My Favorite Photographs of 2016

December 29th, 2016

Greetings from the Sierra Nevada. It is that time of year again when we all look back at the events of that last year, and look forward to the year ahead. Many photographers have developed the good habit of editing a collection of their favorite images for the year. The process of self-assessment is a vital part of artistic growth. In the day-to-day rush of life, we don’t often stop to see trends in our own image-making. By turning back the clock, we can see if we’re stuck in a rut or are hopefully making great progress.

I have included capture details, date and time of exposure, in chronological order. I hope you will visit my blog and add your comments or favorites at the bottom of the page.

May 2017 brings you joy, peace, and exciting photographic opportunities. Cheers to a happy and healthy New Year!   Bill


Vernal pools, Little Table Mountain, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 16-35mm F2.8,
1/60 second at f/14, ISO 100
2/2/16 9:42:36 AM

 

 


Purple Plum Blossoms, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/60 second at f/20, ISO 400
3/6/16 8:10:59 AM

 

 


Raindrops and Agave ovatifolia ‘Vanzie’, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 50mm F2.5,
1/6 second at f/22, ISO 100
3/14/16 10:37:07 AM

 

 


Succulent, Clovis, California 2016
Jag.gr-PureShot for Apple iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2,
1/30 second at f/2.2, ISO 80
3/15/16 9:24:41 AM

 

 


Succulent #2, Clovis, California 2016
Jag.gr-PureShot for Apple iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2,
1/30 second at f/2.2, ISO 40
3/15/16 9:25:04 AM

 

 


Two Oaks and morning mist, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 16-35mm F2.8,
1/50 second at f/20, ISO 100
3/22/16 8:00:59 AM

 

 


Tree and wall, Oakhurst, California 2016
Jag.gr-PureShot for Apple iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2,
1/30 second at f/2.2, ISO 25
4/18/16 3:42:53 PM

 

 


Dawn Mist and Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
10.00 second at f/14, ISO 100
4/23/16 5:54:22 AM

 

 


Dogwood and Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1 second at f/16, ISO 100
5/2/16 7:32:13 PM

 

 


Backlit maple leaves and Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/1 second at f/18, ISO 200
5/3/16 6:45:27 PM

 

 


Morning Mist at dawn, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/2 second at f/18, ISO 100
5/9/16 6:04:44 AM

 

 


Rising Mist at dawn, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/2 second at f/32, ISO 100
5/9/16 6:22:55 AM

 

 


SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/13 second at f/20, ISO 100
5/9/16 6:26:23 AM

 


Sunrise Mist, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/400 second at f/18, ISO 100
5/9/16 6:36:35 AM

 

 


Bridalveil Fall and Maple Leaves, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4,
1/640 second at f/16, ISO 400
5/18/16 1:08:17 PM

 

 


Salsify Seeds at sunset, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/1600 second at f/3.5, ISO 125
6/5/16 7:15:17 AM

 

 


Bridalveil Fall and mist, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/1250 second at f/10, ISO 200
6/22/16 1:19:23 PM

 

 


Lower Yosemite Fall triptych, Yosemite National Park, California 2016

 

 

 


Pebbles, Montaña de Oro State Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/6 second at f/22, ISO 100
8/7/16 7:13:51 PM

 

 


Rock formations and surf, at Montaña de Oro State Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1.30 second at f/32, ISO 100
8/7/16 7:39:45 PM

 

 


Forest reflections, Manzanita Lake, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/25 second at f/8, ISO 400
9/23/16 5:54:57 PM

 

 


Autumn Elm and Mist, Yosemite National Park, California
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/30 second at f/25, ISO 125
10/21/16 8:07:57 AM

 

 


Maple Leaves and Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/3 second at f/25, ISO 320
10/21/16 4:35:17 PM

 

 


Cottonwoods, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/4 second at f/22, ISO 100
10/22/16 10:26:09 AM

 

 


Half Dome, Elm and Sunbeams, Yosemite National Park, California
ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4,
1/250 second at f/16, ISO 400
10/29/16 8:19:06 AM

 

 


Half Dome and Elm at sunrise, Yosemite National Park, California
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4,
1/1000 second at f/20, ISO 400
10/29/16 8:23:40 AM

