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Favorite Photographs of 2014

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

NOTE: I am reposting my Favorite Photographs of 2014 due to a past crash of my blog site…

 

Happy New Year!  I finally put together my favorite photographs from 2014.  It is always helpful to take the occasional assessment of our own creative progress. You might be interested in reading an essay I wrote on the subject five years ago in my On Landscape column for Outdoor Photographer on this subject.  Since I started teaching private workshop sessions in Yosemite, I’ve been visiting Yosemite Valley much more often so you will see a batch of new Yosemite images taken this past year.

If you have been following my work this past year, you know that my big trip of the year was to Antarctica last January. Click here to read my Outdoor Photographer magazine On Landscape column, and recent Antarctic Dreams portfolio in OP and see below!

I have numbered each image, which will make it easier for you to let me know which ones are your favorites.  It will be fun and helpful for me to have your feedback.  I will value a list of favs, or general thoughts on what work you respond to the most.  After I assess your feedback, I will then make a final edit of 10-15 that are my top selects of the year.  My criteria for that final selection will be based on which images I feel best represents my personal vision and style rather than the most popular ones.  If you have your own post of top images for 2014, please add your link in your comments below.

I look forward to your comments and favorites for my 2014 portfolio.  Enjoy and please share with your friends!

I wish you a year full of the gifts of nature, peace and love,  Bill

PS  The photographs below are in chronological order.

Yosemite Private Workshops

 


Clouds and Shadows, Bransfield Strait, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/8000 second at f/9.5, ISO 800


Morning light, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/1000 second at f/11, ISO 1600


Early morning light, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
January 29, 2014 06:18:31
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/750 second at f/11, ISO 1600


Ancient crystal Iceberg, Cierva Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/750 second at f/16, ISO 1600


Blue Icebergs, Cierva Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/750 second at f/22, ISO 1600


Glowing Glacier, Cierva Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/8000 second at f/11, ISO 1600


Two Humpback Whales and Iceberg, Cierva Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/1500 second at f/11, ISO 800


Two Icebergs, Cierva Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/3000 second at f/11, ISO 800


Icebergs and Sunset, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/3000 second at f/5.6, ISO 800

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/180 second at f/13, ISO 800


Iceberg at Dawn, Pleneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/2000 second at f/2.8, ISO 400


Iceberg Towers at Dawn, Pleneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/4000 second at f/2.8, ISO 400


Iceberg Arch, Pleneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/500 second at f/9.5, ISO 400


Crabeater seal resting on an iceberg, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/350 second at f/9.5, ISO 400


Iceberg Sculpture, Pleneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/125 second at f/19, ISO 800


Sunset, Pleneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/1500 second at f/6.7, ISO 800


Rolling iceberg, Scontorp Cove in Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/250 second at f/19, ISO 400


Glaciers, Scontorp Cove in Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III,
1/1500 second at f/19, ISO 800


Mountains and Glaciers at Scontorp Cove, Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III,
1/1500 second at f/16, ISO 800


Chinstrap Penguins entering surf, Baily Head on Deception Island, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/3000 second at f/8, ISO 800


Chinstrap Penguins, Baily Head on Deception Island, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/1500 second at f/13, ISO 1250


Young Antarctic fur seal, Baily Head on Deception Island, Anarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/250 second at f/9.5, ISO 1250


Roses II
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro,
6 second at f/22, ISO 100


Waterfall on Lee Vining Creek, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/3 second at f/19, ISO 100


Seastacks at Sunset, Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park. Washington 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
3 second at f/22, ISO 100


Ferns, Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, Washington 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM,
15 second at f/19, ISO 100


Avalanche Lily, Olympic National Park, Washington 2014
iPhone 5, iPhone 5 back camera 4.12mm f/2.4,
1/200 second at f/2.4, ISO 50


Backlit Aspen, June Lake Loop, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM,
1/250 second at f/16, ISO 640


Autumn Reflections, Lundy Canyon, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/15 second at f/32, ISO 400


