By Nature’s Design

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__TS-E90mm f/2.8__1/45 sec at f / 19
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__TS-E90mm f/2.8__1/45 sec at f / 19

Here is a new image made in my studio using window light.  A direct beam of sun is striking the shell, which is placed on black velvet.  I spent about an hour photographing the shell, watching the light change and experimenting with various compositions.

I have an ongoing portfolio of pattern images that has been developing since I bought my first camera in 1974!

What portfolios have you been developing long term?

Here are links to my book and portfolio.  Enjoy!

By Nature’s Design Porfolio

By Nature’s Design Book


See my BetterPhoto Portfolio Development course.

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 and One-on-One Workshops in his home studio near Yosemite National Park.

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  3. Good to hear from you, Bob! The fire is not near here, but I do own a home in old El Portal, which was evacuated on Friday. We have been renting it since we moved here to Oakhurst in 2000.
    I bought this home in 1981 from The Ansel Adams Gallery when I worked there. Lived in it for 20 years! We are hoping our friends there will be back in their homes safely soon.

    Your project sounds great, and I know you have strong images from there already, yes? Keep me posted on your progress!

  4. Hi Bill, I hope the fires are staying away from you.

    I like the new image! It helps remind me that fine images can be made anywhere, we just have to do the work.

    In addition to my on-going design in nature series. I’m also continuing to photograph the changing character of a local creek, the St. Vrain, from the glacial headwaters above 13,000 feet, to confluence with the South Platte on the plains.

    I find the changes in geomorphology and context of this humble little creek to be interesting, magnified by the seasons. Looking forward to completing a series of images next year as a Blurb book, but I will never really be finished photographing the creek.


  5. Hi Bill!

    I’m still on a bit of a high after my experience with you at the On-on-one workshop Friday.

    I was out on my mountain bike yesterday scanning the landscape for photo ideas and came away with several that I believe came directly from that experience there.

    The time spent with you and with John gave me much in the ways of affirmation, motivation and a good sense of what makes my stronger images strong and why my weaker images are as such.

    My introduction to Adobe Light room as you guys are applying it was great and to see you process an image from camera to print was awesome. I truly had no idea what goes into a professional image.

    I’ve taken a number of classes from the better photo web site and have appreciated access to professional feedback, but I have to admit this was a big notch up for me!

    I’m headed for the Eastern Sierras this weekend and can’t wait to get back out and build on what I’ve learned.

    Thanks again

    My best

    Rick Hardt

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