Antarctic Dreams essay in Outdoor Photographer Magazine

March 27th, 2014
My latest Outdoor Photographer column has been posted to their website:

Antarctic Dreams The exhilaration of being out of the comfort zone

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Iceberg Arch, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/500 second at f/9.5, ISO 400

Antarctic Dreams – a developing portfolio Part Three

March 25th, 2014

Here is the latest images from my recent trip to Antarctica…

Enjoy!


Glacier and Cloud Shadows, Bransfield Strait, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/3000 second at f/13, ISO 800
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Solar Halo over the Bransfield Strait, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/8000 second at f/13, ISO 400
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Morning light, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/1000 second at f/11, ISO 1600

 


Early morning light, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
January 29, 2014 06:18:31
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/750 second at f/11, ISO 1600

 


Humpback whale breeching, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/1000 second at f/9.5, ISO 1600

 


Icebergs, Cierva Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/350 second at f/16, ISO 1000

 


Chinstrap Penguin, Hydrurga Rocks, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/8000 second at f/13, ISO 800

 


Iceberg Formation, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/350 second at f/8, ISO 400

 


Adelie Penguins, Yalour Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/1000 second at f/11, ISO 400

 


Sculpted Iceberg Wall, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/2000 second at f/13, ISO 400

 


Iceberg at Sunset, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/350 second at f/13, ISO 800

 


Icebergs at Sunset, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014 January 30, 2014 22:04:34
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/1500 second at f/4.5, ISO 800

 


Rolling iceberg, Scontorp Cove in Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsia, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/250 second at f/19, ISO 400

 


Glaciers, Scontorp Cove in Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsia, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III,
1/1500 second at f/19, ISO 800

 


Gentoo Penguin and two chicks, Cuverville Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/1500 second at f/5.6, ISO 400

 


Chinstrap Penguins, Baily Head on Deception Island, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/350 second at f/16, ISO 800

Antarctic Dreams – a developing portfolio Part Two

February 26th, 2014

As many of you might have noticed, I returned three weeks ago from an amazing adventure:  Antarctica By Air - A Unique Luminous Landscape Photographic Workshop with Michael Reichmann and Kevin Raber.

Here is a set of ten new images.  In spite of all the energy I have been putting into editing and processing in the past three weeks, I am shocked and thrilled that I still have many strong images to “finish” and present to you.

I would enjoy your comments and feedback on this selection.  When I have another set of newly processed images, I will let you know!  Also, as new images are created, I am adding them to my Facebook pageGoogle+ or 500px.

Enjoy, and if you Like, please Share!


Ancient crystal Iceberg, Cierva Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/750 second at f/16, ISO 1600

 


Glowing Glacier, Cierva Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/8000 second at f/11, ISO 1600

 


Icebergs, Cierva Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/3000 second at f/11, ISO 800

 


Icebergs and Sunset, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/3000 second at f/5.6, ISO 800

 


Mountain and Iceberg at Twilight, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/500 second at f/5.6, ISO 400

 


Iceberg Detail, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/350 second at f/9.5, ISO 400

 


Iceberg Arch, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/500 second at f/9.5, ISO 400

 


Cliffs and Glaciers at Sunrise, Neumayer Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III,
1/750 second at f/11, ISO 500

 


Icebergs, Neumayer Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III,
1/250 second at f/19, ISO 500

 


Mountains and Glaciers, Scontorp Cove in Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III,
1/1500 second at f/16, ISO 800

Antarctic Dreams – a developing portfolio

February 15th, 2014

Antarctic Dreams – a developing portfolio

I recently returned from an amazing adventure:  Antarctica By Air - A Unique Luminous Landscape Photographic Workshop with Michael Reichmann.

Only three weeks before departure, I was asked to replace an instructor who was unable to go.  Lucky me.  We photographed for five days, and I made 10,000 frames.  I know this amount sounds ridiculous, but the days were very long, the quality of the landscapes and wildlife was epic, and the shooting conditions difficult as we were often photographing from our zodiacs or the ship.  I photographed all images without a tripod, and with little time to deliberate on each composition.  Handholding and using two cameras, one with wide-angle zoom and another with a telephoto zoom, was a constant struggle.  And out of my comfort zone.

I have been editing and post-processing at a frenetic pace, anxious to see, begin to absorb and interpret all that I saw.

Here is a collection of 20 images, chosen only by my spontaneous leaping through my Lightroom catalog.  I am thrilled with the results, but I have a long way to go in my editing.  I plan to develop a portfolio of 40-50 images for a potential ebook, gallery prints and exhibits.

I would enjoy your comments and feedback on this selection.  When I have another set of newly processed images, I will let you know!  As new images are created, I am adding them to my Facebook page, Google+ or 500px.

Enjoy!

