Inspiration Courtesy of Ansel Adams
National Geographic published a tribute article to Ansel Adams this month (Oct 2011). Included in the article were, of course, black and white photos taken in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in California. Although I've never been lucky enough to visit those areas of the country, I was inspired by the article and photographs to go back through some of my shots and do some B&W photo processing of my own.
I took this shot at Blackwater Falls as well, about 100 yards down the river from the above shot. In fact you can see the waterfall from the shot at the top in the background of this one. I'd processed this and posted it to Flickr before but since I was just working on the one at the top I felt the two went together.
And of course the mountains of Ansel Adam's photographs are a stunning part of his work. I went back to a trip I took to Mt. Rainier back in 2006 in order to find this. I hadn't ever cleaned it up and processed in B&W but I wanted to give it a try. I've learned a lot more about photography during the last 5 years so this shot certainly isn't up to the levels I would hold myself to today, but the subject matched what I wanted to work on. The rocky peaks along the Cascade's and majestic and the peaks at Mt. Rainier are no exception. I processed this with Nik's SilverEfex Pro and basic dodge and burn.
This last shot I took on a hike in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. It is taken on the upper section of White Oak Canyon which has a series of waterfalls of various sizes over the course of almost a mile through the canyon. I think black and white processing helps to highlight the structure in long exposure waterfalls images. It is a tight crop of a larger color image. I also processed the shot above in Nik's SilverEfex Pro with some dodging and burning and a little bit of help from the unsharpen filter.
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