About Bill Heller

Bill Heller is a local photographer who has been contributing to the Santa Barbara View since February, 2009. His photographs, virtual reality photos, and innovative video techniques showcase our beautiful City and County on a weekly basis. You can visit Bill's website at, http://www.billheller.com.

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Cypress Silhouette

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Cypress Silhouette
This is one of my favorite trees in the Santa Barbara area. A beautiful Cypress that hangs out over Butterfly Beach in Montecito. It always makes a beautiful frame for the lights of Santa Barbara in the distance. -Bill Heller

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Poppy in the Morning Dew

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.

Happy California Poppy Day! “The golden poppy (Eschscholzia) is the official State Flower. April 6 of each year is hereby designated California Poppy Day.”
California Poppy in the Morning Dew
This beautiful local native appeared in the pot of one of our plants in the back yard a couple years ago. In the spring they pop up everywhere when the conditions are right. They can be a bit particular about their environment when you try to plant them, but once they are really established in an area they come back year after year. I have not seen this guy’s relatives yet this year. But I’m sure one day I’ll go out in the back yard and they will be there to brighten my day.

-Bill Heller

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Sandpiper Sunset

Santa Barbara Photo of the Week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Sandpiper Sunset
The rain isn’t the only thing we’ve been missing this year. The lack of moisture has made it a more timid than usual sunset season. But if there is one place you can count on to get every bit of breathtaking beauty out of a sunset it’s Sandpiper Golf Course. Evenings like this make me want to take up golfing just to have an excuse to spend more time there.

-Bill Heller

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Santa Barbara Harbor Reflections

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
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I so love wandering the harbor and the breakwater looking at the beautiful sailboats. I’m usually there in the evening looking for an amazing sunset or the gorgeous winter clouds. But there’s something to be said for the clear still water on a beautiful day like this. It might not have made a great day to take one of these beauties out, but they are still an amazing sight to see.

-Bill Heller

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Bixby Creek Coastline Big Sur

Photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Bixby Creek Coastline
Today I thought you might enjoy something a little different. There’s no doubt we’re blessed in the Santa Barbara area with some of the most beautiful views in California. But, continuing up the coast there are some absolutely amazing things to see. This is Bixby Creek bridge in Big Sur, on a good day about a four and a half hour drive up Pacific Coast Highway. Bixby and his, Rocky Creek Bridge about a mile further north were finished in the early 1930′s and they are quite a sight. Every day in Big Sur is a unique work of art. This day was virtually cloudless, but there was still enough fog over the water and mist from the waves to give the late afternoon sun some nice golden color. If you’ve never taken the drive, it’s well worth it. But do be aware of weather and road conditions, as some parts of the highway south of Big Sur can be challenging for people at the wrong times.

-Bill Heller

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Alice Keck Park Peaceful Night

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Alice Keck Park Gazebo Across the Pond
To say goodbye to standard time, I thought a long exposure just after dark would be fitting. These early evenings have been wonderful for this type of photography. But I do like this time of year when we get an extra hour of daylight. An extra hour of watching the golden light play on the mountains and explore the angles as the sun finds it’s way back to warm our beautiful long summer days.

This is of course Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. From the bench on the little island, one of my favorite spots to stop and watch the world go by. -Bill Heller

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Shipwrecked After Dark

Santa Barbara Photo of the Week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
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If you have to be shipwrecked, this is a nice place to do it. Every so often a sailboat slips its mooring in the Santa Barbara area, and it seems more often than not they end up on Butterfly Beach. This shot is from a year or so ago, but I stumbled across it again when I was searching for an image. The exposure was quite long (well long for cameras these days anyway) taken well after sunset, which created kind of a dreamy quality. Well, dreamy unless it’s your boat! -Bill Heller

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Sunset Dog Run

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Sunset Dog Run
Dogs always know how to have the most fun, especially at the beach. These guys were racing up and down the beach at Shoreline Park with seemingly infinite energy. Their people, like my wife and I, were more content to just take in the amazing beauty around us. -Bill Heller

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Fog Over The Good Land

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Fog Over The Good Land
This is one of those images you’re going to want to go full size to really appreciate. There’s quite a bit going on, but most of it is subtle.

