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Steve Kidd fol­lows in Ansel Adams’ foot­steps in Yosemite Na­tional Park

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I first be­came in­ter­ested in pho­tog­ra­phy through my grand­fa­ther. He had a Hasselblad, and I re­mem­ber be­ing fas­ci­nated by the knobs and the fact that you had to look into the top to com­pose your pic­ture. Not long af­ter I re­ceived my own cam­era: a Brownie Starflash that I was im­mensely proud of. My grand­fa­ther also in­tro­duced me to the land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy of Ansel Adams, and I vividly re­mem­ber see­ing his ‘Clear­ing Storm’ im­age of Yosemite and be­ing for­ever changed by its power.

Leg­endary land­scape

Know­ing that I could walk in Ansel’s foot­steps is what drew me to Yosemite. I didn’t know what to ex­pect when I made my first trip there but I was awestruck by its grandeur. You have to drive through an enor­mous rock arch as you en­ter, and the im­men­sity of the

01 Set­ting Moon at Sun­rise Nikon D800, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, 8 secs, f/22, ISO200

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