What does it take to make an ‘iconic’ image? Ansel Adams on capturing Moonrise over Hernandez

by planetMitch

This morning while looking for interesting news, I found this fascinating account of Mr. Adams stumbling across and photographing the iconic “Moon Over Hernandez” image.

With 2 teenagers, I'm recently thinking about how things are very different for them than they were in my teens. And I periodically tell them about how “hard” it was for me to do things when I was younger (and of course they groan every time – “oh Dad” – do your kids do that too?). We were planning vacation yesterday and I told them how we used to have to call a resort on the phone (what???) and request a brochure be mailed to us (in the snail mail Dad?).

Anyway, when I was watching this earlier this morning, I was reminded of how easy it is for us today with things like Photoshop and Premiere to edit photos and video (and let's all think about how lucky we are!).

Here, we get to see what Ansel Adams photographed (and to hear how hard it was to even set up and capture this iconic photo) and how he manipulated it in the darkroom to be even more dramatic.

Oh how things have changed!

From dpreview:

In newly released footage, legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams recounts capturing one of his most popular images: Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.

Adams' son Michael recently explained in an interview with Marc Silber of Advancing Your Photography how the events unfolded the day the photo was taken. Riding along with his father, he remembers how Ansel caught sight of the moon rising over the landscape and pulled the car over to take the photo. In the clip above, you'll hear Michael and Ansel Adams himself explain how the image was created, thanks to some quick thinking when a light meter couldn't be found. The resulting image is, of course, a classic.

via ‘I instinctively felt I had an extraordinary image': Ansel Adams on capturing Moonrise over Hernandez

(cover photo credit: snap from this article)