Posts Tagged ‘trees’

Friday, October 11th, 2013
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Crab apple blossoms along the Oconaluftee River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina 1992

 

During Sierra Art Trails this past weekend, we had three ladies walk into my living room display of prints. One of them looked at the first print by the door, a 30×40 inch print of this image, gasped, and then tears of emotion flowed from her eyes she was so inspired by the print. We talked a bit, she asked about the print’s price, and we showed her a smaller print. After browsing a while, she and her friends left. The next day, she returned to buy the small print. She said she would hang it where she could see it everyday.

Of course, I was deeply moved by this reaction. I have had a long and blessed career, but sometimes it seems like a never-ending marathon to keep business going. This weekend I was reminded that sharing the beauty I find is such an honor and privilege. My passion for “landscapes of the spirit” lives on, inspired by the beauty around us everyday, and by when my imagery connects my experience to others.

Captured with my 4×5 camera in 1992 using a 120mm film back.

Enjoy and please share!

Cheers,  Bill

Redbud, Merced River Canyon, 2012

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

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

 

As with my previous post, this photograph was made last Sunday on my Earth Day return to nearby Merced River Canyon, my home for 20 years.  I love the change of seasons there, but the spring season is my favorite.  Many seasons, the flowers start blooming in February, and finally all turns brown in May.  Besides the flowers, the river is exhilarating in its moods, especially during the high waters of spring.  In my El Portal home, I could see the river from my living room only in the height of the spring runoff.  Its rumbling sound was very loud, and soothing, at night.

I had never photographed this tree before, but noticed these branches on Sunday while zooming past on the road.  The sun was too harsh at the time to stop, but I made note of it for later.  A few hours later, we returned as the sun was about to go down.  I worked with this composition for about one hour, taking many variations.  There was about 10-15 minutes when the light became warm as it passed behind a cloud on the horizon.  I positioned myself for good spacing of the branches, and so the glow in the sky reflected off the water.  I tried several shutter speeds in order to ge the best sharpness in the branches and sense of motion in the river.

I’ve made many images in the Merced River Canyon over the years, and one of my favs was of a special tree overhanging the river.  Below is my favorite redbud image from the MRC.  This tree is now gone, damaged by the 1997 flood and subsequent road repair.

I love my new Redbud image.  Which do you prefer?

 

Redbud and Merced River, Merced River Canyon, California 1989

Oaks and Fog, Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park, Ahwahnee, California 2012

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Last week, we had some wonderful mornings of fog at sunrise. After dropping my son off at school, I walked into the nearby field of Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park. This image continues my Morning Light series, most of which I’ve photographed after taking my kids to school!  I will have one or two more to share from this morning, as soon as I find time finish post-processing…  Let me know your thoughts.

Enjoy!  Bill


Oaks and Fog, Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park, Ahwahnee, California 2012
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/125 second at f/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2012 William Neill

Other Morning Light images:

Late Summer Meadow, Ahwahnee, California 2011

Spring Oak, Coarsegold, California 2011

Buckeye, Foothills of the Sierra Nevada, California 2011

Sunbeams and Forest, Sierra Nevada Foothills, California 2010

Autumn oak and snowstorm, Ahwahnee, California 2010

Waterfall and Sunbeam, Sierra Nevada Foothills, California 2011

Morning Fog and Oaks, Ahwanhnee, California 2011

New Morning Light Image – Spring Oak, Coarsegold, California 2011

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

This morning, I photographed a wonderful spreading oak tree with brilliant morning sunlight.  Since the contrast was strong and I was aiming into the sun, I made seven exposures with .5 stops between frames.  After importing the files in Lightroom, I applied the Lens Correction for my Canon 16-35mm zoom, then exported to Nik HDR Efex Pro.  I just started using this software so am slowing learning the many processing options it offers and exploring its potential for me. So far, so good!

Enjoy!  Bill

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM___ISO 160

Editing recent photo sessions…

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM__1/2 sec at f / 8.0__ISO 100

I am trying to catch up with processing all the images I’ve made in the last few months.  It has been a very productive time for me! Here is one taken on February 2o. I have already posted another image from this session, but I made a quick edit initially so I felt the need to dig back through the captures to see what else was was there.  This is an important process for all of us photographers, because we can generate so many versions of any given composition that we can’t digest them all in one or two editing sessions.

I will post two here for your review and comparison.  The  top image is newly post-processed, and the bottom photograph was posted on Facebook in February.  For both images, I used my trusty Singh Ray Vari-ND in order to use slow shutter speeds.  Your thoughts are welcome.

Enjoy,  William Neill

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