Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Mention Ansel Adams and his photographic images of Yosemite pop into your head. Although Adams was a fixture at the park until his death in 1984 he also photographed other western locales. Being born in San Francisco, he visited Yosemitewhen he was 14 and fell in love with the park. His first camera was a Kodak Brownie and he soon immersed himself in the study of photography. Later he married into the family that owned “Best’s Studio” in the park. His wife inherited the business after her father’s death and Adams now had a firm foothold in the park. He was continually torn between pursuing a career as a concert pianist or a photographer. Lucky for us he chose the latter. The shot that really put him on the map was the 1927 “monolith” of the face of Half Dome – taken from the area known as the Diving Board. A place I hope to visit in mid-May. Adams’s photographs are licensed by The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. The Ansel Adams Gallery in the park is your source for copies of his Yosemite photos. It’s located just east of the Valley Vistor Center, near the Post Office. It was just announced that a new 10-year concession contract had been granted to the Gallery. It is a photographic and art business with an emphasis on Ansel Adams and the history of art and photography in Yosemite. You can also buy or photographic equipment and art supplies. Adams himself actually lived and worked in this historic building. Note that the gallery is not affiliated with the Yosemite Association, Yosemite Fund or the Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (DNC) organizations. (Your YA 15% discount does not apply there. This week Adams’ son, Michael, filed suit to keep the now defunct Fresno Metropolitan Museum from raising funds by auctioning off several Ansel Adams prints that were donated under specific guidelines.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter. “ – Ansel Adams
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com