Autumn in Paradise

Greetings from the Sierra Nevada,

First, thanks to my students that attended a private workshop with me in Yosemite Valley that past spring. If you wish to see a sample of the scenes we found, see my Springtime in Paradise blog post below.

Here is a selection of favorite Yosemite autumn images from recent years to give you an idea of what we can find. I also have shared some past student comments here.

As for possible dates, the best times to come are the last week of October (28-1st) and the first week of November (4th-7th).

Email me if you have any questions!


Oak and Pine, autumn, Yosemite National Park, California 2012
Sony Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/90 second at f/4, ISO 100

 


Bigleaf Maple and Merced River, autumn, Yosemite National Park, California 2012
Sony Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
6 second at f/27, ISO 100

 


Black Oaks in afternoon backlight, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2012
Sony Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/8 second at f/16, ISO 100

 


Oak reflections, El Capitan and the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2012
Sony Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1 second at f/16, ISO 100

 


Autumn Oaks and Snowstorm, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Sony Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/15 second at f/6.7, ISO 400

 


Cottonwood leaves and cloud reflections, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Sony Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/60 second at f/16, ISO 400

 


Autumn Sunset, El Capitan and the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Sony Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM,
2 second at f/13, ISO 100

 


Dogwood and Forest, autumn, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Sony Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/3 second at f/8, ISO 100

 


Autumn Elm and Sunbeams, Cook’s Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Sony Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/180 second at f/22, ISO 200

 


Autumn Reflections, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California
Sony Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/180 second at f/2.8, ISO 320

 


Maple leaf and autumn reflections, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Sony Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/60 second at f/4.5, ISO 320

 


Autumn Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Sony ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/8 second at f/16, ISO 400

 


Autumn Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California 2015
Sony ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/10 second at f/13, ISO 400

 


Autumn Elm and Mist, Yosemite National Park, California
Sony ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/30 second at f/25, ISO 125

 


Cottonwoods, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California
Sony ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/4 second at f/22, ISO 100

 


Half Dome, Elm and Sunbeams, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
Sony ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4 G SSM OSS,
1/250 second at f/16, ISO 400

 


Maple Leaves along the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
Sony ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1.60 second at f/22, ISO 100

 


Autumn Oaks and Sunbeams, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
Sony ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4 G SSM OSS,
1/10 second at f/16, ISO 100

 


Clouds at Sunset, El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
Sony ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/13 second at f/18, ISO 100

 


Merced River Reflections, autumn, Yosemite National Park, California 2018
Sony ILCE-7RM2, FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS,
3.20 second at f/29, ISO 100

 


Elm Branches, autumn, Yosemite National Park, California 2018
Sony ILCE-7RM2, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM,
1/6 second at f/13, ISO 400

 


Dogwood and Forest, autumn, Yosemite National Park, California 2018
Sony ILCE-7RM2, EF24-105/4L IS USM,
1/6 second at f/16, ISO 400

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.

One reply on “Autumn in Paradise”

  1. I first met William probably 25 years ago when I went on a Photography workshop in the Great Smokey Mountains National park that he was leading. It was an inspiring experience. I learned so much about seeing nature and capturing it on film. This was way before digital camera technology.

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