Making of Moon and Half Dome



















Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite, California, 1960


Michael Adams recently recalled the events surrounding the making of Moon and Half Dome by his father in 1960:


Ansel claimed that he had always been moonstruck and had many moons in pictures. This photograph was taken in December of 1960 when in Yosemite to direct the Bracebridge Dinner. It was a cold afternoon with snow on the ground. Ansel was using his Hasselblad camera on a tripod and took a number of photographs using different lenses. The contact prints of the image reveal a number of similar photographs that look wonderful. In 1962 when Jeanne and I married, Ansel offered this image to use as our wedding announcement. Jeanne feels that Ansel took his most exciting images when emotionally engaged and comments: “This was taken my first Christmas with the Adams family and Ansel was particularly happy for Michael and the family.”

It has turned out to be one of Ansel’s most popular and sought after photographs. Ansel stated: “I have photographed Half Dome innumerable times, but it is never the same Half Dome, never the same light or the same mood. I am told by mountaineers that the three most distinctive mountain shapes in the world are the Mustagh Tower in the Karakorams, the Matterhorn in the Alps, and Half Dome in Yosemite. Half Dome is a great mountain with endless variations of lighting and sky situations and seasonal characteristics; the many images I have made reflect my varied creative responses to this remarkable granite monolith.”

A reminder: An"encore" of Ansel's much-loved photograph of the Moon and Half Dome will take place in the afternoon on Saturday, November 28 at 4:04 pm. Special programs led by our staff photographers begin at 12:30 p.m. For more information or to register, please go to our website.

Moon and Half Dome is available as a poster and as a matted reproduction. It is also available as a beautiful Special Edition Photograph. Ansel Adams former assistant, Alan Ross has been printing the Special Edition Photographs to Ansel's exact specifications for over 30 years.

This month, Alan presents his own elegant black-and-white photographs in our current exhibit, Visions of Yosemite and the West, on display in Yosemite through January 3, 2010. The Gallery will host a reception for Alan following the the Moon and Half Dome programs on Saturday, November 28 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.

To commemorate the encore, Alan Ross will sign and date the back of a limited number of Moon and Half Dome Special Edition Photographs. The prints will be available during the Thanksgiving weekend only to celebrate the encore and will not be made available again in the future. Select from three metal frame colors; german silver, contrast gray, and matte black. An acid-free seal in the cut-out window of the backing protects the print and allows the identifying stamp, signature, and date to be visible. Call the Gallery at 888-361-7622 to reserve yours.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!












As we celebrate this holiday and count our blessings, we are most thankful for you!

May you enjoy the peace and comfort of friends and family today and every day.

Our best wishes,
The Ansel Adams Gallery

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Two Workshops Added To The Schedule














Digital Printing and the Zone System
With Michael Frye

January 19-23, 2010
(Yosemite National Park)
When Ansel Adams developed the Zone System with Fred Archer in 1940, he gave photographers a great tool for controlling their images - but only with black-and-white film, and only with view cameras, where sheets of film could be processed individually. Today any photographer with a digital camera can have even more control, in black and white or color.his workshop will explore the techniques for making great digital prints. You'll learn how to use the Zone System in the field with digital cameras, and how to apply sophisticated processing to images in Photoshop.


Winter Light II
With Keith Walklet


February 17-22, 2010 (Yosemite National Park) *Newly Added*
While each season offers its own special qualities, winter conditions add even more beauty to an already spectacular landscape. Using a combination of field and classroom time, Keith Walklet will cover topics including composition, lighting, exposure and more while leading the workshop group through Yosemite Valley to capture the winter landscape.
Contrasted with the cool hues of frost and snow, the fiery light of February is unforgettable. Veteran Yosemite photographers know that winter conditions add even more beauty to an already spectacular landscape. This workshop was scheduled specifically to take advantage of these conditions and the potential to capture one of the park's most elusive images; Horsetail Fall backlit by the setting sun.

Heated cabins with baths at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley have been set aside for both workshops. Once you register for the workshop online you will receive more information on acquiring accommodations. For more information visit our website, or contact us at workshops@anseladams.com.

