Thanks again Scott,
I emailed Jeff and he got back to me this am.Answered several questions etc,,Incredible knowing how busy with the gallerys and shooting and etc,,,,,I can see why you want to own one of those pieces.Your buying more than simply an image!We loved Ansel for the very reason that he was an incredible person too!Jeffs being out there keeps us hopeful:)
As far as the color subject is concerned im still positive that many of Jeffs images are not done justice by how the film can render a scene.Even Ansel expressed frustration with color film to work a scene to what he saw that day-thus,black and white was it!!!Which I also am a huge fan,but one thing for sure color film has come thank God alot further than it was in the golden era of mine:)
Yes I was fresh out of college climbing and photographing in Yosemite when I met Ansel photographing El Cap with group in tow.We chatted briefly and when he learned of my plan to hike up the mist trail the next day he invited me along.Next thing you know,he has me carrying that giant 8 x 10 camera/tripod of his all the way to Nevada Falls and to the springboard where Monolith was taken years before!That was my intro to the man.Half mtn goat/half man!Huge giving heart!
One of my personal favourites I asked Jeff about was Moonstruck taken in Big Sur.Wow!!!Did you know that was a 3 hour exposure under full moon?I personally love those technical-creative and compositionally sound thought out image.That is a wonderfully great piece!Maybe Jeff will give us a discount if we buy together:)Smiling,,,,,Thanks for sharing Jeffs work!
ps,,The late great Galen Rowell is someone you"d enjoy too!
Glad you were able to get in touch with Jeff. As I said, he really seems to enjoy talking about and educating people about the images. He's got no problem telling folks how things were done, which is part of what I like about him. I actually did know about 'Moonstruck'. Jeff told me how that one was done. He also talks about it in the interview I linked above, although I think it had a different name when that interview was done. It really is an incredible image. It's one of my favorites. To me, that's where the "art" of fine art photography takes place. When I talk to friends and family about buying a piece of fine art photography, many do not understand how photography can be art. When you explain the patience, planning, and precision that goes into an image, even the layman begins top better appreciate the artisitc value.
My wife and I have been looking at all the images on the site for several months now, and have been going back and forth on favorites for some time. I really think it's going to take seeing them in person to come to a final decision. Our trip to California isn't until early June, and we're practically jumping out of our skins with excitement.
The next thing on my list is to buy lighting. I'm pretty sure I know what I'm going to do and how I'm going to do it, it's just a matter of when I'm in the mood for another household project
Great story about Ansel Adams! After all these years, Adams really remains the gold standard, and I know from talking to Jeff that he is proud to be shooting in the same tradition, albeit in color. That's another thing I really enjoy about Jeff's work. He's innovative, yet he remains true to the tradition of the art. I think that's cool. That, coupled with him being a great guy and very accessible (there are others in the market who are ANYTHING but accessible) and the whole package is pretty cool, at least for me.
As soon as I finish this post, I'm going to go google Galen Rowell. That's what this is about for me. I love the education and the research. The plan for my wife and I is to take a memorable trip, and return home with a prized posession that will last a lifetime. I think that's pretty neat!
Thanks for responding.... Enjoying the conversation!