Last Light, Conway Summit, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/15 second at f/19, ISO 200


Aspen Forest Impressions #3 , Lee Vining Canyon, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
3 second at f/9.5, ISO 100


Aspen Leaves, Lee Vining Canyon, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
3 second at f/32, ISO 200


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


Yellow Maples, Cedar and Pine, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1.50 second at f/16, ISO 640


Cottonwoods reflected, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/6 second at f/22, ISO 100


Maples Leaves and Merced River Reflections, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM +2x,
1/1 second at f/45, ISO 400


Grasses and El Capitan reflected in the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/6 second at f/32, ISO 200


Grasses reflected, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1000 second at f/2.8, ISO 800


Grasses and reflections in the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/350 second at f/2.8, ISO 200


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


Thimbleberry Leaves, autumn, Yosemite National Park, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
2 second at f/32, ISO 400


River otters, American River, Sacramento, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM,
1/350 second at f/5.6, ISO 1250

My Favorite Photographs of 2013

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Happy New Year!  I have finally put together my favorite photographs from 2013.  It is always helpful to take the occasional assessment of our own creative progress. The annual ritual of posting a “best of” has now gone crazily viral.  You might be interested in reading an essay I wrote on the subject several years ago in my On Landscape column for Outdoor Photographer on this subject.  I am pleased with this selection, which includes new Impressions of Light images, iPhone images, as well  landscapes taken around my home and in nearby Yosemite.  Since I started teaching private workshop sessions in Yosemite, I’ve been visiting Yosemite Valley much more often so you will see a batch of new Yosemite images taken this past year.

This year I have numbered each image, which will make it easier for your to let me know which ones are your favorites.  It will be fun and helpful for me to have your feedback.  I will value a list of favs, or general thoughts on what work you respond to the most.  After I assess your feedback, I will then make a final edit of 10-15 that are my top selects of the year.  My criteria for that final selection will be based on which images I feel best represent my vision and style.  If you have your own post of top images for 2013, please add your link in your comments below.

I look forward to your comments and favorites for my 2013 portfolio.

Happy New Year,  Bill

 


1.  Frozen bubbles and grasses along the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1 second at f/22, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


2.  Ice patterns and grasses along the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/2 second at f/32, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


3.  Ice patterns along the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/2 second at f/32, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


4.  Stone and Pine Needles, Ahwahnee, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
6 second at f/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


5.  Plum blossoms, Ahwahnee, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
1/180 second at f/2.8, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


6.  Plum blossoms in late afternoon light, Ahwahnee, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro,
1/250 second at f/2.8, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


7.  Purple plum blossoms and curtains, Ahwahnee, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/8 second at f/32, ISO 400
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


8.  Cottonwood Impressions, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/3 second at f/5.6, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


9.  Palm Fern Triptych, La Quinta, California 2013
Apple iPhone 5
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


10.  Creosote patterns, Ahwahnee, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
15 second at f/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


11.  Sunbeams and waterfall, Sierra Nevada, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1.50 second at f/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


12.  Wind-Blown, Bridal Veil Fall, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM +2.0x,
1/3000 second at f/5.6, ISO 200
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


13.  Cascade Falls, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/4 second at f/9.5, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


14.  Dogwood Forest and Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
6 second at f/16, ISO 200
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


15.  Dogwood Blossoms, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
2 second at f/11, ISO 200
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


16.  Dogwood and Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1.50 second at f/22, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


17.  Morning Mist over Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/10 second at f/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


18.  Morning Mist at dawn, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/90 second at f/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


19.  Dogwood and Morning Light, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1 second at f/32, ISO 200
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


20.  Black oaks in spring, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/4 second at f/19, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


21.  Dogwood Blossom, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1 second at f/32, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


22.  Corn Lily Leaves, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__50 mm__EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
2.0 sec at f / 32__ISO 200
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


23.  Two agaves, Standford University, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
1/20 second at f/22, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


24.  Pier Reflections, Pismo Beach, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
10.00 second at f/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


