Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Free Photo Walks at Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite

June 23, 2010, 1:43 pm

Yosemite National Park is a showcase of spectacular geological features and can only be described in superlatives. Within its borders, it boasts the tallest waterfalls, the largest exposed granite monoliths and groves of giant sequoias. The park, which also includes magnificent alpine and subalpine wilderness and staggering biologic diversity, provides inspiration and serves as the perfect outdoor classroom.

Ansel Adams, whose love of nature began when he was a boy, living within view of San Francisco’s Golden Gate, first visited the park in 1916. Over the next seven decades, Adams spent substantial time living and working in the park. In his words, “From that day in 1916, my life has been colored and modulated by the great earth gesture of the Sierra.”

From the time of his first amateur exposures with a Kodak No. 1 Box Brownie to his prolific later work, Ansel Adams built a legacy not only as a photographer, but also as an innovator, educator and conservationist. His legacy lives on today both in his images and well as his family business, The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite.

Canon U.S.A., in partnership with American Park Network and The Ansel Adams Gallery, is pleased to invite you to follow in Ansel’s footsteps this weekend with a series of free photo walks led by his former student and Explorer of Light Lewis Kemper. Lewis will lead free interpretive walks at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. on June 25th and 26th, starting at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley.

If you can’t make it this weekend, The Gallery offers free photo walks every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday as well as workshops and classes structured to improve your image making.

The Gallery also offers private guiding sessions with staff photographers, who will lead you to ideal areas and help you create unique images. These sessions make the most of your photographic experience. While in the field, staff photographers will assist you with composition, exposure, and camera operation. In addition, you may take advantage of their intimate knowledge of Yosemite. The photographic programs start at $95 and are a great way to advance your skills.

If you don’t have time to participate in a walk, class or workshop, you should still stop by The Gallery, which is a destination for photographers and aficionados of Ansel Adams worldwide. The Gallery has a collection of Adams originals, a selection of which is always kept on display for the public. Monthly exhibits of other notable photographers may also be found. For more information, please visit anseladams.com, call (888) 361-7622 or email workshops@anseladams.com.