Bill


Blue Iceberg, Cierva Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/500 second at f/22, ISO 1600


Crystal Iceberg detail, Cierva Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/250 second at f/22, ISO 1600


Two Humpback Whales and Iceberg, Cierva Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/1500 second at f/11, ISO 800


Chinstrap Penguin, Hydrurga Rocks, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/180 second at f/19, ISO 800

 


Penguin at Dawn, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014 January 30, 2014 05:12:32
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/500 second at f/6.7, ISO 800


Iceberg at Dawn, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
January 30, 2014 05:37:39
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/2000 second at f/2.8, ISO 400


Iceberg formations, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula 2014 January 30, 2014 05:54:08
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/350 second at f/8, ISO 400


Iceberg Towers at Dawn, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
January 30, 2014 05:58:54
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/4000 second at f/2.8, ISO 400


Iceberg Sculpture, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
January 30, 2014 21:50:21
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/125 second at f/19, ISO 800


Sunset, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014 January 30, 2014 22:04:34
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/1500 second at f/6.7, ISO 800


Sunrise, Neumayer Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014 January 31, 2014 05:18:22
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/250 second at f/13, ISO 1250


Morning Light, Neumayer Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014 January 31, 2014 07:10:43
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/250 second at f/13, ISO 200


Glacier, Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsia, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III,
1/6000 second at f/6.7, ISO 400


Glacier and mountains, Scontorp Cove in Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsia, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III,
1/3000 second at f/6.7, ISO 400


Calving Glacier, Scontorp Cove in Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsia, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III,
1/6000 second at f/9.5, ISO 800


Gentoo Penguins and solar halo, Cuverville Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM,
1/250 second at f/22, ISO 100


Gentoo Penguin and two chicks, Cuverville Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/1000 second at f/9.5, ISO 400


Gentoo Penguin colony, Cuverville Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/250 second at f/32, ISO 400


Chinstrap Penguins, Baily Head on Deception Island, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/500 second at f/11, ISO 800


Icebergs at Sunset, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/8000 second at f/5.6, ISO 800

My Top Ten Images from 2013

January 17th, 2014

I have finally assembled my top images of 2013. First, I am listing the Top Ten voted by the readers.

Top Ten Images by Vote:
33.  Autumn Sunset, El Capitan and the Merced River
35.  Dogwood and Forest, autumn 18.  Morning Mist at dawn, Yosemite Valley
29.  Autumn Oaks and Snowstorm, El Capitan Meadow
1.   Frozen bubbles and grasses along the Merced River
8.   Cottonwood Impressions
27.  Sweetgum tree in autumn
11.  Sunbeams and waterfall
4.  Stone and Pine Needles
34.  Black oaks and granite wall, autumn
TO REVIEW My Favorite Photographs of 2013, CLICK HERE.

Below I have included my personal Top Ten, shown in no particular order.  There is some overlap between the two lists, but I decided to depend on my own sense of image success from four decades of making images.  As I mentioned in my last post, “My criteria for that final selection will be based on which images I feel best represent my vision and style.”  Picking out these ten images is like picking out what to print for an exhibit.  That is not to say I won’t use the others in posts or online galleries.  In fact, the Black and White image of roses has already been selected for publishing as a poster. One of my more popular photographs on Facebook was excluded from my original list of 37 images I don’t feel that it “transcended the cliche” of its location.  You can check it out on my Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1gMoeop.

Thanks to all of those who voted, and to all of you who follow my photography.  As some of you might know, I am frantically getting ready to go to Antarctica in a week!  Here is more info on the trip:  http://www.luminous-landscape.com/workshops/antarctica_by_air_2014.shtml.

Cheers,  Bill

35.  Dogwood and Forest, autumn, Yosemite National Park, California 2013 Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/3 second at f/8, ISO 100 Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 
2.  Ice patterns and grasses along the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2013 Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM, 1/2 second at f/32, ISO 100 Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 

18.  Morning Mist at dawn, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2013 Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/90 second at f/16, ISO 100 Copyright © 2013 William Neill
22.  Corn Lily Leaves, Yosemite National Park, California 2013 Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__50 mm__EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro 2.0 sec at f / 32__ISO 200 Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 

11.  Sunbeams and waterfall, Sierra Nevada, California 2013 Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1.50 second at f/16, ISO 100 Copyright © 2013 William Neill
17.  Morning Mist over Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2013 Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM, 1/10 second at f/16, ISO 100 Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 

19.  Dogwood and Morning Light, Yosemite National Park, California 2013 Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM, 1/1 second at f/32, ISO 200 Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 

29.  Autumn Oaks and Snowstorm, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California 2013 Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM, 1/15 second at f/6.7, ISO 400 Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 

31.  Cottonwood leaves and cloud reflections, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2013 Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM, 1/60 second at f/16, ISO 400 Copyright © 2013 William Neill
33.  Autumn Sunset, El Capitan and the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2013 Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 2 second at f/13, ISO 100 Copyright © 2013 William Neill