Monday, November 16, 2009

One-Day Workshop with Mike Osborne Update!


Rooms still available at the river-front Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal for $51.00. The Yosemite View Lodge is located just outside Yosemite National Park on Highway 140. The workshop meets in the motel lobby at 7:00 am. Register today!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Still Time to Sign-up For One-Day Workshop With Mike Osborne This Coming Saturday, November 21


Don't miss out! The River NoBody Knows One-Day Workshop with Mike Osborne will take you to wonderful locations on the lower Merced River you never knew existed. Mike is a wonderful instructor. Join him as he shares his love of photography and knowledge of the prime river locations.

Yosemite National Park is composed almost exclusively of granite, and who could dispute the marvelous terrain that rock has produced? But granite is basically various shades of gray. In contrast, large stretches of the Merced River downstream from the park are carved out of much older metamorphic rock. Not only is this rock often layered and contorted, it also comes in fantastic shades of blue, red and orange. It provides some truly wonderful compositions in conjunction with autumn reflections in the river and is all the more remarkable in contrast with all the gray rock upstream.

This is guaranteed to be a day you will not soon forget. Visit our website for more information or call us at 888-361-7622.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Signed Commemorative Photograph Available at the Yosemite Gallery Thanksgiving Weekend



























To commemorate the Moon and Half Dome encore on November 28 at 4:04 pm, Alan Ross will sign and date the back of a limited number of Moon and Half Dome Special Edition Photographs. If you are planning to be in the park on November 28, and have signed-up for our special In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams-Moon and Half Dome photography class, we invite you to reserve one of these prints to memorialize the occasion. The prints will be available during the Thanksgiving weekend only to celebrate the encore and will not be made available again in the future. Select from three metal frame colors; german silver, contrast gray, and matte black. An acid-free seal in the cut-out window of the backing protects the print and allows the identifying stamp, signature, and date to be visible.


We are reserving the Moon and Half Dome prints with Alan Ross’ signature on the back for Yosemite visitors taking part on our classes that weekend. Any prints not sold to class participants during the encore programs will be available for sale only at the Gallery. Please call: 888-361-7622 or email us at sales@anseladams.com for more information, and to register for the class and reserve your print for pick-up at the Gallery. This commemorative photograph will not be available online.


Alan’s new exhibit at the Gallery entitled Yosemite and the American West opens November 17. We invite you to join us for a reception for the artist following the Moon and Half Dome encore, from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at The Ansel Adams Gallery. Refreshments will be served.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Upcoming New Exbibit in Yosemite- Reception for Alan Ross

A new exhibit entitled Visions of Yosemite and the West featuring the black and white silver gelatin photographs of Alan Ross opens November 17th.

After his 1971 graduation from the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in Design/Photography, Alan Ross began his illustrious career in photography serving as assistant in the M. Halberstadt studio in San Francisco. As an apprentice there he practiced black-and-white and color illustration photography, general studio, and darkroom techniques. After three years of studio work, he started freelancing as a commercial photographer until joining Ansel Adams in Carmel as his photographic assistant from 1974-79.

Alan regards himself as a classicist with regard to his photographic approach, but not a purist. His work in the last twenty-five years has been mostly with an 8×10 view camera, but he has no philosophical objection to digital photography or “point-and-shoot” cameras. Alan's beautiful images of Yosemite the American West will be on display at the Gallery in Yosemite until January 3, 2010.

The Gallery in Yosemite will host a reception for Alan following the the Moon and Half Dome programs on Saturday, November 28 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.

A reminder: An"encore" of Ansel's much-loved photograph of the Moon and Half Dome, originally made in December 1960, will take place in the afternoon on Saturday, November 28 at 4:04 pm. Special programs led by our staff photographers begin at 12:30 p.m. For more information or to register, please go to our website.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Moon and Half Dome "Encore" November 28, 2009 at 4:04 p.m. PST



















On November 28th a celestial "encore" of Moon and Half Dome will appear in the sky east of the Ahwahnee Meadow in Yosemite National Park. The moon will be a fraction of a degree north of where it was on December 28th, 1960, when Ansel made this photograph.


