Posts Tagged ‘Ansel Adams’

William Neill: Passages of Light at The Ansel Adams Gallery

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
Morning Mist, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2013

Morning Mist, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2013



I have a solo exhibit of my photographs at The Ansel Adams Gallery later this month! Many of my new images will be included, as well as some of my classic Yosemite images. It is always an honor to have my work shown there.  My photography career began there when I took the job of Staff Photographer, got to know Ansel, and it was Ansel himself that approved my photographs to be represented by his gallery in 1983.  Since that time, I probably have had 15 exhibits over those many years!

William Neill: Passages of Light

July 28th through September 14th, 2013

The opening reception is on August 1. I don’t have the timings yet, but if you think you can make it that day, I will let you know so I can tell the time of day.

Hope to see you there!

Open Studio at William Neill Photography – Sierra Art Trails Oct. 5, 6, and 7th.

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Once again, I am participating in the Yosemite Foothills Open Studio Tour – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 5, 6 & 7, 2012. My home studio will be full of my fine art prints, books and posters. I hope to see old friends and meet new ones!  Let me know if you think you can make it, and ask any questions if you have them.  Also, share this with friends who you think might be interested.  Thanks!

See the official web site for more details:

My living room gallery set up for Art Trails in 2011!

Open Studio at William Neill’s Home

Intimate Landscapes

Friday, March 16th, 2012

My first article for Outdoor Photographer was published in the March/April issue 1986.  The magazine started up the previous year, and a photograph of mine appeared on the cover of the second issue.  Then, I had been asked to write a “how to” article, but instead I wanted my first writing in a national magazine to be my “artist’s statement” rather than about how to do something technical, or a “where to be when” article.  I mentioned my use of a 4×5 camera and film, and that I had been living in Yosemite for eight years.  Since the article was written 1985, it is now 35 years that I’ve lived in the Yosemite area! Below is my essay, and images of the article.

Photography is a quiet, contemplative activity for me. It is a time to slow down and enjoy the beauty of the natural world. I seek to experience and reveal the mysterious, spiritual aspects of nature.

Minor White wrote, “Be still with yourself, until the object of your attention affirms your presence.” My approach to photographing the landscape requires the time to truly see to observe closely the form of, and the light upon the subject. A spirit of exploration and curiosity has been vital in developing my personal vision.

I have lived in Yosemite for eight years. Emersing myself in its magical qualities has taught me a valuable lesson. To photograph Yosemite successfully, one must transcend the classic but cliched scenes. I have sought my own unique way of seeing Yosemite. In doing so, I have discovered endless intimate details that reveal an essence of Yosemite rarely experienced by the casual visitor. This lesson serves me well exploring other landscapes less familiar to me.

“Through my photographs, I am interested in inspiring a deeply felt love and respect for the natural environment; an understanding of the magic and mystery of the earth’s processes, such as the formation of a rock or of ice on a pond. I feel a need for a sense of spiritual ecology, a respect for “the earthforce.” These feelings are at the root of my motivations to photograph. I wish to give back at least some of what I receive from nature. Nature is a powerful healer, and it is its ability to rejuvenate and nurture my soul that keeps me in close contact with the natural landscape. Millions of people visit our national parks and other natural places to be rejuvenated. Making photographs, for us, is an effort to retain and later reconnect ourselves with those healing experiences with nature.

My approach to the technical aspects of making a photograph is simple and straightforward. Although craft is essential for a fine photograph, I feel strongly that technique is merely a tool to be used for self-expression. 1 mostly use a 4×5 view camera. It encourages a contemplative approach. Each image is thought through carefully before an exposure is made. The size of the viewfinder provides for easy and precise composition. I use Ektachrome Professional 4×5 sheet film and make my portfolio prints on Cibachrome print material.

I prefer to photograph in flat, even light found in complete shade, on cloudy days, at dawn or twilight. These low-contrast conditions fit nicely into the narrow latitude scale of color slide film. The resulting images are often richer in detail and more pleasing in color. Subtle or monochromatic color appeal to me. One can’t depend on the impact of color alone for a successful image. A sense of design, the careful placement of elements within the frame, is essential. I often find myself isolating and abstracting a part of the subject.

By creating photographs where the content or orientation is not immediately obvious, a surreal, mystical feeling may come through. I would rather make an image that asks a question than answers one; that intrigues and arouses curiosity in the viewer. I appreciate a photograph that grows on me and endures more than one that has initial impact, explains itself immediately but then quickly fades from memory.

Outdoor photography is a wonderful way to explore and encourage our own uniqueness. I feel that I receive more from the process of being out there making photographs than I do from the photographs themselves. I have learned a great deal about myself and my environment through photography.

Remember Ansel Adams. He touched our lives with his tremendous compassion for the natural environment and his deeply-felt spiritual connection with nature through his photographs. We can all follow his example ourselves by photographing with conviction and emotion.”         OP

William Neill’s Yosemite: Volume One iPad App

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

William Neill's Yosemite: Volume One iPad App

William Neill’s Yosemite: Volume One iPad App

I am happy to announce that my first app for the iPad is now available in the iTunes Store! Check it out, and perhaps post a review if you buy it! Share with your FB or Twitter friends. To see more screenshots, visit my William Neill Photography Facebook page.

Here is a set of screenshots of the iPad app.  The ebook is an app version of my latest ebook: William Neill’s Yosemite: Volume One. Lots of cool interactivity, including connections to Facebook and Twitter. Anyone interested? It will cost only $4.99! Please share with your friends…

My app was made by Jim Goldstein. For more info on his App offerings: ePhotobook App Inquiry Form:

Thanks, and Ride the Light!


William Neill’s Yosemite: Volume One iPad App

Fine Print Offer from The Ansel Adams Gallery

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Winter, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2008

I am happy to let you know about a new Fine Print offer just announced by The Ansel Adams Gallery.  I have been honored to be the first artist for this exciting new series among the elite group of photographers represented by the Gallery.  Two of my recent images are being offered at an exceptional discount of 25% for a limited time.  The sale began this morning and will end at 6PM on Sunday, June 12th.

The two images, never printed previously, will be hand printed by me using archival inks on my high quality inkjet printer, then mounted and over-matted using archival materials.  The prints will be signed and numbered with print details included on the label attached on the back of the print.  For more details on my printing process, see Fine Art Print Information on my web site.

Valley Oak and fog, Ahwahnee, California 2010

I hope you will check for further details on Gallery’s site, pass it on to your friends, on Facebook, Twitter or on your blog.  Below you can see the images, and read the story of making each photograph.

The Ansel Adams Gallery has represented my fine art photographs since 1983, after Ansel viewed my prints himself. I am especially excited because I knew Ansel personally and his mentorship greatly inspired my career in landscape photography.

Special Fine Print Offers from The Ansel Adams Gallery

Regards,  William Neill