High Country Spring!

Greetings from the Sierra Nevada,

In my past two blogs posts, I’ve shared new work from this spring and early summer.  Here are four more, with comments and details below each image.
If you have a favorite image from below, or comments, please add below!  My favorite is the first one!

Ride the Light,

William Neill Private Yosemite Workshops


Corn Lily Leaves, Yosemite National Park, California
This photograph is made from four frames with bracketed focus points, blended with Zerene Stacker software (http://zerenesystems.com/cms/stacker).
Copyright © 2013 William Neill


Corn Lily Leaves, Yosemite National Park, California
This photograph is made from four frames with bracketed focus points, blended with Zerene Stacker software (http://zerenesystems.com/cms/stacker). 
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

While creating the first two Corn Lily images, I clearly remembered one of Paul Caponigro’s finest photographs, of an apple that reminds most who see it of a galaxy of stars. I happily acknowledge that inspiration. Be sure to read John Paul Caponigros blog post here:http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/7846/masterworks-in-my-collection-paul-caponigro-apple-new-york-city-1964/

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour…” -William Blake.

Or a galaxy in these Corn Lily leaves.

I created the two versions, trying to best heighten the “galaxy” effect of rain drops and pollen I was inspired by on these leaves.


Sunbeam on Corn Lily Leaves, Yosemite National Park, California
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, TS-E90mm f/2.8,
1/4 second at f/22, ISO 400
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

When photographing corn lilies a couple of weeks ago, the weather was just what I wanted, overcast and dizzily. But for a few minutes, the sun burst through to backlight the wondrous leaves.

Sometimes the light is all shining on me…


Sunset over the Merced River Canyon, Yosemite National Park, California
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/10 second at f/9.5, ISO 100
Copyright © 2013 William Neill

I was near Glacier Point when photographing the corn lilies above, and could have arrived in time for an incredible rainbow at sunset (not that it bugs me AT ALL). But I didn’t… I did see amazing light and colorful clouds on my way home to Oakhurst with sunset light streaming through pouring rain over the Merced River Canyon, my home for 20 years. Stopped to photograph, and here is one of them. I created it using the 32-bit plugin from Photomatix Pro, selecting the images in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom which blends the images through the plugin and brings the TIFF back to LR. I also used Lens Correction to straighten out the trees.


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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