Sunrise Storm Clouds, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, California 2010

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro__1.0 sec at f / 19__ISO 200

Sunrise Storm Clouds, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, California 2010

The morning after I photographed at Conway Summit, I got up early to photograph sunrise on Mono Lake.  I have been photographing the lake since the late 1970s, and my first published photo was for the Mono Lake Committee in 1980, which has been instrumental in preserving the Mono Lake ecosystem.

As you can see, I was blessed with a colorful and dramatic sunrise.  As with the previously posted aspen photo from Conway Summit, I used two exposures in a seven stop bracket and blended them in Photoshop CS5.  In order to preserve any detail in the bright strip of sky on the horizon, I had to underexpose several stops below the meter’s reading.  That one very dark exposure was blended with a more “average” exposure, which had all the details I needed in the rest of the scene.

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.

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  2. Nice read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch since I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

  3. Hi Bill, I like the way you alternate between straight and other types of photography. Today I just dropped by the Weston Gallery and saw your “impressionist” show or whatever you call it. Very beautiful. The one they hung right by the stairs to Richard’s office, I forget the name of it, is just superb with amazing blues, greens and shapes. I commented to Richard that I have been experimenting with this type of work too. Probably many people who view those images have no idea how difficult it is to do that type of photography well. I probably need to take one of your workshops. Richard said the prints are selling well too, which I hear is also not so easily done with that type of work. Public acceptance of photography abstracts is definitely growing though I notice. Richard said part of what makes it work in your case is that you have been known as a top-notch straight photographer for many years. Great show.

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