by Joseph Linaschke
Ansel Adams exhibit until January 13th, 2013
I realize this isn't much notice, but if you're anywhere near Redding, California you should try to get to the Turtle Bay Exploration Park before January 13th. This is an incredible show of Ansel's work, which "represents about two-thirds of a selection Adams made late in his life to serve as a succinct representation of his life's work" (quote from the Turtle Bay information page).
While it may seem obvious, it's worth pointing out… we've all seen the work of Ansel Adams printed in books, posters, on TV, etc., but seeing actual photographic prints is a whole different animal. From what I can tell it appears that these are actual original Ansel prints, although I didn't see anything claiming or contradicting that idea. If someone knows for sure either way, please let us know in the comments. But if these are in fact prints that the man himself did, then it's the closest we'll ever get to seeing his handiwork (they are, at minimum, actual photographic prints, even if his hands didn't create them) up close. And I do mean up close—there are no velvet ropes, no annoying guards, no one to stop you from pressing nose to glass to really look deep into his shadows and highlights, and analyze his zone system.
If you miss this show, there will be others. Check out the schedule at AnselAdams.com but it's worth noting that this isn't totally accurate; according to that page the show I just saw is already over.
The photo above
As noted there were no guards chasing people with cameras out, which was somewhat surprising for a photography exhibit! I was able to set my Fuji X100 on a bench and capture this 4 second exposure, converted to B&W just in Aperture (nothing fancy; pretty straight conversion). I shot more but got lucky with this first one, which had the most people blurring through.