Texas State University astronomer Donald W. Olson and his team have studied Ansel's famous moon photographs and worked out the exact dates the negatives were made. To do this they had to find the precise location of his camera to calculate the position of the moon and sun.

In honor of this event, our weekly photography class
In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams will present a special program focused on the making and printing of Ansel's famous image of Moon and Half Dome on Saturday November 28th, starting at 12:30 p.m. The fee is $95.00 and includes our logo camera strap. Please see our website for more information, or call us at 209-372-4413.


Following the program join us for a reception at the Gallery. our curators, staff photographers, and invited special guests will be present to talk about Ansel's technique and vision.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sign-up for November Workshops


November is a great time to be in Yosemite Valley. The Park is much quieter than in summer, and the fall color is inspiring! Not to mention the weather is perfect for enjoying a workshop.

Platinum/Palladium and Gum Bichromate Workshop

November 12-15, 2009 (Yosemite National Park)

Platinum/palladium and gum bichromate are two of the most venerable of the alternative processes. Used alone they are each capable of creating beautiful, evocative images. When used in combination they become a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. Combining the two processes provides a palette with which truly unique prints can be made. Whether you have some experience in either or both of these processes or if you have never before made a hand-made print, this workshop is for you.

The Mirror Image

November 10, 2009 (Yosemite National Park)

The Mirror Image will focus on photographing the Merced River, the heart and soul of Yosemite Valley. Water is perhaps the most colorful and dynamic of all photographic subjects. And nowhere is it more spectacular than when reflecting the autumn splendor of Yosemite Valley. Participants will explore the creative choices involved in making water and reflection photographs.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Beautiful New Ansel Adams Book!

















We are often asked if Ansel Adams made color photographs. Yes, he did, and they are beautiful!

From the book, Ansel Adams in Color:

"Ansel Adams has long been revered as America's greatest landscape photographer. His luminous black-and-white images showcase gorgeous subtleties of light and shadow and have become icons of the American West. But Adams also photographed in color, beginning soon after Kodachrome film was invented in the mid-1930s. In addition to commercial assignment work, he did creative photography in color, and his distinctive visualization of a scene and technical mastery are immediately evident in the beautiful images in this volume.

"Overall, Adams made nearly 3,500 color photographs, but only a small fraction has ever been published. This newly revised and expanded edition of Ansel Adams in Color includes twenty previously unpublished photographs from the Adams archive. New scanning and printing techniques mean that Ansel Adams in Color now offers a more faithful representation of Adams' color photography than was possible before."

A beautiful book attractively priced at $35.00




Friday, October 23, 2009

Signed Copies of First Light are Available Again

We have copies of First Light: Five Photographers Explore Yosemite's Wilderness signed by all the photographers!

Reserve a copy for yourself, or for holiday giving.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

We Want to See Your Photographs!

Enter Our National Park Photography Contest

Many of you have already entered your photographic masterpieces taken at a U.S. National Park, Landmark, or Monument. We are enjoying seeing all the nice work!

For those of you who have not yet entered your favorite images, you still have time. You can submit up to three images
per participant. Entries must be received by November 15, 2009. See our website for all the details. Prizes will be awarded based on jury decision. Our jurors include: Gallery owners- Jeanne and Sarah Adams, photographer and former assistant to Ansel Adams-Alan Ross, master digital photographer and printer- Charles Cramer, and our Gallery curator- Glenn Crosby.

The above black and white image of Mt. Watkins and Mirror Lake is by Bob Kolbrener from our current exhibit, Bob Kolbrener and Ansel Adams, 90 Years in the American West. Bob will be present in Yosemite on Saturday, October 24 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for a special artist's reception. We hope to see you there.

Click here for the latest update on fall color from Gallery photographer and instructor, Michael Frye. Michael reports the beautiful big leaf maples in Yosemite Valley are at their peak!


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Reception In Yosemite for Bob Kolbrener This Coming Saturday

90 Years in the American West(on display in the Yosemite Gallery through November 16) is a traveling exhibition of select photographs from two masters of the Great American West, Ansel Adams and Bob Kolbrener. The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite is the last stop on this national touring exhibition of over 25 vintage and modern prints, all printed in the traditional darkroom.