 

 


Maple Leaves along the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1.60 second at f/22, ISO 100
10/29/16 4:57:30 PM

 

 


Autumn Oaks in the Mist, Yosemite National Park
ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4,
1/50 second at f/16, ISO 100
10/31/16 9:19:31 AM

 

 


Black Oaks and Sunbeams, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4,
1/50 second at f/16, ISO 100
10/31/16 9:20:25 AM

 

 


Rock, Tree and Waterfall, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
2 second at f/19, ISO 100
11/1/16 7:46:51 AM

 

 


Cliffs and Mist, Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4,
1/30 second at f/18, ISO 100
11/1/16 9:24:15 AM

 

 


Gathering Autumn Storm, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4,
1/60 second at f/18, ISO 100
11/1/16 10:05:16 AM

 

 


Clouds at Sunset, El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/13 second at f/18, ISO 100
11/1/16 5:49:01 PM

 

 


Rapids and Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4,
5.00 second at f/22, ISO 100
11/5/16 10:29:36 AM

 

 


Forest Reflections and Rapids, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
2 second at f/32, ISO 100
11/7/16 11:15:39 AM

 

 


Maple Leaves, the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/2 second at f/29, ISO 100
11/7/16 11:49:18 AM

 

 


Ice, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/2 second at f/22, ISO 125
12/1/16 10:22:00 AM

 

 


Oak and Purple Plum leaves, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
5.00 second at f/29, ISO 100
12/10/16 2:38:38 PM

 

 


Ice formations, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
2 second at f/16, ISO 100
12/17/16 9:35:04 AM

 

 


Ice forms, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/3 second at f/20, ISO 100
12/19/16 9:19:01 AM

 

 


Purple Plum leaves and frost, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/2 second at f/18, ISO 100
12/19/16 9:45:25 AM

 

 


Crystalline Ice forms, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
2 second at f/32, ISO 100
12/25/16 10:04:10 AM

 

 


Ice curves, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/25 second at f/18, ISO 100
12/25/16 10:11:31 AM

 

 


Ice patterns, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/40 second at f/18, ISO 100
12/27/16 9:48:48 AM

 

Favorite Photographs of 2014

December 27th, 2016

NOTE: I am reposting my Favorite Photographs of 2014 due to a past crash of my blog site…

 

Happy New Year!  I finally put together my favorite photographs from 2014.  It is always helpful to take the occasional assessment of our own creative progress. You might be interested in reading an essay I wrote on the subject five years ago in my On Landscape column for Outdoor Photographer on this subject.  Since I started teaching private workshop sessions in Yosemite, I’ve been visiting Yosemite Valley much more often so you will see a batch of new Yosemite images taken this past year.

If you have been following my work this past year, you know that my big trip of the year was to Antarctica last January. Click here to read my Outdoor Photographer magazine On Landscape column, and recent Antarctic Dreams portfolio in OP and see below!

I have numbered each image, which will make it easier for you to let me know which ones are your favorites.  It will be fun and helpful for me to have your feedback.  I will value a list of favs, or general thoughts on what work you respond to the most.  After I assess your feedback, I will then make a final edit of 10-15 that are my top selects of the year.  My criteria for that final selection will be based on which images I feel best represents my personal vision and style rather than the most popular ones.  If you have your own post of top images for 2014, please add your link in your comments below.

I look forward to your comments and favorites for my 2014 portfolio.  Enjoy and please share with your friends!

I wish you a year full of the gifts of nature, peace and love,  Bill

PS  The photographs below are in chronological order.

