Every Mention of Ansel Adams in the New York Times in the 1940s

(Note: This article is part of a series.) January 21, 1940Notes of Camera World In a roundup, the book Graphic and Graflex Photography is highlighted with a list of chapters: "...Ansel Adams gives advice on print-making... June 9, 1940Diverse Attractions At the Golden Gate Fair. Old Masters, North and South…

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Transitional Delights, Four Years later

(As we approach the election I thought it might be interesting to share a project I undertook during the transition after the 2016 presidential election. A slideshow of the images from Transitional Delights (2016-2017) follows the text, which is excerpted from a longer essay.) The needle danced and bounced on…

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First Light With the Fuji 50mm f/1.0

(This post is part of a series of posts reviewing the Fuji 50mm f/1.0 lens.) "First light" is a phrase from the astronomy community, usually referring to the first road-test image taken with a newly-built telescope, but it is also used more casually by the non-professional astronomer to refer to…

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Every Mention of Ansel Adams in the New York Times in the 1930s

(Note: This article is part of a series.) August 17, 1930Santa Fe Has Its Own Architecture. Inspired by Indians and Spanish, It Is Now of Frankly Modern Type. By Mildred Adams."Santa Fe has developed a style of architecture all its own, so distinctive that people are beginning to speak of…

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New Magic? First Look With the Fast Fuji 50mm f/1.0

(This post is part of a series of posts reviewing the Fuji 50mm f/1.0 lens.) The new Fuji 50mm f/1.0 lens is here—what is it like? With any super-fast lens your expectations are that it will be huge, with a triple-digit filter diameter. And the lens is big, just not…

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There It Is, the Fuji 50mm f/1.0

(This post is part of a series of posts reviewing the Fuji 50mm f/1.0 lens.) If you were designing a lens what would you do? Ahead of you is a line of trees, planted in a straight row. They form the top of a “T”, you stand at the bottom…

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New Work: Fools

I've undertaken a series of projects in the last four years centered on the Trump presidency, starting with the early debates in 2016 (or was it 2015?). Nothing is especially photoshopped here--the weird spiraling colors are from interference patterns, layers of them, caused by the digital nature of the camera…

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The Owls of Montara Mountain

In March came the virus but also came the owls. Two fuzzy-white great horned owls. At first we thought they were alone in the nest near the ranger's house. I happened to have a camera with me with a powerful zoom and made an image of their faces peering wide-eyed…

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