Bob Kolbrener spends over three months each year in the Great American West focusing his camera on the changing landscape, and the balance of his time printing beautiful works as limited edition gelatin silver prints. "I have always responded to the grand, ephemeral gestures of Nature. When there is a lightning, fog or winter storm, I am alive with emotion. Through the teachings and inspiration of Ansel Adams I have been able to direct this energy to the making of exciting photographs."

The photographs in the exhibit compare and contrast the work of two visionary masters, as well as their love and respect for Yosemite and surrounding areas.

Bob Kolbrener will be present for an artist's reception October 24, from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

November One Day Workshops with Mike Osborne



Mike Osborne has photographed nature for more than thirty-five years. Recently retired after thirty years as a ranger in Yosemite, he knows the park intimately. His images have been used in promotional programs supporting The Yosemite Fund and the Yosemite Association. He is the author/photographer of Granite, Water and Light, an interpretive and photographic tribute to the waterfalls of Yosemite Valley. Mike also collaborated with four other photographers in a five year exploration of Yosemite's Backcountry resulting in a beautiful new book, First Light: Five Photographers Explore Yosemite's Wilderness released this past summer.

Mike's enthusiasm for the photography and Yosemite, as well as his in-depth knowledge of the best places to photograph along the Merced River are unparalleled. We guarantee you will enjoy your day with Mike, and come away from the workshop with new skills and an appreciation for Yosemite's ever-changing landscape.

The Mirror Image

November 10, 2009 (Yosemite National Park)

The Mirror Image will focus on photographing the Merced River, the heart and soul of Yosemite Valley. Water is perhaps the most colorful and dynamic of all photographic subjects. And nowhere is it more spectacular than when reflecting the autumn splendor of Yosemite Valley. Participants will explore the creative choices involved in making water and reflection photographs.

The River Nobody Knows

November 21, 2009 (Yosemite National Park)

How many times have you driven to Yosemite on Highway 140 and been in such a rush to get to the park that you've given only a passing glance to the 15 miles of the Wild & Scenic Merced River below the park boundary? The River Nobody Knows workshop offers you the opportunity to correct that oversight.

Tuition for the workshops is $185.00

Our website has more information on all our upcoming workshops.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Two More Workshops Added For 2010

Digital Printing and the Zone System

January 19-23, 2010
(Yosemite National Park)

When Ansel Adams developed the Zone System with Fred Archer in 1940, he gave photographers a great tool for controlling their images - but only with black-and-white film, and only with view cameras, where sheets of film could be processed individually. Today any photographer with a digital camera can have even more control, in black and white or color.

Hidden Yosemite

July 7 - 11, 2010
(Mono Lake and Yosemite National Park)

Yosemite is as famous for its crowds as its scenery. And sometimes it seems that every visitor is a photographer, and every viewpoint is filled with tripod holes. But just beyond the pavement, crowds, and over-photographed vistas lies a beautiful world that few photographers reach.

Registration now open for all the 2010 Photography Workshops. See our web site for details.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Four New Archival Replica Images to be Released Next Week!

Just in time for holiday shopping we're releasing four new Archival Replica images.

The Archival Replicas are very high quality reproductions of Ansel Adams images, available in multiple sizes, made using the most advanced digital technologies today. Each one is individually produced and inspected, assembled with the best materials, and designed to provide the most elegant presentation possible. Available exclusively from The Ansel Adams Gallery.

For more information please visit our web site, or call 888-361-7622

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Great Turn Out in Yosemite For Alan Ross


Tonight Alan Ross gave an abbreviated version of his wonderful powerpoint presentation on Ansel Adams. He shared many stories about working Ansel as his darkroom assistant from 1974 to 1979.