Yosemite Private Workshops

 


Clouds and Shadows, Bransfield Strait, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/8000 second at f/9.5, ISO 800


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


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


Blue Icebergs, Cierva Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/750 second at f/22, 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


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


Two 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

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/180 second at f/13, ISO 800


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


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


Iceberg Arch, Pleneau 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


Crabeater seal resting on an iceberg, 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 Sculpture, Pleneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/125 second at f/19, ISO 800


Sunset, Pleneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/1500 second at f/6.7, ISO 800


Rolling iceberg, Scontorp Cove in Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, 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 Peninsula, 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


Mountains and Glaciers at Scontorp Cove, 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


Chinstrap Penguins entering surf, Baily Head on Deception Island, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/3000 second at f/8, ISO 800


Chinstrap Penguins, Baily Head on Deception Island, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/1500 second at f/13, ISO 1250


Young Antarctic fur seal, Baily Head on Deception Island, Anarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/250 second at f/9.5, ISO 1250


Roses II
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro,
6 second at f/22, ISO 100


Waterfall on Lee Vining Creek, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/3 second at f/19, ISO 100


Seastacks at Sunset, Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park. Washington 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
3 second at f/22, ISO 100


Ferns, Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, Washington 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM,
15 second at f/19, ISO 100


Avalanche Lily, Olympic National Park, Washington 2014
iPhone 5, iPhone 5 back camera 4.12mm f/2.4,
1/200 second at f/2.4, ISO 50


Backlit Aspen, June Lake Loop, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM,
1/250 second at f/16, ISO 640


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


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


Aspen Forest Impressions #3 , Lee Vining Canyon, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
3 second at f/9.5, ISO 100


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Maple leaf and autumn reflections, 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


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


River otters, American River, Sacramento, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM,
1/350 second at f/5.6, ISO 1250

Best Photographs of 2015

December 16th, 2016

It is that time of year again for Best of the Year photographs. Except that last year I did not post a Best of 2015. So here it is. Better late than never they say. I’ve included 40 photographs shown in chronological order, enough to give you a sense of the range of styles and subjects I explored.  No exotic adventurous travel in 2015 like my Antarctica trip in 2014.

In August, I made a switch in to the Sony A7R2 camera. I wrote an essay about the switch in my Outdoor Photographer Magazine column. Nothing revolutionary or new in my thoughts, just some excitement about the improved technology of the latest sensors.

I’d love to get your feedback in the Comments below.

NOTE:   I still am using my Canon lenses using the Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Lens Mount Mark IV Adapter. When I exported these images from Adobe Lightroom to my WordPress, the software reads the file data to show the wrong lenses, Sony instead of Canon.

 


Crystalline ice formation Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
3 second at f/16, ISO 100

 


Ice Crystals, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
1/2 second at f/6.7, ISO 100

 


Crystal Ice and oak leaf, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
1/1 second at f/16, ISO 100

 


Ice and Grasses, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
1 second at f/19, ISO 100

 


Ice and Grass, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
1.50 second at f/19, ISO 100

 


Cottonwood Impressions, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/6 second at f/32, ISO 100

 


Winter Forest, Pocono Mountains, Deleware State Forest, Pennsylvania 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/6 second at f/22, ISO 100

 


Dogwood Blossoms and Sky, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/750 second at f/9.5, ISO 800

 


Dogwood Blossom, early spring, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/90 second at f/5.6, ISO 400

 


Dogwood blooming, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1.50 second at f/32, ISO 200

 


Dogwood Blossoms, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1 second at f/27, ISO 200

 


Dogwood Blossom Tapestry, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1 second at f/22, ISO 400

 


Dogwood Blossom Sunset, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1.50 second at f/32, ISO 800

 


Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/2000 second at f/8, ISO 200

 


Lupine Impressions, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1 second at f/8, ISO 200

 


El Capitan reflected in Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM +2x,
1/4 second at f/19, ISO 100

 


Bridalveil Fall and clouds, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1000 second at f/3.5, ISO 100

 


Half Dome and Clearing Spring Storm, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/350 second at f/19, ISO 200

 


Morro Bay Impressions, Morro Bay, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1 second at f/13, ISO 100

 


Sunset , Morro Bay, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1 second at f/27, ISO 100

 


Sunset and surf, Morro Bay, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/2 second at f/22, ISO 100

 


Gull, surf and fog, Morro Bay, California 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1 second at f/27, ISO 100

 


Ripples and reflection #2, La Mirada, California 2015
ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/1000 second at f/2.8, ISO 100

 


Ripples and reflection, La Mirada, California 2015
ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/1000 second at f/2.8, ISO 100

 


Ripples and reflection #3, La Mirada, California 2015
ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/640 second at f/2.8, ISO 100

 


