Ansel Adams developed in the 1930ies a technique that made pictures with strong contrast possible without creating boring areas that are just plain white or plain black. Even in the brightest and darkest parts of the image there are details visible. The most famous examples are the pictures he took in the Yosemite National Park in California.
In 1997 I tried my humble best to make use of this technique. Alas the negatives of my pictures have not even 2% of the area of Ansel Adams' 8" x 10" negatives. Also, I did not wait three weeks for the right light :-)
Click on the image to see 4 more pictures of Yosemite Park.