Autumn forest and slickrock wall, Zion National Park, Utah 2011

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM__0.7 sec at f / 16__ISO 400

Last week, I was photographing in Zion while traveling with my family.  I returned to a favorite location and was thrilled to find favorite red maples in fine autumn dress.  My kids loved the spot, and they spent about an hour burying each other in the sandy wash. I climbed around the steep slope opposite the trees and slickrock wall, looking for good compositions.  There was a breeze, so with each framing, I waited and watched for the leaves to stay still.  Here is one of my favorite versions from that afternoon.

I am continuing to process images from my trip, so come back soon to see more new work.

Enjoy!   Bill

I have also attached a 4×5 film image, taken from the same location in 1985.  Back then, when using Ektachrome 64, I used an 81A filter to counteract the blue balance.  This accounts for some of the color difference, as does later stage of the maples and oak’s leaves.  Ultimately, color is a matter of taste.  I “feel” far more than “think” when I create and process my images, and sometimes the interpretation of the same locations can very different.  I have learned to trust my instincts more than second-guess them.

Red maples and slickrock, Zion National Park, Utah 1985

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.

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