Japanese Sea Nettle (Chrysaora pacifica), Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California
ILCE-7RM2, 16-35mm F2.8 G SSM II,
1/250 second at f/8, ISO 3200

 


Japanese Sea Nettle (Chrysaora pacifica), Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California
ILCE-7RM2, 16-35mm F2.8 G SSM II,
1/200 second at f/8, ISO 3200

 


Pebbles 2015
ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1 second at f/16, ISO 100

 


Rocks and Surf, Big Sur, California
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
30 second at f/14, ISO 400

 


Sunrise, Rocks and Surf, Monterey Bay, Pacific Grove, California
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
8 second at f/22, ISO 100

 


Rocks and Surf, Pacific Grove, California
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
30 second at f/29, ISO 100

 


Calla Lily Flowers 2015
PureShot for Apple iPhone 5, iPhone 5 back camera 4.12mm f/2.4,
1/20 second at f/2.4, ISO 50

 


Big-Leaf Maple fallen on windshield, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park,
PureShot for iOS, iPhone 6s Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2,
1/30 second at f/2.2, ISO 160

 


Autumn Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/8 second at f/16, ISO 400

 


Autumn Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/10 second at f/13, ISO 400

 


Autumn Oaks and Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/5 second at f/16, ISO 400

 


Fog and Pecan Grove, Clovis, California 2015
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/2 second at f/25, ISO 200

 


Pecan Grove, Clovis, California 2015
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/2 second at f/22, ISO 100

 


Pecan Grove and fog, Clovis, California 2015
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1.30 second at f/29, ISO 100

 


Forest, Padden Creek, Bellingham, Washington
ILCE-7RM2, 16-35mm F2.8 G SSM II,
3 second at f/16, ISO 125

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24th, 2016

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I am thankful for all of my friends and family. I have so much love from my wife Sadhna and my two children Tara and Ravi.  The support and encouragement I received from them, and the rest of my family and friends, is a true blessing.

I am also thankful for having the great opportunity to share my photographs, and teach others what I’ve learned, and make a good living at what I love to do.  In 1984, I made a decision to pursue my dream of becoming a landscape photographer, and 32 years later I am still living that dream.

To all of you who have taken classes from me, who follow my photography online, thank you so much!  Your encouragement and support keeps me going, keeps me pushing myself creatively, learning and seeing deeply everyday.

Enjoy your holiday with family and friends.  And take a moment to truly see the beauty of the world that surrounds us everyday.

Peace,  Bill

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Autumn in Yosemite 2016

November 22nd, 2016

During late October and early November, I spent eight 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!

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.

Peace,  Bill

To see my latest images and offerings, be sure to visit my William Neill Photography Facebook page, Twitter or visit my Instagram page!

 

 


Autumn Elm and Mist, Yosemite National Park, California
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/30 second at f/25, ISO 125

 


Maple Leaves and Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/3 second at f/25, ISO 320

 


Cottonwoods, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/4 second at f/22, ISO 100

 


Raven and Autumn Oaks, Yosemite National Park, California
iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2,
1/450 second at f/2.2, ISO 25

 


Half Dome, Elm and Sunbeams, Yosemite National Park, California
ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4 G SSM OSS,
1/250 second at f/16, ISO 400

 


Half Dome and Elm at sunrise, Yosemite National Park, California
ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4 G SSM OSS,
1/1000 second at f/20, ISO 400

 


Maple Leaves along the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1.60 second at f/22, ISO 100

 


Maple Leaves and along the Merced River, autumn, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1 second at f/18, ISO 100

 


Rock, Tree and Waterfall, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
2 second at f/19, ISO 100

 


Cliffs and Mist, Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4 G SSM OSS,
1/30 second at f/18, ISO 100

 


Gathering Autumn Storm, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4 G SSM OSS,
1/60 second at f/18, ISO 100

 


Clouds at Sunset, El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/13 second at f/18, ISO 100

 


Rapids and Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4 G SSM OSS,
5.00 second at f/22, ISO 100

 


Forest Reflections, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/5 second at f/14, ISO 100

 


Forest Reflections and Rapids, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
2 second at f/32, ISO 100

 


Maple Leaves, the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/2 second at f/29, ISO 100