Happy 2010 / Best of 2009

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Many years ago, when I was involved with Ansel Adam’s workshops, I was fortunate to hear lectures by many master photographers.  One of them was Jerry Uelsmann, who became a friend and mentor.  During his lectures, he would show his work from the past one year.  Since his work involves compositing many images together, these images including variations he had tried, often with the same objects in different.  The view was able to see some of the progression of Jerry’s creative process and always felt inspired when seeing his presentations.  I’ve often thought I should do this myself each year, in order to assess my year’s efforts, but never got around to it.

With the advent of Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, it is easy to create a Best Of portfolio to share with friends and fellow photographers.  Here is a collection of my images from 2009.  I started the new year in India, so a few images are from there.  Otherwise, I didn’t travel much so many images are ones made around my house, in nearby Yosemite and during a short trip to the Monterey coast.

Best wishes for the coming year,


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.

23 replies on “Happy 2010 / Best of 2009”

  1. Wonderful images! The simplicity – along wiht the exceptional execution is something to aspire to. I am struggling to narrow down images from 35 days of shooting in a single location (the Smokies). An entire year takes some real effort.

    I’m curious – you have a large number of macro and close up images in this group. Was that by design for this year or a technique you chose to emphasize?

  2. Beautiful and inspiring work as always Bill. Your portfolio exemplifies how beauty can be found right outside your door as easily as half way around the world. I look forward to seeing what catches your eye in the year to come.

  3. Bill –

    Very nice series and a very nice post/representation of your work this year.
    PS – my absolute favorite is the bull kelp image. I can feel the ocean breeze and cool water at my feet in this one!

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