Yosemite Autumn Explorations

November 26th, 2014

During late October and early November, I spent seven days in Yosemite Valley working with private students.  We explored many of my favorite locations along the Merced River and in the many meadows around the Valley.

During these sessions, I worked closely with each student on refining their compositions, handling various lighting conditions and dealing with any technical issues that arose.  One of my main focuses while teaching is helping with aesthetic decisions to better enable them to express their own personal response and vision of the landscape before them.  When working one to one and side by side, I can show you my own decision-making process as I create new images. I also worked with those students interested in how I create my Impressions of Light images.

if you are interested in learning from me, see my Yosemite Private Workshops!  To see photographs by those who have attended my sessions, visit my Flickr group page which includes images from all seasons!

Below is a small portfolio from our sessions. Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below, tell your favorite photographs, and share with friends.

To all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving Day, Happy Thanksgiving!   I am so thankful for the love of my friends and family, and the profound beauty I see in the world around me everyday.  I am also thankful for the gift of being able to share my photographs with others for the past 30 years.  Thank you for following!

Ride the Light,  Bill

 

 


Autumn Elm and Sunbeams, Cook’s Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/180 second at f/22, ISO 200
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Yellow Maples, Cedar and Pine, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1.50 second at f/16, ISO 640
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Sunrise over Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/20 second at f/19, ISO 200
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Cottonwoods reflected, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/6 second at f/22, ISO 100
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Maples Leaves and Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM +2x,
1 second at f/45, ISO 400
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Grasses reflected in the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/2 second at f/22, ISO 200
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Grasses and El Capitan reflected in the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/6 second at f/32, ISO 200
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Moonrise over Half Dome and Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM +2x,
1/60 second at f/9.5, ISO 320
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Grasses reflected, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/45 second at f/19, ISO 400
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Autumn Leaves and Ripples, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
1/250 second at f/2.8, ISO 800
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Ripples, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
1/500 second at f/2.8, ISO 800
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Grasses reflected, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1000 second at f/2.8, ISO 800
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Grasses and reflections in the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/350 second at f/2.8, ISO 200
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Maple leaf reflected in the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/60 second at f/4.5, ISO 320
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Yellow Maples and Granite Boulder, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1 second at f/22, ISO 400
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Thimbleberry Leaves, autumn, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
2 second at f/32, ISO 400
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

Aspen Explorations

October 24th, 2014

Last week, I spent three days in Lee Vining working with a private student.  We explored the local canyons where the aspen were showing good color, as well as photographing at Mono Lake for two sunrises.  Here is a small portfolio from our sessions.

Please let me know your thoughts and favs, and if you are interested in learning from me, see my Yosemite Private Workshops!

Ride the Light!   Bill

 


Sunrise at South Tufas, Mono Lake Tufa-State Natural Reserve, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/60 second at f/13, ISO 800
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Aspen in autumn, June Lake Loop, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/4 second at f/19, ISO 400
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Aspen Forest Impressions , June Lake Loop, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1 second at f/19, ISO 100
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Aspen backit, June Lake Loop, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/20 second at f/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Autumn Reflections, Lundy Canyon, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/15 second at f/32, ISO 400
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Last Light, Conway Summit, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/15 second at f/19, ISO 200
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Sunrise over Negit Island and Tufas, Mono Lake Tufa-State Natural Reserve, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/2 second at f/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Aspen Leaves, Lee Vining Canyon, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
3 second at f/32, ISO 200
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

Great photo backpack from MindShift!

October 13th, 2014

When I traveled to Antarctica, I needed a new photo pack for shooting without the need to put the bag down while photographing from the Zodiac rafts or landings at Penguin colonies. The MindShift Gear rotation 180 was just what I needed.

