My Favorite Photographs of 2019

Greetings from the Sierra Nevada, Happy New Year! I hope your year ahead is happy, healthy, and artistically productive! I’ve always thought that tight editing was a prime skill for any photographer and that I was good at it. Well, this year, I’m proving that incorrect. I decided that since over the past year, I’ve […]

ANSEL ADAMS GALLERY EXHIBIT: LIGHT ON THE LANDSCAPE November 17th – January 4th

  PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBIT: LIGHT ON THE LANDSCAPE November 17th – January 4th Since 1983, when Ansel approved my work for sale in his gallery, I have been exhibiting my fine art prints there. This has been a great honor for me, with 15+ shows over those many years. I’ve chosen this exhibit’s title to be […]

Impressions of Light

Create Artistic Blurs In-Camera Tips for achieving a painterly effect with subtle camera movements     I have been a photographer for four decades. I started out with my first camera in 1974, a 35mm Pentax Spotmatic film camera. Over the years, I have most often photographed natural patterns and other details in the landscape. […]

LIGHT ON THE LANDSCAPE

I am happy to announce my next book! LIGHT ON THE LANDSCAPE: Photographs and Lessons from a Life in Photography. To be published by Rocky Nook in the spring of 2020. A collection of photographs and essays based on my On Landscape column for Outdoor Photographer Magazine. FROM THE PUBLISHER: “For more than two decades, […]

A Dance On The Beach

Published January 17, 2013 Updated July 27, 2016 I began teaching photography 40 years ago. So much has changed since then. Cameras. Software. Digital printing. It’s such an exciting time for photographers, but it can be difficult to keep up with all the rapidly changing technology. After a couple of decades of using film, large-format […]

Protecting Place

Eroded Navajo sandstone slot canyon, Antelope Canyon Tribal Park, Arizona 2002 Wista 4×5 Metal Field Camera NOTE: The original version of this essay was written and published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine in 2002 after a recent visit. I first visited Antelope Canyon in 1982, when only a very few photographers had discovered the remarkably-carved sandstone […]

Last Light – Revisit the key themes in your photography to add depth and quality to your portfolio

I was driving home at sunset a few months ago, as the last light of 2018 faded into darkness. I had recently posted my favorite images of 2018. I stopped to photograph at an open area of grassland where I could see the bands of sunset color. Using the magic of ICM (intentional camera motion), […]

Springtime in Paradise

During the last few weeks, I’ve visited Yosemite Valley several times and I’d like to share my new images with you. Having lived in or nearby the Valley for forty years, it would be all too easy to become jaded or bored photographing the small area for so long. Over the course of a year, […]

Whispers And Shouts

Whispers And Shouts Your subject selection and processing style can and should be affected by what you want to say Text & Photography By William Neill Published April 19, 2019 in Outdoor Photographer Magazine What do you want to say? Standing behind your camera, looking through the viewfinder, what inside there inspires you? Once you stop […]

Winter Etchings

Greetings from Ahwahnee. Over last weekend, we had a massive storm hit Yosemite and the central Sierra Nevada. I hear eight feet of snow fell at Tioga Pass, and ten feet at Mammoth Mountain. That was over 4-5 days. At my location of 2000 ft, we had 3-4 inches. On Tuesday, I walked around my […]

My Favorite Photographs of 2018

NOTE: Five new images have been added at the bottom of this post after the initial upload. The Impressions of Light images were taken during the last light of 2018. Greetings from the Sierra Nevada. It is that time of year again when we all look back at the events of last year and look […]

Focus Your Fall Portfolio

Working with a theme can help you create a unique collection of images By William Neill | September 25, 2015 |     With autumn photography season here, I want to share some ideas that may help you develop an excellent portfolio for this fall season. I have found it useful, for myself and for teaching my […]

Impressions

Autumn tree reflections on Bubble Pond, Acadia National Park, Maine 1992 Impressions (revised from 2003 essay published in Outdoor Photographer.) I enjoy impressionistic art. As a teenager, my mother worked as a docent at the National Art Gallery when we lived near Washington, D.C., so I often had the chance to visit the exhibits.  I was […]

Open Studio Tour coming soon! Sierra Art Trails – October 5, 6 and 7!

We are very pleased to announce that we will be open again for Sierra Art Trails 2018, which is celebrating 16 years of supporting the Arts in the Yosemite Foothills! Mark your calendar for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 5th, 6th and 7th from 10 AM to 6PM. My home studio will be full of my […]

Special Print Offer from The Ansel Adams Gallery

It is my pleasure to announce that The Ansel Adams Gallery is once again sponsoring a special print sale of two of my photographs, offering a 25% discount off the normal price. Visit The Ansel Adams Gallery for more info or to purchase a print. Although I generally prefer creating intimate landscape images, when presented […]

My Favorite Photographs of 2017

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 […]

The Fine Art of Nature for the Holidays

Greeting from Yosemite! It is that time of year when we start shopping for holiday gifts. I’ve provided you with a list of options that feature my photography. I hope that the holiday season is a happy and healthy one for you. Happy Holidays,  Bill ____________________________________________ On the Williams Sonoma online store, my photograph “California Nautilus […]

Featured Portfolio and Interview in LensWork

William Neill presents photographs that go far beyond mere “pretty pictures.” His work reminds us of our deep connection with the planet, inspires us to seek the beauty of nature for ourselves, and encourages us to see with greater intimacy the beauty that surrounds us wherever nature flourishes.    -Brooks Jensen, Lenswork Magazine I am […]

My First “On Landscape” Column for Outdoor Photographer in 1997

    NOTE: This article is reposted from the original essay in 2012… Today, I had a request from my long-time friend and master photographer Michael Frye to post the essay in which I tell the story of making my favorite image, Dawn, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Canada 1995. Here it is as sent to Outdoor […]

Favorite Photographs of 2014

NOTE: I am reposting my Favorite Photographs of 2014 due to a past crash of my blog site…   Happy New Year!  I finally put together my favorite photographs from 2014.  It is always helpful to take the occasional assessment of our own creative progress. You might be interested in reading an essay I wrote on the subject five years […]