Waterfall and Sunbeam, Sierra Nevada Foothills, California 2011

I am unsure of the right words to describe the emotions I felt when standing before this scene, but “powerfully uplifting” is what comes to mind. It caught my breath and soothed my soul at a moment when it was most need.

Last week, John O’Connor and I took a client to photograph at a nearby waterfall. Here is another one of my photographs from the morning, but I have first one above is my favorite.

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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  4. Bill,

    Your top image is extraordinary and the meaning it has for you is even more illuminating! I am coming here some time after this was posted, but I am sorry to hear of your loss.

    I notice that these images don’t have any technical info listed with them, as other images do. If you get the chance, would you mind listing it for the first image. I am an artist, but relatively new to photography, so the technical information is helpful to me.

    With admiration,

  5. The top scenary is truly heavenly with the light coming down, and I understand your motions. You’ve captured the scene with great elegance, so that it might even make me interested in using longer shutterspeeds 😉

  6. David,

    Thanks David. I view the bottom image as beautiful but ordinary. For me, the top image is extraordinary in many ways. Just a few days before I made this image, my father passed away at age 89 from Parkinson’s Disease. I felt like this beam of light was letting me know that all was well with Dad. Since I knew your father as a friend and great mentor, I want you to know they story. In fact, your dad and my dad met once long ago. It was at an exhibit opening of my work at the Allinder Gallery in Gualala, CA. I was so honored that they both were there!

  7. Truly a special moment in time, Bill. I suspect there are times when you wish you were there again…in person. Fortunately for you and others, you’ve captured that scene so well that our imagination can take a break. We simply have to imagine the sound of the water and feel the fine mist in the air. You’ve taken care of the rest. Thanks!

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