Antarctic Dreams – a developing portfolio

Antarctic Dreams – a developing portfolio

I recently returned from an amazing adventure:  Antarctica By Air – A Unique Luminous Landscape Photographic Workshop with Michael Reichmann.

Only three weeks before departure, I was asked to replace an instructor who was unable to go.  Lucky me.  We photographed for five days, and I made 10,000 frames.  I know this amount sounds ridiculous, but the days were very long, the quality of the landscapes and wildlife was epic, and the shooting conditions difficult as we were often photographing from our zodiacs or the ship.  I photographed all images without a tripod, and with little time to deliberate on each composition.  Handholding and using two cameras, one with wide-angle zoom and another with a telephoto zoom, was a constant struggle.  And out of my comfort zone.

I have been editing and post-processing at a frenetic pace, anxious to see, begin to absorb and interpret all that I saw.

Here is a collection of 20 images, chosen only by my spontaneous leaping through my Lightroom catalog.  I am thrilled with the results, but I have a long way to go in my editing.  I plan to develop a portfolio of 40-50 images for a potential ebook, gallery prints and exhibits.

I would enjoy your comments and feedback on this selection.  When I have another set of newly processed images, I will let you know!  As new images are created, I am adding them to my Facebook page, Google+ or 500px.

Enjoy!

Bill


Blue Iceberg, Cierva Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/500 second at f/22, ISO 1600


Crystal Iceberg detail, Cierva Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/250 second at f/22, ISO 1600


Two Humpback Whales and Iceberg, Cierva Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/1500 second at f/11, ISO 800


Chinstrap Penguin, Hydrurga Rocks, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/180 second at f/19, ISO 800

 


Penguin at Dawn, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014 January 30, 2014 05:12:32
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/500 second at f/6.7, ISO 800


Iceberg at Dawn, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
January 30, 2014 05:37:39
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/2000 second at f/2.8, ISO 400


Iceberg formations, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula 2014 January 30, 2014 05:54:08
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/350 second at f/8, ISO 400


Iceberg Towers at Dawn, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
January 30, 2014 05:58:54
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/4000 second at f/2.8, ISO 400


Iceberg Sculpture, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
January 30, 2014 21:50:21
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/125 second at f/19, ISO 800


Sunset, Pléneau Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014 January 30, 2014 22:04:34
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/1500 second at f/6.7, ISO 800


Sunrise, Neumayer Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014 January 31, 2014 05:18:22
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/250 second at f/13, ISO 1250


Morning Light, Neumayer Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014 January 31, 2014 07:10:43
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/250 second at f/13, ISO 200


Glacier, Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsia, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III,
1/6000 second at f/6.7, ISO 400


Glacier and mountains, Scontorp Cove in Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsia, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III,
1/3000 second at f/6.7, ISO 400


Calving Glacier, Scontorp Cove in Paradise Bay, Antarctic Peninsia, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III,
1/6000 second at f/9.5, ISO 800


Gentoo Penguins and solar halo, Cuverville Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM,
1/250 second at f/22, ISO 100


Gentoo Penguin and two chicks, Cuverville Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/1000 second at f/9.5, ISO 400


Gentoo Penguin colony, Cuverville Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM,
1/250 second at f/32, ISO 400


Chinstrap Penguins, Baily Head on Deception Island, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/500 second at f/11, ISO 800


Icebergs at Sunset, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x III,
1/8000 second at f/5.6, ISO 800

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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  7. A super set of images – I’ll look forward to seeing the next crop.

    I’d love to go to Antartica but, short of winning the Lottery, it’s just a dream so I’ll have to enjoy it secondhand.

  8. Stunning. I have always enjoyed and followed your work, learning from and inspired by you quietly in my little corner. I am simply speechless and awestruck…

    …except for one note. In a number of these photos, I see Ansel Adams’s influence coming through and feel like I do when I view his photographs.

    Thank you for sharing your adventure.

  9. Gracias por compartir su magnifico trabajo fotografico,son sencillamente espectaculares sus imagenes.A traves de ellas nos damos cuenta de lo hermoso que es nuestro planeta y asi tomar conciencia de conservarlo.GRACIAS….

  10. Hi Bill,

    Fantastic images. My favorites are the ‘Two Humpback Whales and Iceberg’ and ‘Chinstrap Penguin, Hydrurga Rocks’. The missing part of the iceberg on ‘Two Humpback Whales and Iceberg’ looks like a breaching whale and its appropriate with two humpback in the frame. I love the minimalist abstract nature of ‘Chinstrap Penguin, Hydrurga Rocks’.

    I would also love to hear more of the back story to some of your favorites once all the processing is done.

    Thank you for sharing.

  11. Bill,
    Congratulations on an epic journey. I’ve yet to go there, but I can certainly see from the images you’ve shared that it was probably very easy to take 10,000 frames in five days. I love the light and the textures, shapes and contrasts you captured. I appreciate the fact that you managed to capture these images even though you were out of your comfort zone. Heck, I never shoot without my tripod and like to work at a gentle pace. Sounds as if you had to adapt to a more frenetic pace than you like, but with wonderful results! I’ll be doing some extensive traveling in 2014-15 starting in June (20 countries in 12 months) and hope I can learn to adapt to fast-paced situations as well as you did.

  12. Just keep them coming, Bill. I love the variety — from the huge, stunning ice forms in the water to the intimacy of the penguin looking down at its two chicks. Hope to see some calendars from this as well!

  13. These photos are wonderful. I went on the same trip with Michael Reichman, but we did not fly over the Drake Passage and everyone got sick. Went to some of the same places. Your photographs are wonderful and I also took about 10,000 photos. It will take you some time to get through them.

  14. Oh, these are just wonderful. I especially love the second one, Crystal Iceberg Detail.
    It would be a dream to see something like this, and since it will never happen for me, I’m glad there are your beautiful photos to look at and admire. Congrats on a great job.

  15. Stunning work, Bill! Of course I am very envious, it is a destination that has long been on my list, but then where isn’t on my list??!! Wanderlust is a deadly disease.

    Keep on plowing through your pictures, you are indeed off to a great start with just these.

  16. You have captured the essence of this amazing place. I was there (gosh, it has been almost 10 years ago) and your photos are definitely among the best at bringing me back there visually and emotionally. Can’t wait to see more and to add the upcoming book to my collection.

  17. Thanks for sharing these wonderful images. This is a very beautiful place that many of us will never see in person. I have learned a lot from reading your articles and observing your work. Keep up the good work!!!

  18. Clicks are nice n specially I liked the image – Ice bergs at sun set…good going all the best…..bill

  19. I am thrilling, too, as you move through your process, Bill. It’s so exciting to be witness to the art of Nature and You!

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