Horsetail Falls

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM__1/2 sec at f / 9.5__ISO 100

Last week, I need to make a run to The Ansel Adams Gallery to deliver prints.  I timed the drive so I could check out Horsetail Falls at sunset.  There was some nice light early on, well before sunset, and then clouds came in so it looked like a bust.  But the water lit up nicely right at sunset.  Average light = average photo.

I have been photographing the falls since 1981, with a poster being published of my first session in 1988.  Wish I could find a jpg of it to share!  I’ll have to scan the film someday soon… There is a photo of Horsetail in my Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness book, too.  I have probably photographed it less than ten times since 1981, so you can tell I haven’t spent much time focused on this event.  I prefer to seek out more intimate views of Yosemite.  Still, it is amazing to me to see how many people are showing up to photograph it and it is a wonderful site to see and experience.   I remembering seeing the original Firefalls off of Glacier Point, but this natural event is much more appealing to me.

I made some other photos of the falls, earlier in the evening with shiny cliffs and no color in an attempt to come up a fresh perspective.  I haven’t decided if they are worth sharing yet…  Stay tuned!

AND, Happy Birthday Ansel!  Read my thoughts about him here:  Thoughts on Ansel.

Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness

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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