Mushroom pano

This last weekend, I was mowing my grass (electric mower, not gas!).  I noticed a mushroom and picked it.  Then I plucked out the stem so I could photograph the radiating pattern.  I tried various framing options including full mushroom and black background, partial mushroom in the frame, and filling the frame with the pattern […]

Sunrise, Scripps Pier

Here is another pier photograph from La Jolla.  This was my first session photographing the pier, and my previous post was taken at sunset on the same day.  For this image, I used my Singh Ray Vari-ND filter to extend the length of the exposure.  I waited for a wave to wash up near my […]

a vacation at the beach…

Last week, my family and I enjoyed a vacation at the beach.  We stayed in La Jolla, a place I’ve been visiting since I was a small kid.  Spent one day at Seaworld, and another day at the beach. I’ve noticed the Scripps Pier for years, and I’ve enjoyed other photographer’s images of piers.  But […]

Ebooks on iPad and iPhone, etc.

Cloud reflections and Mt Moran at the Oxbow Bend on the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming I don’t have any new images to share, but I have been posting several newly scanned 4x5s on my Facebook Fan page.  I hope to have new work to share next week, after I return from a […]

Winter Ice

On Sunday morning, I discovered these great ice patterns in my bucket of landscape pebbles.  The “bucket” is a rectangular cement mixing bucket which I bought when I was building my waterfall feature on my back patio 9 years ago.  At the time, I noticed how vivid the stones were when wet, and started an […]

Spring impressions…

New photo! I made this image yesterday evening.  My purple plums are just started blooming, so out comes the camera!  I used my Canon 90mm TS lens with two Canon 2x extenders.  It’s a bit like have a Lensbaby, and I could play around with focus point and blurring the background.  The image was made […]

Painted Bark

John and I have been working on more scans from my 4×5 film archive.  It has been rewarding to finally make use of these images, but also frustrating to see how many good images are languishing in my filing cabinets.  I have also been placing new images on my Facebook Fan page.  I look forward […]

After the storm…

Yesterday we had a wonderful morning of fog after the night’s rain storm.  I have driven by this location many times in the past, made note of its potential, and finally got myself over there after the morning’s usual parental duties!  Unfortunately, I started out with the wrong lens so I lost some good light […]

Horsetail Falls

Last week, I need to make a run to The Ansel Adams Gallery to deliver prints.  I timed the drive so I could check out Horsetail Falls at sunset.  There was some nice light early on, well before sunset, and then clouds came in so it looked like a bust.  But the water lit up […]

The bark of a Gumbo Limbo tree, Everglades National Park, Florida

The bark of a Gumbo Limbo tree, Everglades National Park, Florida Photographed in 1992 with a Wista 4×5 Field Camera John and I continue our efforts to scan film in my files. Here is an old favorite, never scanned or printed before.  I must credit Eliot Porter for the inspiration as I first learned of […]

Dune Pattern and Storm Clouds, Death Valley National Park, California

Dune Pattern and Storm Clouds, Death Valley National Park, California  1983 Photographed in 1983 with a Wista 4×5 Field Camera Last week, when a client asked me to show him some dune images, my eyes lit up.  I happily sent him a selection of jpgs to review.  This process got my memory in gear and […]

Stones and Reflections

I made this image yesterday on my patio.  The water reflects my ochre-colored wall.  I have been watching the light for when the stones and water were in shadow but the wall remained lit.  I was trying to find a good composition with a single frame but it wasn’t working.  So, used the shift function […]

Ice Jewel

Last weekend, after we had an icy storm that knocked our power out, I made this macro photo.  I had never noticed an “ice drop” of water like this before.  Amazing patterns. This drop was on a young oak tree in my yard, and struggled to compose since I had to stand on a retaining […]

Agave in Color

I am posting the color rendition of my Agave, Hawaii photograph.  I am very pleased with both versions. Do you prefer one over the other?  I am leaning towards the BW version, but still love the rich color and strong contrasting lines seen here. Enjoy!   Bill The William Neill Store By Nature’s Design

New BW Agave image…

Here is a newly scanned 4×5 image of an agave taken on Maui in 1994.  We are working on both color and BW versions, and found many compelling directions.  Thanks to John O’Connor for the great scanning and PS work.  Stay tuned for more variations.  I think that there is an article to write about […]

Happy 2010 / Best of 2009

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This month’s Featured Print / Holiday Offer

Half Dome after winter storm, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2008 ORDER BY DEC 17 TO RECEIVE BY CHRISTMAS! This month’s Featured Print is “Half Dome after winter storm, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2008” shown to the right. The Special Edition photograph is an archival inkjet print, sized to 9″ x 6″ […]

Forest Fog in BW

John and I are working on a new update of my Meditations in Monochrome portfolio.  This version will be available in book form as a Deluxe Edition with a fine art print.  I am hoping to get it all online by Thanksgiving.  This version will include some new images, including the new Forest Fog image […]

Monterey Bay Sunrise

This photograph was made at sunrise overlooking Monterey Bay from Point Pinos.  I used my Singh Ray Vari-ND filter to use a slow shutter speed so the surf would be blurred.  Check out info on this filter here:  Singh Ray Vari-ND filter I hope you enjoy this one!  You might enjoy seeing my portfolio from […]