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October 12, 2012

If you have an I-phone or I-pad, you might be interested in a free app called Looking at Ansel Adams (link here).  It's more of a promotional item for a book, rather than being an interactive camera app.  Very interesting, nonetheless.  I paid the extra couple bucks to unlock all the images and info and felt I got more than my money's worth.  I would recommend to first click on the Print Explorer and take a look at the print Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada.  There is a slider at the bottom of the page that allows you to slide through four versions of the image that Adams produced during his lifetime, one being the original straight uncropped print.  Adams did not get hung up with the idea that a photograph should be an exact representation of the scene, he produced images that had been manipulated to his own taste, which often changed over time.  Thus, the prints made during different stages of his life will look different, sometimes more contrast and sometimes even with altered content, referring to this Winter Sunrise image, where the second print displays a version with missing letters on the rocks as Adams instructed his assistant to remove them with ink.  A early Photoshop-ish retouch, not uncommon during that age.  Well, actually, I knew one person in my area who was considered a master  photoretoucher with paint and brush.   The four prints in the Print Explorer are my favorite part of the app.

 “You know what's weird? Day by day,
nothing seems to change, but
pretty soon...everything's different.”

Bill Waterson