Dogwood blossoms and the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2011

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM__3.0 sec at f / 32__ISO 400
Here is my favorite image from  Saturday May 7th in Yosemite. The dogwood were beautiful, and I had a blast! More to come!  I posted this image on FB earlier but loaded the wrong jpg.
Enjoy, and please give me your feedback!  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.

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  2. This photo was made in the evening. The breeze just stopped for at least 15-20 minutes. This tree blooms very early, about a month ago. Haven’t been since then, but it is about time to photograph waterfalls!

  3. Bill,

    I just returned from Yosemite. I went hoping to get a shot similar to yours but the weather/wind would not cooperate. I’m guessing you shot this early in the morning–5:30-6:30 AM. I made a second attempt a few days after the first trip with a friend-we left the Central Coast at 2:30-got to the valley before 6AM and came home at 11AM the same day–empty handed!! By the way, I just purchased your new e-book–Landscapes of the Spirit- to say that it’s beautiful would be an understatement.

  4. I need to find a Pacific Dogwood sapling for my boyfriend. He fell in love with them when we were at Yosemite last weekend, and wants one for his yard. They seem to be impossible to find in San Diego. Great picture!!

  5. Thanks for your comments. Yes, I have been struggling with the balance between the densities of the blossoms and background water. I have updated the file shown here, with whiter blossoms.

  6. Like the composition, but it’s looking rather grey on my screen – maybe a technical hitch? (I envy you the dogwood: I was in Pennsylvania in April a few years ago and was wowed by the dogwood and redbud, neither of which, of course, we have in England.)

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