25.  White Roses, Trader Joes, Fresno, California 2013
645 PRO for iPhone,
1/120 second at f/2.4, ISO 64
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


26.  Half Dome and Lightning, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/15 second at f/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


27.  Sweetgum tree in autumn, Ahwahnee, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1 second at f/8, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


28.  Snowflakes and cedars, Yosemite Lodge, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1 second at f/3.5, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


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

 


30.  Clearing Autumn Storm, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/180 second at f/22, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


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

 


32.  Cottonwood leaves and cloud reflections in the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/20 second at f/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


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

 


34.  Black oaks and granite wall, autumn, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/3 second at f/13, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


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

 


36.  Autumn leaves on the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/6 second at f/16, ISO 200
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


37.  Cloud reflections, the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2013
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/350 second at f/22, ISO 800
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

Best of the Year

Monday, December 30th, 2013
Late Summer Meadow, Ahwahnee, California 2011

Late Summer Meadow, Ahwahnee, California 2011

Will you be posting your Best Of 2013 online? I am still working on mine, hoping to finish this week…

Here is my Best of 2011: http://www.williamneill.com/blog/index.php/2011/12/william-neills-top-forty-images-for-2011-11/

For some thoughts on the subject, here is my essay from Outdoor Photographer Magazine in 2010:

Many years ago, when I was involved with Ansel Adams’ workshops, I was fortunate to hear lectures by many master photographers. One of them was Jerry Uelsmann (www.uelsmann.com), who became a friend and mentor. During his lectures, he’d show his work from the past year. Since his work involves compositing many images together, these images included variations he had tried, often with the same objects in different locations or scenes. The overview gave insight into some of the progression of Jerry’s creative process. I always felt inspired when I saw many of his slideshows. I’d often thought I should do this myself each year in order to assess my year’s efforts, but I never got around to it until recently.

With the advent of Facebook, Twitter and blogs, it’s now very easy to create a “Best Of” portfolio to share with friends and fans. Using Collections in Lightroom is an ideal way to do this. I simply take the top-ranked images in my Library folder to create the new Collection. From there, I edited down to the top 30. SlideShowPro is good software I have used to post portfolios on my website via their Lightroom plug-in, which is simple to use, but also highly customizable in terms of design. Most recently, I use a Lightroom plug-in by Photographer’s Toolbox that export my image choices from LR to my WordPress blog page.

The process of self-assessment is a vital part of artistic growth. In the day-to-day rush of life, we don’t often stop to see trends in our image-making. By turning back the clock, we can see if we’re stuck in a rut or are making great progress. One technique I’ve used to analyze my own work is to use the filters built into Photoshop’s Lightroom or Bridge. The software will show you the metadata analytics for any folder of images you have. The data shows how many were made with which camera body or lens, the shutter speed, aperture or ISO used, or by ranking labels.

I especially like seeing which lens I used the most (in most cases, it’s my Canon 70-200mm ƒ/2.8). Even with this simple bit of knowledge, I can recognize that I tend to photograph details of the landscape rather than wide views. This information can lead to ideas for a portfolio or theme. The data can also be a hint that I’m in a rut and I may want to break away from this trend to expand my repertoire of wide-angle landscapes. Another option would be to filter by keywords to see what images I’ve made of water or trees, or with clouds and sky. Studying my photos in such a way may lead to the creation of a new e-book or an idea for an exhibit. Developing themes in your work is an important way to focus your photographic efforts.

The photograph shown here is currently my favorite from the year. I was photographing Monterey pine trees in a dense fog. Toward the end of my dawn shooting session, I decided to make some panoramic images so I composed overlapping frames that could later be stitched in Photoshop. The image for this column was made from two side-by-side exposures. I rotated my tripod laterally, overlapping by about 25%. I knew that I would have to crop since I was aiming up into the trees at 160mm on my 70-200mm zoom, so I widened my composition to allow room to crop later.

