The plates include: Sierra Junipers; The Abode of Snow; Monolith: The Face of Half Dome; From Glacier Point; On the Heights; A Grove of Tamarack Pine; Mount Clarence King; Roaring River Falls; Marion Lake; El Capitan; Banner Peak - Thousand Island Lake; Mount Brewer; Kearsarge Pinnacles; The Sentinel; Lower Paradise Valley; East Vidette and Cloud and Mountain.
Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras was Adam's first selection of photographs, consisting of eighteen prints on Kodak Vitava Athena Parchment T paper. Joseph N. LeConte, reviewing it for the Sierra Club Bulletin in 1928 found each print "of exquisite composition, each as technically perfect as it is possible to be produced. The fact that they are the handiwork of Ansel Adams is sufficient to guarantee their artistic perfection to members of our club. The artist has attempted, and with great sucess, to suggest the scenery of the Sierra Nevada in a more pictorial sense than by literal representation. By keeping to a simple and rather austere style, the prints assume a dignity and beauty which is not generally conveyed by photography." (The Eloquent Light, p. 50.)