Mr Adams WAS good at photography. I studied him when I first learned to use the tool a camera can be.
The times have changed and there is no longer a need to use the ZONE System.
A camera and a printer today can still beat the best master of old -accidentally.
It is still possible to take most of the images that Mr Adams did throughout his life.
We should remember that it is very much a fact that he helped enshrine Yosemite that it is.
I would like to have heard him play the piano.
His first collected photo might have been "Rose on Driftwood"?
I was driven by the same love of beauty and of photography and decided to to a similar work of art.
Mr Adams could see the beauty of a rose his wife had given him and according to some stories sought a background to do a close-up of it on. Like he said, "We need a little earth to stand on, to run through our fingers. Perhaps photography can do this. I'm going to try, anyhow". I think he did just that.
Ms Nancy_Newhall was an early American photography critic. Her last book was titled "The Fight for Photography as a Fine Art" and this book was originally released in 1975 or the year after she died at sixty-six.
Ms Newhall wrote, "A rose on driftwood indoors on a dark day could glow softly", when announcing the lovely photograph by Mr Adams. The world might have never known of Yosemite or Adams had Albert M Bender not first published Mr Adams Rose?
"Wild Rose and Salvaged Barn Wood" by Curtis Neeley is a much more touching story and as lovely piece of photography. It is less expensive in the open edition than you will likely find of Mr Adams.
I put links directly to mine and his although his would be hard to miss on any search engine.
Google whom I have sued in Federal Court finds his "Rose on Driftwood"
You can see part of why I am suing Google Inc be following the following Google Inc Safe Image Search for my name. "Curtis Neeley" and you will see that it is NOT child safe.