Learning Loop…

I first started my Impressions of Light series because I was inspired by some of my BetterPhoto.com students.  I began my making single frame exposures with camera motion.  That was many years ago.  This fall, I am teaching a very talented group of students, and several are using Multiple Exposure techniques with excellent results.  So I had to see what I could do.  Never really liked the more “nervous” look of most ME imagery, but I had to push myself to experiment.

Here is my first attempt.  These trees are right across the street from my house but this was the first time I’ve photographed them.  Good color this fall.  I used nine exposures blended in Photoshop in very unformulated and random capacities on each layer.  Just tried to make it look good.  Later, I learned that there was a “proper” formula but I didn’t like the results as much.

I liked the results, but still wasn’t sure that the image was finished.  Then, one of my current BetterPhoto students reminded me of the Orton Technique.  This version uses this technique, which I feel “completes” the image.  Dark and moody tones reflect the emotion of the rainy day scene to me, but the blur softens the overall mood and the edginess of the ME technique.

Enjoy,   Bill

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William Neill, a resident of the Yosemite National Park area since 1977, is a landscape photographer concerned with conveying the deep, spiritual beauty he sees and feels in Nature. Neill's award-winning photography has been widely published in books, magazines, calendars, posters, and his limited-edition prints have been collected and exhibited in museums and galleries nationally, including the Museum of Fine Art Boston, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Vernon Collection, and The Polaroid Collection. Neill received a BA degree in Environmental Conservation at the University of Colorado. In 1995, Neill received the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography. Neill's assignment and published credits include National Geographic, Smithsonian, Natural History, National Wildlife, Conde Nast Traveler, Gentlemen's Quarterly, Travel and Leisure, Wilderness, Sunset, Sierra and Outside magazines. Also, he writes a monthly column, On Landscape, for Outdoor Photographer magazine. Feature articles about his work have appeared in Life, Camera and Darkroom, Outdoor Photographer and Communication Arts, from whom he has also received five Awards of Excellence. His corporate clients have included Sony Japan, Bayer Corporation, Canon USA, Nike, Nikon, The Nature Company, Hewlett Packard, 3M, Freidrick Grohe, Neutrogena, Sony Music/Classical, University of Cincinnati, UBS Global Asset Management. His work was chosen to illustrate two special edition books published by The Nature Company, Rachel Carson's The Sense of Wonder and John Fowles's The Tree. His photographs were also published in a three book series on the art and science of natural process in collaboration with the Exploratorium Museum of San Francisco: By Nature's Design (Exploratorium / Chronicle Books, 1993), The Color of Nature (Exploratorium / Chronicle Books, 1996) and Traces of Time (Chronicle Books / Exploratorium, Fall 2000). A portfolio of his Yosemite photographs has been published entitled Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness (Yosemite Association, 1994) which received The Director's Award from the National Park Service. A retrospective monograph of his landscape photography entitled Landscapes Of The Spirit (Bulfinch Press/Little, Brown, 1997) relates his beliefs in the healing power of nature. William has taught photography since 1980 for such prestigious organizations as The Ansel Adams Gallery, the Friends of Photography, Palm Beach Photographic Workshops, The Maine Workshops and Anderson Ranch Workshops. He specializes in landscape and nature photography and is concerned with conveying the beauty seen in Nature. Currently, he teaches online courses for BetterPhoto.com and One-on-One Workshops in his home studio near Yosemite National Park.

11 replies on “Learning Loop…”

  1. William, get back to shooting your amazing landscapes Ansel would be happy with. Leave this to the 35 ers that cant create what you can.

  2. Hi Bill – Nice result for a first attempt! I like the blend of the Orton Effect on it – have used it myself to soften the stippled effect. It’s a bit of work for us Canon Photographers to create multiples, but I like that we CAN do it, having done this for years with film…

  3. Intriguing image. I am fascinated by the dappled effect that you obtained here. Makes for a very different feeling and look than I get from my multiple exposures which tend toward being more linear in nature. Always open to learning new things.

  4. Thanks Jay and Rhoda,

    Jay, Saw the post last week and have used the script. Thanks for sharing the links. Good to have this option from Uwe. He has lots of helpful info on his Digital Outback site. And thanks to Tony for letting us know about it!

  5. Hey Bill,

    Tony Sweet just made a post. He has a friend (Uwe Steinmueller) who just created a free Photoshop action to do this. You should check it out. Here is the link….Hope you had a great holiday weekend.

    Tony’s blog post-

    And the link to Uwe’s site-

    Look towards the bottom of the page for “Free Scripts”

    Best regards,


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