The Zone System is a framework
That allows us to convert captured luminance values
To the values as we want them to be
Values that match our visualization of the subject
The above is a paraphrase of this quote by Ansel Adams.
As long as we must be able to work from a range of subject luminances that are to be represented as we want them to be by a range of gray values (or color values) in a print, the Zone System seems certain to provide an extremely useful framework.
As you read these posts, recognize that Ansel Adams’ images –
Reflected what he felt and
Not a literal reflection of reality
Even though he is often thought of as the paragon of
Realistic, straight photography
Nothing is further from the truth
as he himself stated repeatedly
Reality vs. his images, in his words –
….creativity in photography…
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