This angle is from the foothills just outside Santa Barbara, overlooking the city of Goleta. I love it when the fog hugs the surface like this right at sunset. The glow of the fading sun and the city lights make some amazing long exposures. And the fog was rolling in quickly the night I took this. About ten minutes after this shot there were no discernible points of light. Well not on the ground anyway. The stars were still amazing! In fact you can just make out some of the Milky Way in the left side of the photo. -Bill Heller

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SBIFF Waiting in the Balcony for Robert Redford

One final view of the 29th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Virtual reality photography by Bill Heller

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Santa Barbara International Film Festival Gallery

Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre, David O. Russell, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, June Squibb, Martin Scorsese & Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Redford, Bruce Dern and 70 incredible images from Bill Heller. The final photo gallery for the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. A special thank you to Carol Marshall and Roger Durling for providing red-carpet access to the stars. And a shout out to the Film Festival’s friendly staff and to the hundreds of volunteers who make it possible.

Bruce Dern Interview
Leonard Maltin on the Red Carpet
Diane Lane
Diane Lane
Bruce Dern at the Arlington
Bruce Dern
Robert Redford
Robert Redford
Robert Redford
Robert Redford Standing Ovation
Tehmina Sunny
Tehmina Sunny
Cinema Vanguard Award Winners
Katie Cleary
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio Interview
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio smiling
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese Signing Autographs
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Interviewed
Sombras de Azul Cast
Jared Leto Thumbs Up
Jared Leto
Laughter on the Red Carpet
June Squibb
Andrea Casaseca Ferrer
Brie Larson
Brie Larson
Brie Larson
Christopher Lloyd Interview
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan
Richie Mehta
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A Life Outside Director and Cast
Pilar Lopez de Ayala
Night Has Settled - Director and Cast
Pete Hammond interviewing Cate Blanchett
Pete Hammond at the Podium
Cate Blanchett Smiling on the Red Carpet
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett Under the Lights
David O. Russell and Roger Durling
David O. Russell
David O. Russell Interview on the Red Carpet
Douglas Stone
Frances Fisher
Melissa Leo
Rob Steinberg
Sarah Farooqui
Saye Yabandeh
Saye Yabandeh Posing on the Red Carpet
Arlington Searchlights
Arlington Opening Night Marquee Santa Barbara International Film
Arlington Opening Night Twilight
Arlington Standing Room Only
Doctor Sylvia Earle
Fisher Stevens
Introducing the Opening Film
Mission Blue Crew
Roger Durling in the Spotlight
Sylvia Earle and Fisher Stevens introducing Mission Blue
Sylvia Earle - Mission Blue
The Arlington Opening Night
Tim Matheson on the Red Carpet
Tim Matheson Smiling on the Red Carpet

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SBIFF Opening Night

Photos by Bill Heller
SBIFF 2014 Opening Night Prepariations
Before the show, and before the crowds arrive there’s always a million little details to get right. Most of which no one ever sees. (click to enlarge photo)
The Arlington Opening Night
The Arlington Theatre filling up to a sold out opening night crowd at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

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Backlit Monarchs

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Backlit Monarchs
It’s a wonderful time of year for a trip to the Coronado Butterfly Preserve. This was last weekend about two-thirty in the afternoon when the light was coming around behind them. But the light moves fast in their little gorge, only a few moments later the sun was gone from this cluster.

-Bill Heller

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Stearns Sunset from the Vedanta Temple

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Stearns Sunset
Last night’s sunset overlooking Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara from the grounds of the Vedanta Temple in Montecito. The sunsets have been a little less intense this year due to the lack of moisture in the air, but not last night. The beautiful colors in the sky seemed like they would just keep getting more and more intense. Another beautiful evening in Santa Barbara. Be sure to click through to see all the detail.

-Bill Heller

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Dragon Perch

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Dragon Perch
This is a Meadowhawk Dragonfly (A Saffron-winged Meadowhawk I believe) and he was very partial to this one bush. I love chasing these guys. He would tollerate my presence for a while, then he would fly to the other side of the bush. But unlike some Dragonflies, he didn’t seem to have particular favorite perches. Each time he moved to a new spot and a different pose, this was my favorite. They commonly rest with their wings spread wide and straight. But this leaf was more exposed so he had to hold his wings down a little and put his back into the breeze. It made for a much more interesting composition. Dragonflies or people, portraits look better when the subject is not so stiff and still.

-Bill Heller

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