A&P Galen Rowell appreciation thread

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  1. The Internet

    The Internet New Member

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    (NOTE: I've decided to repost these pictures because they did not get much exposure in the obscure thread that I posted them in... and I feel that they warrant their own topic.)

    For those of you who have never heard of Galen Rowell, I hope that you enjoy his work.

    Few photographers have ever been able to match Galen Rowell's mastery of natural light. Ansel Adams considered Rowell to be his successor, and many people since have called Rowell "the Ansel Adams of color photography." Not only did Rowell capture otherworldly scenes without the aid of post processing techniques or expensive lenses, but he also knew how to convey a sense of adventure in his work.

    One way that Rowell was able to capture such amazing scenes was through the use of graduated neutral density (ND) filters. If you don't know what a graduated ND filter is, it is essentially a piece of glass, half of which is darkened (generally by 1, 2 or 3 stops).

    Galen's cameras would be considered "crap" by OTs standards. Even for the day, his 35mm Nikons were nothing special. Rowell preferred to pack as lightly as possible. On top of that, his early graduated ND filters were no better than the cheap Cokin filters of today... yet he was still able to capture incredible shots.





    I apologize for the mediocre quality of these images. The real ones are quite spectacular... but you have to pay a hefty price to get decent prints (or decent digital images for that matter).



    Climber on Pinnacle near Mount Whitney
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    Sunrise on Tioga Pass, High Sierra
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    Horseman beneath giant sand dune, China
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    In high winds on Anye Machin, Tibet
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    Clearing storm over Yosemite
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    Split rock and cloud, Yosemite
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    Russian prop plane in ground fog
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    Unnamed peak above Braldu River, Pakistan
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    Moonrise at sunset from Cathedral Peak
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    Sunflowers at dawn, Eastern Sierra
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    Self portrait at dawn, Torres del Paine
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    Cuernos del Paine at dawn, Patagonia
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    Sunrise over Victoria Falls
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    Valley of Ten Peaks, Banff
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    Fall dawn at Mount Shuksan
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    Moon over Everest
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    Rhododendrons in old-growth forest
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    Aerial view of San Francisco
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    Winter in the Patriarch Grove
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    Twilight and fog, San Francisco Bay
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    Peter Croft with diffraction fringe
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    Peter Croft on Evolution Peaks
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    Twilight surf, Marin Headlands
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    Peak spring bloom, Vollmer Peak
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    Spring dawn in Tilden Regional Park
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    Back road through the Owens Valley
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    ... and more to come.
     
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  2. tenxia

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    What's amazing is that he did all this with film. Those are some pretty awesome shots.
     
  3. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Great shots. Film still has great dynamic range with the correct darkroom processing.
     
  4. The Internet

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    The best part is that he sold his automotive business to become a full time photographer. Isn't that pretty much every OT'ers dream life? :hsughr:
     
  5. Beeno

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    It's Jesus! :eek5:
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    But damn, these are pretty sick.
     
  6. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    man, those are -stunning- photos. amazing.
     
  7. JordanClarkson

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    wow, those are awesome.
     
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    pretty sweet stuff.
     
  9. aCab

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    I learned about him when I was out in Breckenridge last year. :bowdown:

    I walked into a small gallery there and was looking at some original prints that the guy had taken - all were really really good. I asked him something to the extent of "How Long did it take you to get the lighting right on that one" and he replied "8 years". We started talking and he told me about Galen. I asked what he was doing now and he said he had died. :wtc:
     
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    wow...just wow.
     
  11. wisie

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    Awesome shots :o
     
  12. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    wow, these are amazing
     
  13. Joetabasco

    Joetabasco The Wing King

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    Some amazing pics there. I dont like them all, but thats just personal taste. NO disputing the talent though. Some of those involve putting yourself in some nasty places.
     
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    Supposedly he once said that he didn't care if people tried to copy him - he would just say "you try and get there" - or something like that.

    The fact that he was an amazing mountain climber says a lot too - he could get places that others just couldn't - like Mt. Everest. :noes:
     
  15. OlafBeserka

    OlafBeserka girls pee pee when they see me OT Supporter

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    Those are fuckign fantastic! im not much of a landscape lover but this is truly exceptional
     
  17. ohknaks

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    Galen is my favorite photographer. Pick up his book "Mountain Light" some time, it's a good look at what he went through to get a lot of his more famous shots.
     

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