MindShift Gear has just announced two new additions to their line-up of award winning rotating outdoor backpacks.
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With the rotation180° Trail you can hike, mountain bike, ski, and birdwatch without breaking stride. No more removing a cumbersome backpack to access camera gear or trail essentials. In one swift motion, you can rotate the beltpack and grab your gear without taking your eyes off of wildlife or disrupting your creative momentum. It fits any 1.5 liter or a 2 liter CamelBak water reservoir, a light jacket and an extra layer, binoculars, compass, trail books, maps and more. This 2-in-1 bag’s beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light.
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The rotation180°® Travel Away is the first rotating backpack for global travelers and outdoor explorers. When traveling in unfamiliar places, knowing where critical items are and protecting them from prying eyes are very important. In one swift motion, only the wearer can rotate the concealed beltpack to the front for instantaneous and secure access to cameras, passports, guidebooks, tablets, or other travel essentials. No more being forced to stop in front of strangers to remove a backpack to gain access to essential travel items. The backpack also has dedicated pockets to conceal a 15” laptop and 10” tablet, while the beltpack can fit an 8” tablet.
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Sierra Art Trails Open Studio – Friday through Sunday, October 3rd, 4th and 5th – 10 AM to 6 PM

October 1st, 2014
Morning Mist at dawn, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2013

Morning Mist at dawn, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2013

My home will be open for Sierra Art Trails again this year – on October 3, 4 and 5. I love sharing my photography with our guests. Here is a photograph of our living room all decked out with photographs. I will also be holding live digital capture and processing demonstrations. If you are out of the area, now is the time to book a room in Oakhurst for a weekend of Art!

Please share with your friends!

Sierra Art Trails 2014
Yosemite Foothills Open Studio Tour
Friday through Sunday, October 3rd, 4th and 5th – 10 AM to 6 PM

Your catalog is your “Ticket for Two” to Sierra Art Trails. The catalog includes details on attending the show, a list of artists, an example of their work, their viewing locations, and a detailed map to get you there. Sierra Art Trails.

Sierra Art Trails copy

The top photograph is a recent image from 2013 that I just printed for Sierra Art Trails which starts at 10am on Friday.

To celebrate this year’s open studio tour AND 30 years of William Neill Photography, I am offering large discounts on the large number of fine art prints in my inventory. If you are interested in acquiring a signed photograph of mine, the sale begins at 10AM Friday and ends at 6PM on Sunday Oct 5. Contact me via FB message with any questions, the price for any given print, or if you want to purchase. PayPal or Credit Card payments are accepted.

Keep coming back here to see other images that are part of this sale.

Autumn Sunset, El Capitan and the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2013

Enjoy and please Share if you Like!

#landscapephotography, #yosemitenationalpark, #yosemitephotography,#fineartphotography

William Neill Photography from 1996

September 17th, 2014

We have now moved on to 1996 in Celebrating 30 Years of my business.  1995 is a hard year to top, but here we go anyway!

To read my full post, see my 7 images selected and add your comments, please visit:
http://www.williamneill.com/blog/index.php/2014/09/celebrating-30-years-1996/

The photographs here reflect my travels that year, including a spring trip to New England to work on a New England book of my landscape photography.  Sadly, the publisher pulled my contract before I could finish.  I also photographed a major assignment for Canon USA’s corporate calendar for 1997 with the theme on national parks which took me to Texas, Kentucky, Florida and Colorado besides California locations.

Enjoy, and please Share if you Like!  All photographs created with a Wista 4×5 field camera, and 4×5 inch transparency film.

#landscapephotography #nationalpark #largeformatphotography


Half Dome and Tenaya Canyon at sunset from Washburn Point, Yosemite National Park, California 1996
Copyright © 1996 William Neill

 


Mt. Dana and Mt. Gibbs reflected in the Tuolumne River at sunset, Yosemite National Park, California 1996
Copyright © 1996 William Neill

 


Kelp, MacKerricher State Beach, California, 1996
Copyright © 1996 William Neill

 


Clearing storm at dawn, Santa Rosa Island, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida 1996
Copyright © 1996 William Neill

 


Birches and mist, White Mountains, New Hampshire 1996
Copyright © 1996 William Neill

 


Veratrum, Granville Gulf State Park, Green Mountains, Vermont
Copyright © 1996 William Neill

 

Incense cedars with snow, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California  1996
Copyright © 1996 William Neill