Aspen Explorations

Last week, I spent three days in Lee Vining working with a private student.  We explored the local canyons where the aspen were showing good color, as well as photographing at Mono Lake for two sunrises.  Here is a small portfolio from our sessions.

Please let me know your thoughts and favs, and if you are interested in learning from me, see my Yosemite Private Workshops!

Ride the Light!   Bill

 


Sunrise at South Tufas, Mono Lake Tufa-State Natural Reserve, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/60 second at f/13, ISO 800
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Aspen in autumn, June Lake Loop, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/4 second at f/19, ISO 400
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Aspen Forest Impressions , June Lake Loop, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1 second at f/19, ISO 100
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Aspen backit, June Lake Loop, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM,
1/20 second at f/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Autumn Reflections, Lundy Canyon, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/15 second at f/32, ISO 400
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Last Light, Conway Summit, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/15 second at f/19, ISO 200
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Sunrise over Negit Island and Tufas, Mono Lake Tufa-State Natural Reserve, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
1/2 second at f/16, ISO 100
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

 


Aspen Leaves, Lee Vining Canyon, Inyo National Forest, California 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM,
3 second at f/32, ISO 200
Copyright © 2014 William Neill

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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.

8 replies on “Aspen Explorations”

  1. Hi Bill,

    all your images are extraordinary, I love them all; but my favs are : Autumn Reflections, Aspen Forest Impressions and Aspen in Autumn.

    Thanks for sharing

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I haven’t even finished processing. Next week I am in Yosemite for 3 days, and the next week for four days!

    Regarding my impression images, I used in camera motion, also known as Intentional Camera Motion. You can learn more about my Impressions of Light portfolio, see:
    http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/locations/north-america/impressions-of-light.html#.VEsg5ovF9Ns

    Ebook: http://www.williamneill.com/store/ebooks/impressions-of-light/index.html

  3. All very beautiful images, Bill. My two main favourites are ‘Aspen in autumn’ and ‘Aspen Forest Impressions’ from the June Lake Loop. For me, the first of these is a ‘classic’ type of image of autumn forest but is particularly enhanced by the long format which suits it very well – also gorgeous colours and textures in this one. The ‘Forest Impressions’ image is also a beauty, I assume created through deliberate camera movement during exposure though it could easily be taken for a water reflection. In any case, the technique works really well with this class of subject. I also like ‘Aspen Leaves, Lee Vining Canyon’ – I love the contrast effects in deciduous trees that only have a percentage of their leaves left, and you’ve made a great composition out of this one.
    Keep up the good work, Bill! It’s always worth the time to come and have a look at your latest creations.

  4. Hi Bill,
    Lovely images all. I especially liked the aspen leaves … the pano crop and the impressionistic one (#s 2 and 3) and the very last one with the bight leaves and trunks against the deep dark forest beyond are favorites. I’m curious how you achieved the impressionistic effect … in camera or post?

  5. I especially love Aspen Leaves and Last Light. Their simplicity pulls me in. Am assuming you added some movement to Forest Impressions, also lovely and so soft. I surprised all images were made with the aperture closed down so much, especially for the long exposures. Interesting. Whatever you are doing, it works! Thanks for sharing.

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