It was also a beautiful day today in Yosemite. After heavy rains and snow in the highest elevations, the sun broke through to reveal a roaring waterfalls falls and a swollen Merced River! The fall color is just beginning it's seasonal change on the Valley floor. It is a great time to visit Yosemite.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Yosemite Renaissance Celebrates It's 25th Anniversary


Bruce Klein, Pink Sky, acrylic, 22x28

The Yosemite Renaissance annual juried competition and exhibition, which is intended to encourage diverse artistic interpretations of Yosemite, celebrates it's 25th season! Its goals are to bring together the works of serious contemporary artists that do not simply duplicate traditional representations; to establish a continuum with past generations of Yosemite artists; and to help re-establish visual art as a major interpretive medium of the landscape and a stimulus to the protection of the environment. Historically, the arts have played a very important role in the establishment of our State and National Parks. Through art programs and competitions such as this, it is the hope that the arts can be just as important in future efforts to preserve and protect that heritage.

The Yosemite Renaissance XXV competition is open to all living artists. Subject matter is limited to recent works on the landscape, environment, wildlife and people of Yosemite or the environment of the Sierra. Both representational and non-representational submissions are accepted. Original artwork may be in any medium including the following: Painting (any medium); Photography/Digital; and Other (All other two- and three-dimensional media, including drawings, pastels, printmaking, textiles, and all 3-dimensional works)

At least $4,000 in cash awards will be distributed at the discretion of the judges. Purchase awards may be given as well.

A special award of $300 will be given to the best piece inspired by Hetch Hetchy that the jurors select to be included in the exhibit.

Deadline for submissions is November 14, 2009. Please visit the Yosemite Renaissance website for more information.

The Yosemite Renaissance is a non-profit organization for the arts of Yosemite, supported, in part, by funds and services from the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, the National Park Service and the Ansel Adams Gallery.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Rotary Club of Yosemite will a host a Wine Tasting and Art Auction at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite


The festivities begin at 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 17. Tickets are $15 at the door. Includes commemorative glass and appetizers. All proceeds benefit Rotary Club of Yosemite National Park Scholarships.

This is the social event on the season! Come enjoy a great selection of local wines and beautiful works of art.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Correction! An Evening with Alan Ross is Wednesday October 14
















The Ansel Adams Gallery Presents.....

An Evening with Alan Ross

Ansel Adams' Darkroom Assistant

Join us for refreshments as Alan shares stories
about working for Ansel Adams and printing the Special Edition Photographs.

Wednesday, October 14, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 8, 2009

New Exhibit in Yosemite: 90 Years in the American West, Bob Kolbrener and Ansel Adams



90 Years in the American West (on display in the Yosemite Gallery through November 16) is a traveling exhibition of select photographs from two masters of the Great American West, Ansel Adams and Bob Kolbrener. The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite is the last stop on this national touring exhibition of over 25 vintage and modern prints, all printed in the traditional darkroom.


Bob Kolbrener spends over three months each year in the Great American West focusing his camera on the changing landscape, and the balance of his time printing beautiful works as limited edition gelatin silver prints. "I have always responded to the grand, ephemeral gestures of Nature. When there is a lightning, fog or winter storm, I am alive with emotion. Through the teachings and inspiration of Ansel Adams I have been able to direct this energy to the making of exciting photographs."

The photographs in the exhibit compare and contrast the work of two visionary masters, as well as their love and respect for Yosemite and surrounding areas.

Bob Kolbrener will be present for an artist's reception October 24, from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

An Evening with Alan Ross

















The Ansel Adams Gallery Presents.....

An Evening with Alan Ross

Ansel Adams' Darkroom Assistant

Join us for refreshments as Alan shares stories
about working for Ansel Adams and printing the Special Edition Photographs.

Wednesday, October 14, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm


Alan was Ansel Adams' Photographic Assistant in Carmel from 1974 to 1979, and was integrally involved with Adams' books, teaching in Yosemite, and production of fine prints. He has been the exclusive printer of Ansel Adams' Special Edition Prints for over thirty-five years and has made over ninety thousand prints from Adams' negatives.

Alan continues to teach for The Ansel Adams Gallery. His next workshop, Crafting the Black and White Photograph begins next week. This workshop is devoted to teaching the photographic process as an integrated whole, from the beginnings of picking up the camera to matting the finished print. Through a combination of classroom discussions, darkroom demonstrations, print critiques, and camera use to help students refine their black and white photographic process
.



