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Water Lily 2

Water Lily 2. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 200. 1/1000 sec at f/4.8. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Water Lily 2. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 200. 1/1000 sec at f/4.8. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Another image shot the other day at the Hammond Museum Japanese Gardens in NY.

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Water Lily

Water Lily. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105 mm. ISO 200. 1/125 sec at f/16. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Water Lily. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105 mm. ISO 200. 1/125 sec at f/16. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Water Lily. I particularly like the way the flower is reflected in the water in this image. Shot in the Hammond Museum Japanese Garden in South Salem, New York.

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Pine Cone (Larch)

Pine Coane (Larch). Nikon D200. MicroNikkor 105 mm. ISO 720. 1/60 sec at f/13.0. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Pine Cone (Larch). Nikon D200. MicroNikkor 105 mm. ISO 720. 1/60 sec at f/13.0. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

The larch is a deciduous conifer inĀ the pine family. LarchesĀ are very attractive trees. The composition in this image – with so many lines going in different directions, straight and curved, and segmenting the space in unusual ways – is just weird. I don’t know if it “works.” It’s certainly unconventional. But I like the effect. In spite of the active background, the cone stands out.

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Rhododendron

Rhododendron. Nikon D200. Nikkor 105 mm Macro. ISO 200. 1/160 sec at f/8.0. June 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Rhododendron. Nikon D200. Nikkor 105 mm Macro. ISO 200. 1/160 sec at f/8.0. June 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

The image is from the recent Rhododendron series. I’ve worked on this one quite a lot to get what I’ve envisioned in black-and-white (ethereal, almost ghostly, a softly sensuous look). Processed using both Nik Color Efex and Nik Silver Efex. Click image for larger.

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Rhododendron – Black & White

Rhododendron. Nikon D200. Nikkor 105 mm Macro. ISO 200. 1/500 sec at f/3.0. May 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Rhododendron. Nikon D200. Nikkor 105 mm Macro. ISO 200. 1/500 sec at f/3.0. May 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

This is different. The black-and-white image creates a completely different “look” to the flower. This particular one seems to come across with less of a sense of life and vitality. It’s more melancholy, almost desolate, by comparison. Processing included some color filters and adjustments to exposure and contrast.

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Rhododendron 8

Rhododendron. Nikon D200. Nikkor 105 mm Macro. May 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Rhododendron. Nikon D200. Nikkor 105 mm Macro. ISO 200. /250 sec at f/4.8. Single-image HDR. May 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Unlike the previous image, created by merging three images with varying exposures, this is a single-image HDR. The HDR process consists of two broad steps: merging multiple images, and tone-mapping the resulting single image. (Tone-mapping, literally, in essence, maps the existing tones in the image to a broader range [i.e. dynamic range] of tones, thus enhancing the picture.) The overall aim of postprocessing this image has been to bring out the rich pink of the folded flowers not yet opened, while retaining the white in the flowers that have opened. Other choices included cropping to a square format, which emphasizes the single flower cluster against the background.

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