First is Ansel Adams for his command of landscapes and depth of field. The picture to the left is one he took in 1950 entitled White Branches, Mono Lake. You are instantly drawn to the white branch because its bright and its the main focus. But when you step back, you can see all the way across the lake. Most of his pictures are like this. Each picture has a main focus but then widens into something more.
Even more of what I found fansiting is that Adams was a musician before he was a photographer. His transition began when he met Albert Bender. Bender was the one who pushed Adams to publish his portfolio. What else that I love about Adams is that he used his photography as a voice for his activism. Adams loved the wilderness and the environment and he did his part to see it preserved.
There are a few other pictures of Adams that I like. Bridalveil Fall, Leaf, Siesta Lake and Nevada Falls are just a couple. For more information and to look at more of his work http://www.anseladams.com/
Another photographer I like is Annie Leibovitz. She shoots celebrities but she finds a way to show them in a true & artistic way. Her job at Rolling Stone Magazine fascinates me. It's amazing and sad at the same time, her photo of John Lennon. How John Lennon is naked and kissing Yoko shows that he is comfortable yet vulnerable at the same time. Also that he is loving.