I used Adobe Lightroom to select the two digital files, then sent them to Photoshop using the menu option Photo > Edit In > Merge to Panorama in Photoshop. After assembly, I cropped as shown here. When the layers are flattened, I have a 308 MB master file created with two exposures from my 21-megapixel Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III. This gives me plenty of resolution for large mural-sized enlargements. We converted to black-and-white using menu option Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Black & White. I liked it so much I added it to my recently printed version of my Meditations in Monochrome e-book.

The main point is to assess your photographic efforts on a regular basis. The beginning of the year is the ideal time for me. Ansel used to say that if a photographer can make 10 portfolio-grade images in one year, he or she had a great year! When you read this, go back one year in time with your own work and see how you do.

 

To learn about William Neill’s one-on-one workshops in the Yosemite area, his e-books Meditations in Monochrome, Impressions of Light, Landscapes of the Spirit and William Neill’s Yosemite, and his online courses with BetterPhoto.com, www.BetterPhoto.com, or to visit his PhotoBlog, go to www.williamneill.com.

50% eBook Sale! The William Neill eBook Collection. Buy all 4 eBooks for $15.00.

Friday, November 29th, 2013

 

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEKEND 50% OFF EBOOK SALE!

Starting today, I have reduced the price of my eBooks by 50%. If my photography is new to you, you can now purchase The William Neill eBook Collection, all 4 eBooks, for $15.00.  If your collection is not complete, each individual title is now only $5.00.

For more information on each eBook, and to purchase, see my online store,  William Neill eBooks and iPad app.

If you have some or all of my eBooks, and have enjoyed them, please share with you friends!

Sale ends on December 2, 2013.

On this Thanksgiving holiday, I greatly appreciate your interest and support of my photography.  I am living the dream, pursuing my passion for nature and photography for the past 30 years.

Thank you all!   Bill

High Country Spring!

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Greetings from the Sierra Nevada,

In my past two blogs posts, I’ve shared new work from this spring and early summer.  Here are four more, with comments and details below each image.
If you have a favorite image from below, or comments, please add below!  My favorite is the first one!

Ride the Light,

Bill
William Neill Private Yosemite Workshops

 

Corn Lily Leaves, Yosemite National Park, California
This photograph is made from four frames with bracketed focus points, blended with Zerene Stacker software (http://zerenesystems.com/cms/stacker).
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

 


Corn Lily Leaves, Yosemite National Park, California
This photograph is made from four frames with bracketed focus points, blended with Zerene Stacker software (http://zerenesystems.com/cms/stacker). 
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

While creating the first two Corn Lily images, I clearly remembered one of Paul Caponigro’s finest photographs, of an apple that reminds most who see it of a galaxy of stars. I happily acknowledge that inspiration. Be sure to read John Paul Caponigros blog post here:http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/7846/masterworks-in-my-collection-paul-caponigro-apple-new-york-city-1964/

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour…” -William Blake.

Or a galaxy in these Corn Lily leaves.

I created the two versions, trying to best heighten the “galaxy” effect of rain drops and pollen I was inspired by on these leaves.

 


Sunbeam on Corn Lily Leaves, Yosemite National Park, California
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
1/4 second at f/22, ISO 400
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

When photographing corn lilies a couple of weeks ago, the weather was just what I wanted, overcast and dizzily. But for a few minutes, the sun burst through to backlight the wondrous leaves.

Sometimes the light is all shining on me…

 


Sunset over the Merced River Canyon, Yosemite National Park, California
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/10 second at f/9.5, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

I was near Glacier Point when photographing the corn lilies above, and could have arrived in time for an incredible rainbow at sunset (not that it bugs me AT ALL). But I didn’t… I did see amazing light and colorful clouds on my way home to Oakhurst with sunset light streaming through pouring rain over the Merced River Canyon, my home for 20 years. Stopped to photograph, and here is one of them. I created it using the 32-bit plugin from Photomatix Pro, selecting the images in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom which blends the images through the plugin and brings the TIFF back to LR. I also used Lens Correction to straighten out the trees.