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Ansel Adams Quote: “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.”

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



Ansel Adams Quote: “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

You don’t take a photograph, you make it.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”

To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.”

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “Once destroyed, nature’s beauty cannot be repurchased at any price.”

Once destroyed, nature’s beauty cannot be repurchased at any price.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.”

It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.”

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful – an endless prospect of magic and wonder.”

I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful – an endless prospect of magic and wonder.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “Photograph not only what you see but also what you feel.”

Photograph not only what you see but also what you feel.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “Bad weather makes for good photography.”

Bad weather makes for good photography.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.”

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!”

The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “I can look at a fine art photograph and sometimes I can hear music.”

I can look at a fine art photograph and sometimes I can hear music.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.”

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels.”

A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.”

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.”

A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “We all move on the fringes of eternity and are sometimes granted vistas through fabric of illusion.”

We all move on the fringes of eternity and are sometimes granted vistas through fabric of illusion.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.”

No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “The negative is the score, and the print the performance.”

The negative is the score, and the print the performance.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”

Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.”

Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.”

In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “How high your awareness level is determines how much meaning you get from your world. Photography can teach you to improve your awareness level.”

How high your awareness level is determines how much meaning you get from your world. Photography can teach you to improve your awareness level.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “Ask yourself, ‘Why am I seeing and feeling this? How am I growing? What am I learning?’ Remember: Every coincidence is potentially meaningful.”

Ask yourself, ‘Why am I seeing and feeling this? How am I growing? What am I learning?’ Remember: Every coincidence is potentially meaningful.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.”

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.”

The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “Notebook. No photographer should be without one!”

Notebook. No photographer should be without one!

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “Emphasis on technique is justified only so far as it will simplify and clarify the statement of the photographer’s concept.”

Emphasis on technique is justified only so far as it will simplify and clarify the statement of the photographer’s concept.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “One of the most important pieces of equipment, for the photographer who really wants to improve, is a great big wastepaper basket.”

One of the most important pieces of equipment, for the photographer who really wants to improve, is a great big wastepaper basket.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “All art is the expression of one and the same thing- the relation of the spirit of man to the spirit of other men and to the world.”

All art is the expression of one and the same thing- the relation of the spirit of man to the spirit of other men and to the world.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “If you have enough craft, you’ve done your homework and you’re practiced. You can then make the photograph you desire.”

If you have enough craft, you’ve done your homework and you’re practiced. You can then make the photograph you desire.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “The camera cannot, but the photographer can.”

The camera cannot, but the photographer can.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “The artist and the photographer seek the mysteries and the adventure of experience in nature.”

The artist and the photographer seek the mysteries and the adventure of experience in nature.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “The best picture is around the corner. Like prosperity.”

The best picture is around the corner. Like prosperity.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “I hope that my work will encourage self expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us.”

I hope that my work will encourage self expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “My last word s that it all depends on what you visualize.”

My last word s that it all depends on what you visualize.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.”

Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.

— Ansel Adams


Ansel Adams Quote: “A photograph is not an accident – it is a concept.”

A photograph is not an accident – it is a concept.

— Ansel Adams

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