Two Lilies in the Rain

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__TS-E90mm f/2.8__1/6 sec at f / 19
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__TS-E90mm f/2.8__1/6 sec at f / 19

On Sunday, we had rain.  Unusual for August.  Here is an image from the many frames I made.  Given the brown and dry surroundings of my backyard, I enjoyed this lushness!

Starting September 2: Inspiring Nature Photography:  The Essentials (four week course)

I hope that you are enjoying the new blog!  Tomorrow I have another One-on-One workshop.  Have a good weekend.

Cheers,  Bill

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

2 replies on “Two Lilies in the Rain”

  1. Hi Jerry,

    This lens is very helpful here. I am shooting at a low angle so there is a lot of depth, esp at 90mm. I didn’t want my reflection to show, and I was also avoiding tree reflections at this angle. By tilting the lens, I ensure sharpness and also have some flexibility to use a wider aperture. If this had been a straight 90mm, I would have needed f/22 or smaller to get foreground and background pads sharp.

    It is brown around here. No offense! And I am a 4th generation Californian…

  2. I like the lilies. Can you explain why you used the TS lens?

    We moved to California in the particularly dry summer of 1988. When I mentioned the brown hills to my native cousin, she indignantly corrected me: the hills were “golden.” I hope you don’t suffer similar criticism. 😉 —JLD

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