Monday, October 5, 2009

The Ansel Adams Gallery and Blue Earth Alliance Exhibit and Lecture Series at Mumm Napa

The Ansel Adams Gallery And Blue Earth
"Changing Earth: Photographer’s Call to Action"
At Mumm Napa

The Ansel Adams Gallery and Blue Earth are proud to host an inspiring photo exhibit and lecture series featuring our dramatically changing planet titled "Changing Earth: Photographer’s Call to Action" opening September 19, 2009 at Mumm Napa Fine Art Photography Gallery and running through March 13, 2010.

The exhibit features works from a variety of acclaimed Blue Earth project photographers who document earth’s changing environment and the impact of those changes on society. Blue Earth photographers and projects in the exhibit include: Daniel Beltrá (Amazon: Forest at Risk), Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele (Facing Climate Change: Global Change. Local People), Stephen Harrison (Visualizing Earth), Anne Marie Musselman (Finding Trust/The Sarvey Wildlife Project), Camille Seaman (Melting Away – The Last Iceberg), Florian Schulz (Freedom To Roam: Wildlife Corridors), John Trotter (No Agua, No Vida: The Thirsty Colorado River Delta), and Rebecca Norris Webb (The Glass Between Us: Reflections on Urban Creatures).

Mumm Napa Winery is located at 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford, CA 94573. Visitor center and fine art photography gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.


Lecture Schedule
Nov. 7th - Drummond/Steele, "Facing Climate Change"
Dec. 5th - Camille Seaman, "Connection and Purpose"
Feb. 6th - Stephen Harrison, "Visualizing Earth"
Mar. 6th - John Trotter, "The Future of the Colorado River"
TBD - Florian Schulz, "Freedom To Roam"

Friday, October 2, 2009

Special Room Rate Available For Eastern Sierra Fall Color One Day Photography Workshop














There's still time to join Michael Frye's Eastern Sierra Fall Color One Day Workshop October 19, but today is the last day for the special room rate at the Murphey's Motel in Lee Vining, CA. Register today for the workshop to get your special rate!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Ansel Adams Gallery National Park Photography Contest Begins Today! Enter Your Masterpiece

This beautiful photograph is by William Neill, Cloud Reflections and Mt Moran at the Oxbow Bend on the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

See more of his images on our website.


PRIZES BASED UPON THE ANSEL ADAMS GALLERY JURY DECISION:

  • ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: One $500 Ansel Adams Gallery gift certificate and their choice of ONE 20”x24” Ansel Adams Archival Replica.
  • ONE (1) FIRST PRIZE: ONE $300 Ansel Adams Gallery gift certificate and their choice of ONE 16”x20” Ansel Adams Archival Replica.
  • ONE (1) SECOND PRIZE: ONE $200 Ansel Adams Gallery gift certificate
  • ONE (1) THIRD PRIZE: ONE $100 Ansel Adams Gallery gift certificate.
    *No cash equivalent shall be made available on prizes. Prizes are non-transferable.

View Contest Rules
Submit Your Masterpiece - Click here to Enter

Questions or Comment, please email photocontest@anseladams.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Opening Reception at Mumm Napa Fine Art Photograhy Gallery


Attending the reception last Saturday night (left to right) were TAAG Presdient Matthew Adams and his wife MingZhu Hu, Mumm Winery rep. Kathy McClure, Rich Krause, John Trotter, Larry Ockene, Adam Weintraub, Benjamin Drummond, Annie Marie Musselman, and TAAG curator, Glenn Crosby.

The Ansel Adams Gallery is thrilled to join the Blue Earth Alliance in hosting a new exhibition entitled Changing Earth: Photographer's Call to Action at the Mumm Winery in Napa, California from September 2009 – March 2010.

The Blue Earth Alliance is a non-profit ogranization focused on raising environmental awareness. The exhibit features images from Blue Earth projects around the world, including work by Annie Marie Musselman, Daniel Beltrá, Rebecca Norris Webb, Florian Schulz, Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele, Camille Seaman, Stephen Harrison, and John Trotter.

The Mumm Napa Fine Art Photography Gallery is located at 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford, CA 94558, and is open from 10:ooam to 5:00pm daily.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Calling All Photographers!

