Playing Ansel Adams With Your iPhone

The West has always inspired photography, but these days travelers are doing it with their smartphones.

By Peter Holley November 25, 2013

There is something about the American West that demands documentation. Ansel Adams captured it best, of course, finding ingenious ways to fit the grandeur of entire landscapes inside his lens. Today a new generation of photographers—Kevin Russ, Brenton Clark, Cole Rise and many more—are turning to smartphones to document the natural world and distributing the results on social media forums like Instagram.

In the right landscape, foggy whites, deep blues, and soothing browns can be brought to life with the perfect filter, and it's great to have a platform to shoot, process, and distribute your photographs in your pocket. Earlier this month my girlfriend and I packed into an SUV and headed west on our own insta-venture (yes, I just wrote that!). Our destinatios were Marfa, Big Bend National Park, and wherever else we might end up. Along the way, I ditched my fancy DSLR and decided to document the trip via Instagram, abiding by the truism that the best camera is the one you have in your hand (and/or pocket). 

Check out the photos below...

R.S. Park outside Marfa.

Food Shark truck in downtown Marfa.

Horse outside Terlingua, Texas on a rainy day.

Ft. Davis fall.

Marfa sheep dog.

Big Bend National Park.

Terlingua miners' cemetery.

Horse near Big Bend National Park.

Emory Peak (7.825 ft.), Big Bend National Park.

Lajitas miners' cemetery.

Big Bend National Park.

"Balanced Rock," Big Bend National Park.

Big Bend National Park.

Sunset in Terlingua Ghost Town.

Hiking among the rocks in Big Bend National Park.



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