Ansel Adams, in Dave’s Words

It was dream come true to have the opportunity to visit Yosemite National Park to be able to recreate the works of Ansel Adams, an artist whose images are burnt into my brain. This is a classic Ansel Adams view and even the daily photo tours that happen in the park stop here to take their own perspective of the valley. The imposing Half Dome peers over the landscape on the left of the photograph and I wondered to myself, how many hours did Adams spend looking at this extraordinary scene.

Since it is such an iconic location, I decided to make my photograph in black and white as well to pay tribute to his work. While nobody can ever imitate the master, it is a special feeling to be able to walk in his footsteps and witness the scenes that he has so perfectly captured.


A classic Ansel Adams view in the Yosemite Valley, California

Ansel Adams Photograph that we bought and have kept all these years.

snow in pine forestPine Forest in the Snow by Ansel Adams
Dave has been a fan of Ansel Adams for as long as I can remember. Long before he himself went into photography Dave studied and admired Adam’s iconic photographs taken of Yosemite National Park. Early in our relationship, one of the first prints that we bought together was an Ansel Adams print. We don’t have a home now and almost everything we own is in storage, but one of the few pieces we kept was our Ansel Adams photograph. It’s now hanging in the downstairs bedroom of my parents house so that we can enjoy it whenever we are home. After seeing Dave’s spectacular photographs from our time in Yosemite, I think we are going to have to add one of his prints to put up beside our favourite photograph of the Snow on Pines.

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    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks Laurel. I agree, he’s getting better and better each day and he’s so quick at capturing his images as well. I think that is a true talent of travel photography. He always has a very limited windwo to capture any shot. There’s not a lot of time for set up and he always has a limited window with grabbing photos between waves of crowds.

  1. Glenn Guy

    Despite new technologies, workflow and changing fashion Ansel Adams remains one of the all time greats. He’s still one of my all time favorite photographers.

    Congrats to Dave on a lovely image. It brought back many of my own memories associated with learning photography in the days of the darkroom. And the work of Ansel Adams (great photographer, master printer, educator and environmentalist) provided me with inspiration and drive during what was then a long and hard learning curve.

    Thanks for the great post. And Dave, stay true my friend. As long as you do you’re living the dream.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thank you for the compliment Glenn it means a lot coming from a fellow photographer. I agree with you immensely, staying true to oneself is the key to happiness.

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