Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2011

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM__15.0 sec at f / 16__ISO 100

Last week, I was in Yosemite Valley delivering a print to The Ansel Adams Gallery. On my way home that afternoon, I stopped to check out Horsetail Falls.  Although I didn’t photograph, the falls was very full and gorgeous in shiny, Black and White lighting.  In fact, early March is my favorite time for Horsetail.  I am a bit sick of seeing orange waterfall images. Leaving Horsetail behind since clouds had muted the glowing water, I drove westward out of the Valley.  As I passed Bridal Veil, I spotted this intriguing pattern of snow and alluvial rocks along the river bank.  I pulled over, and spent the next hour or so watching the light change and trying to work out a good composition. One of the last things I tried was some pano frames.  Here is the results of two horizontal frames stitched together in Photoshop CS5.  The long narrow image shape worked well to emphasize the the layered look of moving water, rounded boulders and snow patterns.  Although it is probably hard to really see the full effect of this small rendition on the blog, I am pleased with it.  It is a continuation of my 34 years  seeking out images that show the subtle side of Yosemite.

Enjoy!  Bill

William Neill’s Yosemite: Volume One

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.

6 replies on “Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2011”

  1. I’ve only been to California one time but I was lucky enough to visit Yosemite Valley. What a nice park it is. It’s in Nevada for all of those who don’t know. It’s worth visiting.

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