Inspired By Adams

Woodcock Dam Crawford County, Pennsylvania
Presque Isle Bay Erie, Pennsylvania
Barcelona Harbor Breakwall Westfield, New York
Erie Yacht Club November Erie, Pennsylvania
Lake Erie Coast Line Erie, Pennsylvania
Lake Erie Shore November Erie, Pennsylvania
Little Round Top Gettysburg Battlefield Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Erie Yacht Club November Erie, Pennsylvania
Barcelona Harbor Westfield, New York
Little Round Top Gettysburg Battlefield Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Erie Yacht Club Breakwall November Erie, Pennsylvania
Little Round Top Gettysburg Battlefield Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Presque Isle Bay Erie, Pennsylvania
Little Round Top Gettysburg Battlefield Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.
~Ansel Adams

Artist Statement:

This portfolio has opened my eyes up to a new kind of photography. These landscapes are of the Eastern part of America. My thoughts were that I would try something different, other than just taking images of people. For this portfolio my mentor was Ansel Adams. There were several things referenced from his photographs that I tried to portray into my images. I tried to show less sky in my images, created strong horizon lines, having the whole view of the photo in focus, and having something in the foreground be the focal point of the photograph. I even did a couple things to make some of the photographs more interesting.

I included more foreground in my images, so that the sky didn’t take up too much of the image and become distracting. This also makes a viewer look at the picture as a whole, and it doesn’t make the image top heavy.

I made sure that my photographs had a strong horizon line. This makes the sky become very well separated from the middle ground, and foreground of the photograph. This also makes the horizon lines more noticeable due to it being in clear focus in every photograph in my portfolio.

I made sure that each part of every image was in complete focus. I used a method, new to me, when taking my photographs and while editing them.

Then the final thing I did before I took each photograph was I made sure I took an image with the foreground in focus, so that each photograph would have an important focal point in each image. By having a focal point in each image the viewer’s eye has somewhere to start when they start looking at each image, and they will keep coming back to this point in the picture because it is in the foreground.

The aspect that did to make some of my photographs more interesting was I had objects intersect with the horizon line, so that an object can lead a viewer’s eye down to the foreground and up to the back up to the horizon line and around the whole image. There are lines in some of the images, an example is the image that makes the viewer look through two rocks, which intersect with other lines in the image, such as a line on a rock to a line along a road, make it more appealing to a viewer. These lines that intersect also help a viewer look at the entire image.

Therefore, this portfolio is referenced from the photography of Ansel Adams. Each photograph that I took has a heavy foreground, so the viewer doesn’t get caught up in the horizon and sky part of the image. Each photograph has a strong horizon line so it can separate part of the image. Every photograph is in focus so that each aspect of each photograph can be seen in clear sight. In making sure that each image has a strong foreground focal point each image can have something that a viewer’s eye can venture from, so that their eyes can see the rest of the photograph. The final aspect each image has is lines that intersect so that they can help a viewer look at the whole image. In conclusion this portfolio has become a favorite subject of mine, because I want to make each part of a landscape beautiful and visible for the public to see America. I like landscapes because they always change over time, but after they are turned into a photograph they are set in stone so that we can refer to them years from now, so we can see how things looked in the past.