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AS I WRITE THIS, the pho­tog­ra­phy world is cel­e­brat­ing the 116th birth­day of Ansel Adams, a pas­sion­ate en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist and one of the most iconic image-mak­ers of our time. To mark the oc­ca­sion, our Web Edi­tor Ron Leach wrote a brief look back at this photo mas­ter’s ca­reer on Shut­ter­bug.com (see it here: http://bit.ly/2onaux9), and it was eas­ily one of the most pop­u­lar sto­ries of the month for us.

What re­ally struck me about the story was the re­ac­tion to it on so­cial me­dia. We re­ceived dozens of com­ments on our Face­book page (face­book.com/shut­ter­bug), with read­ers not­ing what a ma­jor in­flu­ence Adams has been on their lives. One com­menter sim­ply posted an image of a gray, wide-brimmed hat that re­sem­bled the clas­sic

Stetson Adams used to wear. Nicely done.

But his sar­to­rial choices aside, it was Adams’s vi­sion as a pho­tog­ra­pher that’s had the most im­pact on the world. Sim­ply put, any land­scape or na­ture pho­tog­ra­pher work­ing to­day owes a debt to Ansel, even those who are de­lib­er­at­ing fight­ing against his in­flu­ence. He’s cer­tainly cast a long shadow, one that stretches over this very is­sue, which has a theme of Travel & Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­phy.

On page 58, pho­tog­ra­pher Josh Miller obliquely ad­dresses Adams’s in­flu­ence in his story “Dif­fer­ent Per­spec­tives: Seven Tips on How to Make Unique Land­scape Pho­tos in Pop­u­lar Lo­ca­tions.” In the piece, Miller vis­its some of Adams’s fa­mil­iar stomp­ing grounds, in­clud­ing Yosemite and Yel­low­stone Na­tional Parks, and of­fers dif­fer­ent ways to cap­ture these well-pho­tographed spots. His lead image of a dozen would-be Ansels try­ing to cap­ture Yosemite’s Tun­nel View is amus­ing and clever while still cap­tur­ing the nat­u­ral beauty of this time­less land­scape.

Our cover pho­tog­ra­pher Michael Shainblum is an­other ex­am­ple of some­one who has, no doubt, been in­flu­enced by Adams but has taken his work in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. Along with shoot­ing pri­mar­ily in color, whereas Adams spe­cial­ized in black and white, Shainblum’s land­scapes and cityscapes are cap­tured in a va­ri­ety of stun­ning ways. “He shoots stills, time-lapse videos, and panora­mas, day and night, of­ten re­main­ing in one area for hours at a time, in lo­ca­tions close to home and far away—shoot­ing on land and from the air,” Shut­ter­bug writer Jack Neubart notes in his pro­file on Shainblum.

And fi­nally, there are the four travel and land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers that Maria Pis­copo in­ter­views in her Busi­ness Trends col­umn on page 50, who prob­a­bly rec­og­nize that along with be­ing a mas­ter pho­tog­ra­pher, Ansel Adams was also a smart busi­ness­man and a savvy mar­keter of his per­sonal “brand.” (That trade­mark Stetson hat was more than just to keep the sun out of his face, it helped cre­ate that image of Ansel we see in our heads, along with his ubiq­ui­tous view cam­eras.)

All of which is to say, Happy Birth­day, Ansel Adams! Your pho­to­graphic “chil­dren” are do­ing well and tak­ing imag­ing in places you prob­a­bly never could have imag­ined.

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