My Favorite Photographs of 2016

Greetings from the Sierra Nevada. It is that time of year again when we all look back at the events of that last year, and look forward to the year ahead. Many photographers have developed the good habit of editing a collection of their favorite images for the year. The process of self-assessment is a vital part of artistic growth. In the day-to-day rush of life, we don’t often stop to see trends in our own image-making. By turning back the clock, we can see if we’re stuck in a rut or are hopefully making great progress.

I have included capture details, date and time of exposure, in chronological order. I hope you will visit my blog and add your comments or favorites at the bottom of the page.

May 2017 brings you joy, peace, and exciting photographic opportunities. Cheers to a happy and healthy New Year!   Bill


Vernal pools, Little Table Mountain, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 16-35mm F2.8,
1/60 second at f/14, ISO 100
2/2/16 9:42:36 AM

 

 


Purple Plum Blossoms, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/60 second at f/20, ISO 400
3/6/16 8:10:59 AM

 

 


Raindrops and Agave ovatifolia ‘Vanzie’, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 50mm F2.5,
1/6 second at f/22, ISO 100
3/14/16 10:37:07 AM

 

 


Succulent, Clovis, California 2016
Jag.gr-PureShot for Apple iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2,
1/30 second at f/2.2, ISO 80
3/15/16 9:24:41 AM

 

 


Succulent #2, Clovis, California 2016
Jag.gr-PureShot for Apple iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2,
1/30 second at f/2.2, ISO 40
3/15/16 9:25:04 AM

 

 


Two Oaks and morning mist, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 16-35mm F2.8,
1/50 second at f/20, ISO 100
3/22/16 8:00:59 AM

 

 


Tree and wall, Oakhurst, California 2016
Jag.gr-PureShot for Apple iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2,
1/30 second at f/2.2, ISO 25
4/18/16 3:42:53 PM

 

 


Dawn Mist and Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
10.00 second at f/14, ISO 100
4/23/16 5:54:22 AM

 

 


Dogwood and Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1 second at f/16, ISO 100
5/2/16 7:32:13 PM

 

 


Backlit maple leaves and Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/1 second at f/18, ISO 200
5/3/16 6:45:27 PM

 

 


Morning Mist at dawn, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/2 second at f/18, ISO 100
5/9/16 6:04:44 AM

 

 


Rising Mist at dawn, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/2 second at f/32, ISO 100
5/9/16 6:22:55 AM

 

 


SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM,
1/13 second at f/20, ISO 100
5/9/16 6:26:23 AM

 


Sunrise Mist, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/400 second at f/18, ISO 100
5/9/16 6:36:35 AM

 

 


Bridalveil Fall and Maple Leaves, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4,
1/640 second at f/16, ISO 400
5/18/16 1:08:17 PM

 

 


Salsify Seeds at sunset, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/1600 second at f/3.5, ISO 125
6/5/16 7:15:17 AM

 

 


Bridalveil Fall and mist, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/1250 second at f/10, ISO 200
6/22/16 1:19:23 PM

 

 


Lower Yosemite Fall triptych, Yosemite National Park, California 2016

 

 

 


Pebbles, Montaña de Oro State Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/6 second at f/22, ISO 100
8/7/16 7:13:51 PM

 

 


Rock formations and surf, at Montaña de Oro State Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1.30 second at f/32, ISO 100
8/7/16 7:39:45 PM

 

 


Forest reflections, Manzanita Lake, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/25 second at f/8, ISO 400
9/23/16 5:54:57 PM

 

 


Autumn Elm and Mist, Yosemite National Park, California
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/30 second at f/25, ISO 125
10/21/16 8:07:57 AM

 

 


Maple Leaves and Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/3 second at f/25, ISO 320
10/21/16 4:35:17 PM

 

 


Cottonwoods, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/4 second at f/22, ISO 100
10/22/16 10:26:09 AM

 

 


Half Dome, Elm and Sunbeams, Yosemite National Park, California
ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4,
1/250 second at f/16, ISO 400
10/29/16 8:19:06 AM

 

 


Half Dome and Elm at sunrise, Yosemite National Park, California
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4,
1/1000 second at f/20, ISO 400
10/29/16 8:23:40 AM

 

 


Maple Leaves along the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1.60 second at f/22, ISO 100
10/29/16 4:57:30 PM

 

 


Autumn Oaks in the Mist, Yosemite National Park
ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4,
1/50 second at f/16, ISO 100
10/31/16 9:19:31 AM

 

 


Black Oaks and Sunbeams, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4,
1/50 second at f/16, ISO 100
10/31/16 9:20:25 AM

 

 


Rock, Tree and Waterfall, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
2 second at f/19, ISO 100
11/1/16 7:46:51 AM

 

 


Cliffs and Mist, Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4,
1/30 second at f/18, ISO 100
11/1/16 9:24:15 AM

 

 


Gathering Autumn Storm, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4,
1/60 second at f/18, ISO 100
11/1/16 10:05:16 AM

 

 


Clouds at Sunset, El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/13 second at f/18, ISO 100
11/1/16 5:49:01 PM

 

 


Rapids and Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 24-105mm F4,
5.00 second at f/22, ISO 100
11/5/16 10:29:36 AM

 

 


Forest Reflections and Rapids, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
2 second at f/32, ISO 100
11/7/16 11:15:39 AM

 

 


Maple Leaves, the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 70-200mm F2.8,
1/2 second at f/29, ISO 100
11/7/16 11:49:18 AM

 

 


Ice, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/2 second at f/22, ISO 125
12/1/16 10:22:00 AM

 

 


Oak and Purple Plum leaves, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
5.00 second at f/29, ISO 100
12/10/16 2:38:38 PM

 

 


Ice formations, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
2 second at f/16, ISO 100
12/17/16 9:35:04 AM

 

 


Ice forms, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/3 second at f/20, ISO 100
12/19/16 9:19:01 AM

 

 


Purple Plum leaves and frost, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/2 second at f/18, ISO 100
12/19/16 9:45:25 AM

 

 


Crystalline Ice forms, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
2 second at f/32, ISO 100
12/25/16 10:04:10 AM

 

 


Ice curves, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/25 second at f/18, ISO 100
12/25/16 10:11:31 AM

 

 


Ice patterns, Ahwahnee, California 2016
SONY-ILCE-7RM2, 90mm F2.8,
1/40 second at f/18, ISO 100
12/27/16 9:48:48 AM

 

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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  3. Excellent collection of images William, you had a very productive and creative year! I love the abstract ice patterns, very reminiscent of one of my favorite photographers, Brett Weston. Keep up the good work in 2017!

  4. Stellar body of work William. Always a pleasure to see your year end photos and really appreciate your participation in this years Best Photos of the Year blog project. I hope you and your family have a great 2017!

    1. Hi Beth, Thanks so sharing your favs. I really enjoyed seeing your 2016 portfolio. Well done. I especially enjoyed seeing images taken when I was there!

      Best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

  5. Thank you for posting these annual favorites – What a beautiful array of images!. What strikes me about the collection as a whole is how consistently your photographs capture and evoke emotion. I love them all, but I’m especially fond of the ice forms (I’m drawn to abstracts more and more these days). The images from Montana de Oro have sentimental appeal, too, since I grew up in Morro Bay. Just posted my own “best of” – http://henexson.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/2016-highlights

  6. Bill,

    I look forward to seeing you end of the year favorites! I espcially like the Vernal Pools, but I am intrigued by all of it. I’m reminded that I need to keep going to Inspiration Point. I probably won’t live here forever. I also photographed plenty of leaves this year!

    Best wishes,
    Hugh Sakols

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