A California-based photographer who blogs under the pseudonym Thomas Hawk spent two days in Yosemite with none other than Michael Adams, Ansel Adams's son, and interviewed Michael for a video which we can't wait to see. In the meantime, Hawk has put together a list of 10 things he learned about Ansel from his son.
Most interestingly, number 1 on the list is that Ansel would have loved and embraced digital photography. This jibes with everything I'd heard. In discussing Ansel over the years with people who knew him, such as Julia Scully, former editor of Modern Photography, and the late Herbert Keppler, Adams was indeed interested in digital in its early days and saw its potential.
To quote from Thomas Hawk's blog post: "When I asked Michael how his dad might view digital photography, Photoshop, etc. today, he told me that he thought his dad would love it and very much be involved with it."
I know Ansel's interest (or lack thereof) in digital has been debated endlessly by people who studied the Zone system but never met Adams. I'd say this conclusively answers that debate!
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View some rough videos of Michael Adams by Hawk's trekking partner and videographer Robert Scoble