Mt. Williamson

Mount Williamson, Sierra Nevada, from Manzanar, 1945.
(move the cursor over the image to view the rephotograph)

This is one of Ansel Adams' most famous images. In December of 2001 I set out to rephotograph this location. Though it might have taken days to find the exact spot, it only took me about 15 minutes of walking around to find the spot once I had driven to the general area. It's located within about 100 feet of the road, indicating that Adams didn't want to lug that heavy equipment very far. There is a small cairn near the location with notes from a half a dozen or so people who had found the spot before me.

A 35mm camera cannot duplicate the perspective of an 8x10 camera, so some distortion of the image is inevitable. However, I was able to duplicate the location (if not the emotion) of the original image closely.