You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.— Ansel Adams
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It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
Let us leave a splendid legacy for our children.
..let us turn to them and say, this you inherit: guard it well, for it is far more precious than money...and once destroyed, nature's beauty cannot be repurchased at any price.
I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful - an endless prospect of magic and wonder.
Once destroyed, nature's beauty cannot be repurchased at any price.
Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment.
Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.
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Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.
A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.
The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!
No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.
I believe photography is a tool to express our positive assessment of the world.
A tool to acquire ultimate happiness and belief.
Wilderness is rapidly becoming one of those aspects of the American dream which is more of the past than of the present. Wilderness is not only a condition of nature, but a state of mind and mood and heart. It cannot be confined to the museum-case status—seen only as a passing diorama from superlative throughways.
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes and easy smile is your museum.
I believe in beauty. I believe in stones and water, air and soil, people and their future and their fate.
A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
Once destroyed, nature's beauty cannot be repurchased at any price
You don't take a photograph, you make it.
I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.
There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.
Today, we must realize that nature is revealed in the simplest meadow, wood lot, marsh, stream, or tidepool, as well as in the remote grandeur of our parks and wilderness areas.
The quality of place, the reaction to immediate contact with earth and growing things that have a fugal relationship with mountains and sky, is essential to the integrity of our existence on this planet.
I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop.
Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.
Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.
There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
We were in the shadow of the mountains, the light was cool and quiet and no wind was stirring. The aspen trunks were slightly greenish and the leaves were a vibrant yellow.
Some photographers take reality... and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation.
A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into.
How high your awareness level is determines how much meaning you get from your world. Photography can teach you to improve your awareness level.
We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.
There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.
Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.
Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
I believe the approach of the artist and the approach of the environmentalist are fairly close in that both are, to a rather impressive degree, concerned with the affirmation of life.
I knew my destiny when I first experienced Yosemite.
Notebook. No photographer should be without one!
These people live again in print as intensely as when their images were captured on old dry plates of sixty years ago... I am walking in their alleys, standing in their rooms and sheds and workshops, looking in and out of their windows. Any they in turn seem to be aware of me.
Bad weather makes for good photography.
We either have wild places or we don't.
We admit the spiritual-emotional validity of wild, beautiful places or we don't. We have a philosophy of simplicity of experience in these wild places or we don't. We admit an almost religious devotion to the clean exposition of the wild, natural earth or we don't.
I know that I am one with beauty and that my comrades are one.
Let our souls be mountains, Let our spirits be stars, Let our hearts be worlds.
A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world.
I have often had a retrospective vision where everything in my past life seems to fall with significance into logical sequence.
I usually have an immediate recognition of the potential image, and I have found that too much concern about matters such as conventional composition may take the edge off the first inclusive reaction.
The great rocks of Yosemite, expressing qualities of timeless yet intimate grandeur, are the most compelling formations of their kind. We should not casually pass them by, for they are the very heart of the earth speaking to us.
To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces.
Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.