William Neill’s Top Forty Images for 2011

I have just put together a collection of my favorite photographs from 2011. Usually, I edited this collection more tightly but I think it might be helpful to show the wide range of creative tangents I took this past year.  To read more about my perspective on the importance of annual assessments, I suggest that you read my On Landscape column in Outdoor Photographer: Best Of The Year – An annual review of your images can point you in new directions of creativity

To see my collection of images from 2010, see My Favorite Images of 2010.

Please tell me which photographs of mine from 2011 are your favorites.  It is always interesting to hear this feedback, so select your fav 3-5 images and tell me why you like them!

Thanks, and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

Bill


Winter Fog and Oaks, Coarsegold, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/4 second at f/6.7, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Calla Leaves, Ahwanhee, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1.5000005191107″ second at f/22, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


White Orchid, Ahwahnee, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro,
1/20 second at f/2.5, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Clearing storm, Foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Madera County, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/3 second at f/8, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Foothills and Winter Storm,Table Mountain,California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1 second at f/6.7, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Almond Trees Blooming, Kern County, California  2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/2 second at f/8, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Almond Trees in Bloom, Kern County, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1 second at f/9.5, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Buckeye, Foothills of the Sierra Nevada, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/3 second at f/19, ISO 200
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Pear Blossoms, Coarsegold, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/4 second at f/4.5, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Pathway and Pear Blossoms, Coarsegold, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1 second at f/9.5, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Plum Blossoms and snow, Ahwahnee, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
1/2 second at f/22, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Pond and Fog, Coarsegold,, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/10 second at f/22, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Buckeye and Oaks, Foothills of the Sierra Nevada, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1 second at f/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Morning Mist and Pines, Foothills of the Sierra Nevada, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/250 second at f/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Spring Oak, Coarsegold, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM,
HDR at f/16, ISO 160
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Roots and Rocks, Merced River at Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
2″ second at f/19, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Dogwood blossoms and the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
3.0000010382213″ second at f/32, ISO 400
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Hosta Leaves, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/15 second at f/16, ISO 400
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Pine and Waterfall, Tioga Road, Yosemite National Park, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/4 second at f/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Rock, Water and Tree, Cascade Falls, Yosemite National Park, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/2 second at f/27, ISO 320
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Evening Light, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/1 second at f/22, ISO 400
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Flower Impressions, Pier 39, San Francisco, California 2011
Apple iPhone 3GS,
2″ second
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Waterfall in Morning Light, Sierra Nevada Foothills, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/4 second at f/9.5, ISO 200
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Waterfall and Sunbeam, Sierra Nevada Foothills, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1.5 second at f/27, ISO 200
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Sunbeam on waterfall, Sierra Nevada Foothills, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
2″ second at f/16, ISO 200
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Late Summer Meadow, Ahwahnee, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
1/8 second at f/13, ISO 320
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Maple Leaf, Ahwahnee, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro,
1″ second at f/32, ISO 200
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 

Autumn forest and slickrock wall, Zion National Park, Utah 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/1 second at f/16, ISO 400
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Reflections, Virgin River, Zion National Park, Utah 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
1/8 second at f/19, ISO 400
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Virgin River Reflections, Zion National Park, Utah 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
1/4 second at f/19, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


River of Light, Virgin River in the Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM,
second atf/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Sandstone Sculpture, Arizona 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM,
3.0000010382213″ second at f/19, ISO 200
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Canyon Sculpture, Arizona 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM,
1.5000005191107″ second at f/16, ISO 200
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Slot Canyon Sculpture, Arizona 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1.5000005191107″ second at f/22, ISO 200
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Hoodoo, Stud Horse Point, Arizona 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/2 second at f/22, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Eroded Rock, Stud Horse Point, Arizona 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1″ second at f/19, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Rocks, Stud Horse Point, Arizona 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
3.0000010382213″ second at f/19, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Morning Fog and Oaks, Ahwanhnee, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
second atf/19, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Sandhill Cranes landing at sunset, Consumnes River Preserve, California 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF300mm f/4L USM +2.0x,
1/250 second at f/8, ISO 1250
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

 


Yellow Orchids, 2011
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
2″ second at f/22, ISO 100
Copyright © 2011 William Neill

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.

33 replies on “William Neill’s Top Forty Images for 2011”

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  2. Hi, Bill…better late than never? You’ll notice that my five tend to be from the first half of the group. That’s because I’d used up my five well before I ran out of favorites! Wonderful work.

    Winter Fog & Oaks
    Calla Leaves ( I had to include a b&w, and I do like this one very much )
    Foothills and Winter Storm
    Plum Blossoms in Snow
    Rock, Water and Tree, Cascade Falls

    Man, so many I had to leave out!

