There are multiple White Houses in the US. The most famous one is better not to be mentioned at this moment as it is a complete embarrassment. Luckily enough there are other White Houses which are quite inspiring.
This is an old image taken at Canyon de Chelly with a fresh post-processing approach. Getting to this spot is easy, getting back to the car not so much …
It is not very easy to take a shot of this place. Ansel Adams visited the White House himself and created an iconic photograph. I saw an original print in Santa Fe several years ago. The price tag was US$ 185,000!!! Getting beyond his creation is a challenge. This has been the reason for me to hesitate so long (8 years) to present my own .
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Great to see you. It's been a long time ago since I was in Canyon de Chelly. I was still using D20, my photos were not really that great and I don't remember if I got this close. I did remember seeing from the trail down. Anyway, a fantastic and fascinating place and just imagine how much work the people do to bring food up here to store....I acutally didn't know Ansel Adam had photograph White House, but than again I'm not surprise to learn that he did and sure the price has lot of zeros in it. I understand your hesitation with that knowledge. Since I have never seen his version, so I'll just enjoyed this from a fresh perspective. Now I'm going to look for Mr. Adam version and come back to continue my comments. Excellent shot as always, PB style.
ps. I did look at AA version, pretty classic, but you did as well and the black and white make it classic and therefore make the viewers want to compare to AA. Maybe keeping it in color can avoid the comparison and with certain light condition it will hold its own other than the similar subject. with the new tech and equipment, I think you actually captured more detail of the rock formation.
Fantastic b/w treatment and composition, Peter. By including a large piece of the huge rock wall above the houses, it looks even more impressive. You manged to get the "curve" showing how they were proteced by it. Ansel had the advantage that very often he was alone, no streets were built or cars in the way etc. This happend to me in Taos with the church, there is a car park in front of it now and especially during lunch hour it is fully packed. There is no way to make similar images as he did from some of the places, at least it is a hassle. Ha, guess what, when I was visiting Canyon de Chelly, they had a half marthon with folks running through the canyon. It was kind of awesome seeing tribal folks jogging through their own land. I did not climb down but have some zoom versions from the other side.
Difficult to justify that price tag even though it is Ansel Adams. Usually the images bringing the big bucks are the ones that are networked round the world with some major event or other.
I haven't seen Adam's version so I can't compare. I do know you have done a great job with it. A landscape version might have been tempting but then we wouldn't have that wonderful sweep of rock. I love how the lines sweep towards the houses.
I do like the B&W with sepia tint, but I am curious what is the original colour.
This is really an impressive area. The b&w works well giving to the composition an intemporal aspect. It also reinforce the "white house" denomination. It could be a very good place for the actual inhabitant of the "other" white house, specially if you cannot connect to the social networks from there LoL.
It must be a little scary to live there with all this mountain above the head.
I have never been to Canyon de Chelly, been by it a couple of times. All I can say is well done. I did look up the AA image to compare, I remember seeing it, as there really is no comparison. But I think you have suceeded in producing a very nice image of the WH ruins. A very nice quality of tones from black to white.
I remember having seen the picture of Ansel Adams, it was more contrasted because the sun was on the cliff. It's amazing to think of thoses who had the idea to built a village in this spot. I like the various vertical layers a geologist could explain
For $ 185,000 I could fly there in a rented plane, stay at a 5-star hotel, purchase a brand new Nikon and photograph it myself. And the activity would give me more excitement than owning an original Ansel Adams which I would have guard with my life for the rest of my earthly years. Your photo is quite nice, too.