Ansel Adams - Tenaya Creek, Dogwood, Rain
Yosemite National Park, 1948

A photograph from a spring day when dogwood blossoms are emerging in the woods.

Tenaya Creek, Dogwood, Rain
Ansel Adams
View price and framing options

The making of the picture

Adams was out searching for such dogwood displays one spring day in Yosemite and spotted possible opportunities near Tenaya Creek. After parking the car and investigating further he found a suitable situation some six hundred feet from the road, he returned to the car to retrieve his 8 x 10 in view camera and set about capturing this image.

Just about to give up for the day in the light rain that was starting to fall, instead the focusing cloth was used to keep the rain off the camera. The gently falling rain gives an special diffusion of the light and of the mid-range values adding detail and richness. An exposure of 1/2 a second was achieved in the still conditions and gives a slight blurriness to the flowing water of the stream.

The dogwood flowers are the white areas amongst the foliage to the left and mid-right of the picture. In actual fact the "flowers" are bracts of coloured leaves surrounding the real flowers which are small and insignificant by comparison.

Adams was never really able to express in words the feelings and emotions that he wished to convey in a picture. Pictures such as this one were very strongly imagined before they were taken or discovered - "As with many photographs, this picture opportunity seemed to be waiting for me; the visualization was immediate and complete". Adams felt that trying to describe the photographers emotional and aesthetic intentions would confuse the viewer and limit their response to the picture produced.

Own Tenaya Creek, Dogwood, Rain, by Ansel Adams
View price and framing options

Ansel Adams 2016 Wall Calendar

Featuring an exemplary selection of iconic Ansel Adams photographs, the Wall Calendar is an annual bestseller.

The 2016 Wall Calendar features exquisite, high-quality reproductions of Adams' photographs carefully selected and ordered to reflect the changing seasons. These stunning images-majestic mountain vistas, intimate nature studies, and landscapes of the American West-will delight all year long. A classic and popular now as ever, the Ansel Adams Wall Calendar is an elegant addition to any home or office.
Ansel Adams 2016 Engagement Calendar

The classic desk calendar, featuring faithfully reproduced images from the Ansel Adams archive alongside helpful organizing features.

The 2016 Engagement Calendar features a wide range of Ansel Adams' most beloved images, all impeccably printed in duotone to the high standards established by Adams himself. From iconic National Parks photographs to intricate nature and architectural studies, the selection features images both familiar and rarely seen. Ample space for recording appointments and a section of monthly calendars are provided for long-term planning. Elegant and practical, the Engagement Calendar is the perfect desk organizer and an attractive gift.

Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs
Presenting the full spectrum of Adams' work in a single volume for the first time, offering the largest available compilation from his legendary photographic career. Beautifully produced and presented in an attractive landscape trim, this will appeal to a general gift-book audience as well as Adams' legions of dedicated fans and students.
Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs
Details of the technical skill and artistry behind the photographs. Each of Adams 40 photographs presented here is accompanied by an engaging narrative that explores the technical and aesthetic problems presented by the subject and includes reminiscences of the places and people involved.

Bibliography - Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs by Ansel E. Adams