  3. Once again, another great year of images Bill! While it’s hard to choose, my favorites are:

    Pathway and Pear Blossoms, Coarsegold, California 2011
    Plum Blossoms and snow, Ahwahnee, California 2011
    Rock, Water and Tree, Cascade Falls, Yosemite National Park, California 2011
    Waterfall and Sunbeam, Sierra Nevada Foothills, California 2011
    Dogwood blossoms and the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California
    Morning Fog and Oaks, Ahwanhnee, California 2011
    Sandhill Cranes landing at sunset, Consumnes River Preserve, California 2011

  4. I forgot to say why I like these images. The Late Summer Meadow image has a pleasant layering of yellow and crimson, the red rock image simply takes me back to Zion and its beauty, The Spring Oak image is what I see in a lot of California trees and you have captured it and the light very well. The Eroded Rock image just has subrle pleasing patterns that I like.

  5. Hi, Bill:

    I’m partial to oak trees, so I have to endorse Spring Oak, Coarsegold, California 2011
    as my favorite image of yours from 2011. I found virtually all of last year’s work stirring and soulful, though.

    -D

  6. Here are my favorites:

    Late Summer Meadow, Ahwahnee, California 2011, the unnamed image right below Maple Leaf (the red rock and flowered trees that look like it was taken in Zion), Spring Oak, Coarsegold, California 2011 and Eroded Rock, Stud Horse Point, Arizona 2011. These are beautiful images!!

  7. I love the Slot Canyon Sculpture image, it’s an image where many other similar images have been made I really see the proficiency of it was color managed. The color is vibrant but still very subtle as if I was really there.

  8. Here are my favorites:

    Calla Leaves, Ahwanhee, California 2011

    Pond and Fog, Coarsegold,, California 2011

    Spring Oak, Coarsegold, California 2011

    Waterfall and Sunbeam, Sierra Nevada Foothills, California 2011

    Slot Canyon Sculpture, Arizona 2011

    Canyon Sculpture, Arizona 2011

    Morning Fog and Oaks, Ahwanhnee, California 2011

    Yellow Orchids, 2011

  9. Hello William,

    this all are wonderful and inspiring photographs.

    Among those this are my top five:
    – Rock, Water and Tree, Cascade Falls
    – White Orchid, Ahwahnee
    – Winter Fog and Oaks
    – Pear Blossoms, Coarsegold
    – Roots and Rocks, Merced River at Happy Isles

    I hope you have a productive 2012 too and wish you all the best for this year!

  10. I really like looking at the annual “Best Of” posts of other photographers, and also find the picks and comments by viewers very interesting. Here are five that I’d sure like to have hanging on my wall for daily inspiration:
    – Winter Fog & Oaks, Coarsegold
    – Foothills and Winter Storm, Table Mountain
    – Pathway and Pear Blossoms, Coarsegold
    – Morning Mist and Pines, Sierra Nevada Foothills
    – Morning Fog and Oaks, Ahwanhnee

  11. Great collection, Bill. These are the ones that made me stop and look closer:

    Plum Blossoms and Snow…I love the red/pink colors in the snow.

    Pond and Fog…I like how the branches in the foreground are crisp while the rest of the scene is dreamy in the fog.

    Spring Oak…I am always drawn to tree trunk patterns myself.

    Sunbeam on Waterfall…This is a special capture of a fleeting moment.

    Maple Leaf…The simplicity of a single leaf reveals complex patterns and striking color.

    Slot Canyon Sculpture…The patterns of light and dark led me farther into the scene.

  12. Pine and Waterfall, Tioga Road, Yosemite National Park, California 2011

    I like the contrast of motion and stability.

    Flower Impressions, Pier 39, San Francisco, California 2011

    What is the feeling of pink. I can’t quite find a word. I like the way it feels.

    Eroded Rock, Stud Horse Point, Arizona 2011

    I like the graphic elements and the motion they express.

    Sandhill Cranes landing at sunset, Consumnes River Preserve, California 2011

    I can tell the air is in motion and the birds are correcting for the landing. I can tell that they have feet down so they are near the landing. I can fell the motion that is occurring.

    Rocks, Stud Horse Point, Arizona 2011

    The rocks feel peaceful but lead my eye out to the column in the background.

    Regards,
    Larry

  13. My favorites are:
    Buckeye, Foothills of the Sierra Nevada, California 2011
    I’m fond of spring colors and I like the radiant pattern of the branches.

    Rock, Water and Tree, Cascade Falls, Yosemite National Park, California 2011
    This is a testament to the persistence of nature and I like the flow patterns in the water.

    Late Summer Meadow, Ahwahnee, California 2011
    The colors are appealing and the deep reddish tones of the middle band is broken nicely by a handful of larger blooms that echo the yellows in front of and behind the center band of flowers.

    Eroded Rock, Stud Horse Point, Arizona 2011
    I’m just fond of rock patterns and this is a good one.

  14. William,

    Words cannot describe these amazing photos. You are a fantastic photographer and I am glad to be your friend. The photos that you chose are truly outstanding! I love the softness in your photography (if that is an adjective)! Thanks for allowing us to see these wonderful photos!

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