Purple Plum Blossoms

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__TS-E90mmf/2.8+2x Extender__1.5 sec at f / 2.8__ISO 100

Yesterday afternoon, and early this morning, I took about 550 frames of my purple plum trees which are in bloom.  I know about quality over quantity, but this is what happens when I get excited making Impressions of Light images!

I have barely started editing, but found this one to share.  Below you can see the setup I used for both the ice image, and this blur!  Ironic somehow…  For the blossom images, I added the Singh Ray Vari-ND filter, which I’ve used often for my Impressions images.  It allowed me to use the widest aperture for shallow depth of field, but still use a slow shutter speed.

In the next few days, I will edit and upload more new images to share.  For more Impressions of Light images, see my ebook:

Impressions of Light

Taken with my iPhone

Published by William Neill

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.

7 replies on “Purple Plum Blossoms”

  1. I just wanted to say I heard you on the 7 photography questions podcast and I came to check out your site and have been really impressed by your impressionist photos. I tried the technique myself and got some really cool photos, but they don’t really compare to the stuff that you make. You can see them on my flickr page.

    As for this photo I am curious as to why you wanted to use such a wide aperture?

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  2. Hey Bill, another nice plum blossom image. Is this image purely a swipe and not a multiple exposure? Since the exposure was 1.5sec did you just move a bit after the shutter was open? Tripod?

    – Stacey

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