Fallen leaves

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__TS-E90mm f/2.8__3.0 sec at f / 32
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__TS-E90mm f/2.8__3.0 sec at f / 32

There is an small saping tree growing in my front yard.  I don’t know the species but it might a walnut tree.  It sprung up out of an old ground squirrel hole.  The leaves have been falling to the ground in this late summer heat – about 95 degrees now.  The other evening, I noticed some wonderful textures in one leaf so I collected a handful and put them in a box with the idea of creating an image.  This morning I photographed them in several lighting conditions.  This frame was made indoors by window light, with a sunlit interior wall reflecting light onto the leaves.



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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.

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  2. Thanks, Stacey and Radek,

    The leaves are in a cardboard box, put in as I collected them. This process was fairly random, with some tweaks to cover the cardboard and give interesting angles to leaf lines.

  3. Beautiful and powerful image. Not sure how many times I would have to go out and take photos of leaves under different conditions, before I realized that I can move the leaves 😉

  4. Bill, I have to agree, the color and texture of these simple leaves is quite wonderful. Thanks for sharing them. I do have a question though. When you lay down a group of leaves like this, do you do much arranging or let them fall where they may and work the compositions from the camera (with maybe some minor tweaks)? Just curious.

  5. Serendipity… just this morning I photographed some dead maple leaves outside my back door that had fallen off in our last windstorm. I find the brown color of decomposing leaves very beautiful and I’m glad other people see this beauty too!

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