Posts Tagged ‘black and white’

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!

Calla Leaves, Ahwahnee, California 2011

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM__1.5 sec at f / 22__ISO 100

For the past couple of months, I have been watching this calla plant growing in my living/dining room area.  The light comes through two different windows to light the leaves to various effect.  This past Sunday, I finally saw a composition worth setting up for.  I hung up my black piece of velvet on the wall behind these leaves.  I left my camera set up and made frames when I saw interesting light. I downloaded the images, looked at the new images, and was not particularly inspired by the results.

Yesterday, four days later, I looked at the images again with Lightroom.  Then it hit me that there was real potential here, made several adjustments to this image, including converting the image to BW.  Bingo!  I polished up the file this morning in Photoshop this morning.  Here is the result!

Enjoy,  Bill

For more of my BW work, see my Meditations in Monochrome ebook!

A foggy trip to the Oregon coast.

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM__10.0 sec at f / 32__ISO 100

Last week, I traveled with my family on a camping trip to the Bandon area of the Oregon coast.  It was cold and windy, which not unusual and a refreshing break from the heat here.  If you’ve been to my Facebook page, I’ve already posted a very foggy image from the first evening there.  The next two evenings, I was on the main Bandon beach, photographing in the wind and fog.  Heaven!

For the image above, I used a Singh Ray Vari-ND to get more blurring action.  There were some subtle tones in the sky, but the monochrome evening lent itself to Black and White. John O’Conner did a wonderful job of doing the conversion and bringing out the textures in the surf and rocks that I wanted to show.

In case you missed it, here is the image from the first session.  More to come from this trip!

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM__15.0 sec at f / 32__ISO 100

Mushroom pano

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro__10.0 sec at f / 27__ISO 100

This last weekend, I was mowing my grass (electric mower, not gas!).  I noticed a mushroom and picked it.  Then I plucked out the stem so I could photograph the radiating pattern.  I tried various framing options including full mushroom and black background, partial mushroom in the frame, and filling the frame with the pattern with no black background.  As I photographed, it occurred to me that the composition would work well in B&W.  It also occurred to me that I might print this very large someday, and that I wanted a square format.  So made two frames, one with top half filling my frame, and one with the bottom half, then used photomerge in PS4 to create a higher res, square framed image.  The lighting is from my office window.  The file size with adjustment layers is 334 MB.  Here it is!  Let me know your thoughts.

Cheers,   Bill

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New BW Agave image…

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Agave, Island of Maui, Hawaii

Here is a newly scanned 4×5 image of an agave taken on Maui in 1994.  We are working on both color and BW versions, and found many compelling directions.  Thanks to John O’Connor for the great scanning and PS work.  Stay tuned for more variations.  I think that there is an article to write about exploring many options with one image.

Thanks for joining me here,



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