Rebecca A. Senf, assistant curator of the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Ariz., describes the "photo op" in the exhibit catalog: "As the Pontiac sped through the darkening landscape, the small town of Hernandez under the rising moon caught his attention with its rows of lighted white crosses in a small graveyard."
Ms. Senf writes that Mr. Adams quickly pulled the car over and set up his 8-by-10 camera and tripod while creating a not-too-dark and not-too-light exposure level.
Hence one of the best-known scenes of the Southwestern landscape ever shot.
WHEN YOU GO
WHAT: "Ansel Adams"
WHERE: Corcoran Gallery of Art, New York Avenue and 17th Street Northwest
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; closed Tuesdays, through Jan. 27.
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