Hosta and Waterdrops, Ahwahnee, California 2012

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__TS-E90mm f/2.8__10.0 sec at f / 32__ISO 100


While tons of photogs flock to nearby #Yosemite to photograph moonbows, waterfalls and dogwood, I have been nursing a bum ankle for the past three week. “Caught” my son’s fast ball during pitching practice just above my ankle bone! The x-ray shows that nothing is broken, but it is badly bruised and still swollen. So…

I bought these hosta plants, and photographed them after watering.
Enjoy and share!

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 and One-on-One Workshops in his home studio near Yosemite National Park.

14 replies on “Hosta and Waterdrops, Ahwahnee, California 2012”

  1. Bill, beautiful image and very sharp as others have already noted. I can’t resist the Hosta’s in spring either (I have about 10 planted in my yard). The thing that catches my eye as unusual in the image is the magenta color showing up in the drops. Was there color in the sky above, flowers nearby or maybe on you? Just curious.

    Hope the ankel heals up well. Take care, Stacey.

  2. I bracketed with f/16 and that wasn’t enough. Yes, a macro thing. The greater the magnification and depth of the subject, the great the need for smaller apertures.

    Cheers, Bill

  3. That’s very interesting. I would have guessed F8 would have been enough, but since I’m not familiar with the plant, perhaps the image is a bit deceiving re DOF. Or maybe it’s a macro thing :). Regardless, it’s a drop dead gorgeous image! Look forward to more.

  4. Thanks all. Hi Brenda! I try not to rest on my laurels… but I don’t get up to the park much.

    Jim, I did not select that shutter speed as a first consideration. I selected the aperture as the main consideration for the DOF of f/32 due to the deep depth of the subject.

  5. I appreciate the explanation of the TS lens use. I’m even more curious about your decision process in selecting a 10 second exposure for this shot.

  6. Wow, Bill, sorry to hear about the ankle. We just got back from our Tour in Umbria, Italy – and yes, we were one of the groups to flock to Yosemite just before that to photograph moonbows, flowing water, dogwoods, and such. Sorry you didn’t make it this year but then you have soooooo many wonderful pics of Yosemite already. We all need to catch up to your stockpile! get well soon.

  7. William – As usual, impeccable vision and execution. I always want to study images you post and study them closely. Best wishes for a rapid recovery from your injury. Frank

  8. Bill, using your tilt-shift lens have did you go about taking this beautiful picture. I have a similar lens have found few uses for it. I would love to learn more of your thinking in taking this image. Thanks so much for you beautiful images. I always am inspired by your work. CC

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