Ansel Adams introduced us to the grandeur of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada mountains in his early photography in the 1920s and 30s, but his famous capture of the light on the Grand Tetons and Snake River was made about the time he invented the 10-point zone system of tonal contrast (varying from pure white to pure black) in the early 1940s.
It’s hard to reproduce that scene today, because the vegetation has changed quite a bit — in fact, the trees have grown so much they obscure part of the view of the river.
On another day (with better air clarity), we got a good sense of the rugged texture of those famous peaks, punctuated with a little fall color from the yellow aspens.
This location provided an opportunity to try to “channel Ansel Adams”, for some dramatic Black and White photography. So, here’s my rendition of the Grand Tetons a la Ansel Adams.
What a location for landscape photography, to say nothing of the wildlife we saw as well.