Ansel Adams and Visualisation in Practice
Ansel Adams is widely considered the great grandfather of landscape photography and the pioneer of the process and technique of visualization. And, as we talk now in photography, speak of the external event, which is, we'll call it scenery. It's for everything that happens outside time and space and people killed Zap Samp snap recording things for their own memory in the future, and contrasting with that in the creative work is the internal event that happens inside your mind when you when you see the photograph, Stiglitz had said. Someone asked you about what is create pretty photograph, he said. I'm really go out into the world. I want to make a photograph. I come across something that excites me. I see the picture in my mind's eye and I make the photograph and then I give it to you is the equivalent of what I saw and felt The whole key lives very specifically in seeing into the mind's eye, which we call visualizations. Visualization is a technique you can use to consciously decide o...
n aspects of your intended photograph before committing image to sensor or film. It includes determining the main point of interest in this case, the castle and then mentally entering a space to connect, not just with the objects in the frame, but also the ambiance of the whole scene. In other words, you have to be mindful of your thoughts and feelings as well as the visual inputs of the physical aspects of the scene. From this place of mindfulness, you can decide what to include in the frame on what to leave out. You can decide on things like exposure not just technically, but also compositionally. For example, do you want to create a dark, foreboding image, heavy on atmosphere or a brighter image that's warmer and more welcoming? The answer is determined as much by your mood is by the objects in the scene, and this is all part of the visual ization process now putting this into practice As an example, I found an old book of pencil drawings that depict Bambara as it was 150 years ago. As you can see, although the landscape has changed considerably, the atmosphere of the place is the same. To me, it feels wild, stormy and isolated in the photograph on gun decorated. Those feelings I want to reveal and I'm going to use the objects in the scene. The castle wind bentgrass is the texture of the sound to do that in a way that Ansel Adams described as turning visual symbols into an emotional response. And when we look at the image, the senses one of abstract quality of the essence of the place rather than the semblance of objects the visual symbols Adams refers to are the basic elements of design, line, shape, color, pattern and texture. And the reason they're important in composition is the physiological and psychological effect they have on the viewer, which is a subject of Module five. Next, though, I'm going to show you a technique. I use a lot when I want to be more spontaneous with my photography.