Salida de la luna, Hernández, Nuevo México (obra de arte)
Información sobre la obra de arte
The story of the creation of the iconic image, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, is well-known, thanks to Ansel Adams’s own narration of the event itself. His creation of this scene—defined by a pitch-black sky, a small but glowing moon, low white clouds, and a few trees, buildings, and luminescent white crosses set against a backdrop of snowy mountains—was accidental, stumbled upon while Adams was driving through New Mexico. As the artist notes:
“I was coming back to Santa Fe after a futile day [photographing] up in the Charma Valley, and I looked out the window of the car and here was this scene. Well, this is extraordinary! So I practically ditched the car. And I had some companions with me and I started yelling, ‘Get me the 8 x 10! Get me the tripod!’… Meantime the sun was going down behind clouds in the west, and I was getting panicky, you know. And I couldn’t find the exposure meter. So the only way I was able to control [the light]… well, I happened to know how bright the moon was in terms of candles per square foot: 250, approximately… so I could figure the exposure. And I said, ‘I’ve got a picture!’”
Knowing that he had created a superbly unique image, Adams hurried to create a duplicate negative. However, the timing of the light—the setting sun in particular, which bounced off the white crosses to create that one-of-a-kind glow—was not in his favor. By the time he attempted to capture a duplicate, the sun had disappeared. “So the whole photograph—the whole image—just went dead. So I had made [the original image] by just a few seconds!” By happenstance, Adams created one of his most iconic images, one that is stirring, mysterious, and compelling.
tags: atmosphere, black and white, time, place, landscape, clouds, mountains, southwest, nature, light, environment, ecology