"In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality."
-- Alfred Stieglitz
I love this. These photos aren't total winners but you can see what he was going for in most. It's also comforting that even Ansel Adams can't just pick up any camera and shoot anything, it takes time and practice when trying something new, and a lot of luck sometimes.
Even if these aren't "peak Ansel Adams" they're pretty damn good. The guy had the eye, and even when he was - in his mind - at his worst, he's better than most people at their best.