Announcing The Ansel Adams Gallery National Park Photography Contest.

Enter your photographic masterpieces taken at a U.S. National Park, Landmark or Monument. Lots of great prizes will be awarded including Ansel Adams Archival Replicas and Gallery Gift Certificates.

On October 1st we will post all the details on our website.


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Get Ready for Fall in Yosemite
















Ansel Adams Gallery workshop instructor Michael Frye just posted information on where and when to find the best color this fall season.


When in Yosemite, don't forget to visit the Gallery. We are now showing Michael's Color, Light and Form exhibit through October 4.

Beginning October 5, we present
a traveling exhibition, 90 YEARS IN THE AMERICAN WEST, featuring select vintage and modern prints by Ansel Adams from the 30’s and 40’s, and Bob Kolbrener's gelatin silver prints. Reception October 24 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fresno Community Shows it's Support For Yosemite National Park
















Yesterday Yosemite Fresno Neighbors and The Yosemite Association presented An Evening in Our Backyard hosted by the KJEWEL/KYNO Radio Station and Art Gallery in downtown Fresno. Images from the First Light exhibit, on loan from The Ansel Adams Gallery, provided a backdrop for the event. This show presents the work of five photographers over five summer seasons, and is accompanied by a beautiful book titled First Light: Five Photographers in Yosemite's Backcountry.

Refreshments were provided by Fresno State University and live Native American flute music and blues by Lance Canales. The evening featured a 9-minute trailer of the new Ken Burn's documentary, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, which premeres Sept 27 on all PBS stations.

The evening was capped off by an inspirational presentation by Ranger Shelton Johnson, who is featured in the Ken Burn's documentary and recognized for his work in educating the public through his interpretive program, Yosemite Through the Eye's of a Buffalo Soldier, 1904.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

All Roads Open In Yosemite


















Staff Photographer Nick Ahlgrim visited Foresta earlier this evening, and areas burned in the Big Meadow Fire. For more information on park roads and conditions, please visit the NPS website.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fall is a Great Time to Take a Workshop!
















See all of our remaining workshops for 2009. While Digital Landscape:Autumn in Yosemite and Digital Printing for the Fine Art Photographer workshops are FULL, we do have some limited space available in our more traditional offerings.

We hope to see you in Yosemite this Fall!

Eastern Sierra Fall Color One-Day Workshop














October 19, 2009 (Lee Vining/ Mono Lake)

Every October the aspens on the eastern side of the Sierras turn yellow, orange, and gold, putting on the most spectacular display of fall color in California. Instructor Michael Frye will lead you to some of his favorite aspen groves near Mono Lake, at the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park, and help you learn the essential skills needed to capture the beauty of these autumn scenes - including how to use your histogram for proper exposures, making simple, strong compositions, and how to find the right light for your subject. Visit our website for more information or to register.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Painting Workshop with Penny Otwell- Last Class this Season!






















September 21, 2009, Yosemite National Park

Let out the stops with color in this one day of "serious play" with watercolor painter Penny Otwell. Through guided examples of color combinations, loosen up and enjoy the process of watercolor painting outdoors in a fun and supportive environment.

For more information or to register, please visit our website

Friday, September 4, 2009

It's a New Day in Yosemite! Park is Open for the Holiday Weekend
















Big Meadow Fire is 70% contained. Firefighters made excellent progress constructing a fireline in the Tamarack Flat Campground Road area. This is the last uncontained portion of the fireline. During the last two days, smoke from interior hot spots and burning operations settled in Yosemite Valley and the foothill communities, especially in the morning. This morning, the smoke is not visible in Yosemite Valley.
Tonight and tomorrow, firefighters will continue restoring roads, trails and fireline to their natural condition, mopping up hot spots, and removing hazard trees in order to open the roads as soon as possible.

Special Announcements: Although road closures will remain in place through the Labor Day weekend, Yosemite Valley is open and accessible from Highway 140 via El Portal and Highway 41 from Wawona. In addition, visitors on the east side of the park can still access Tuolumne Meadows, Olmsted Point, and White Wolf via Highway 395 from Lee Vining. Hodgdon Meadow Campground remains open to visitors.