Random Sights and Diversions

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Branch and Leaves

Branch and Leaves. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 200. 1/500 sec at f/5.6. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Branch and Leaves. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 200. 1/500 sec at f/5.6. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

There is a world of texture and form in this one tree branch with leaves. (Click image for larger.)

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Garden Tree

Garden Tree. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 900. 1/60 sec at f/16. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Garden Tree. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 900. 1/60 sec at f/16. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

“Garden Tree” because it was shot in a Japanese garden, and the tree was perfectly placed in spite of its mass and scale. (I think this is a spruce, but would love to be corrected if anybody knows otherwise.) The trunk is especially interesting with these young shoots – It’s the strength and dignity of age along with the delicacy and enthusiasm of youth.

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Larch

Larch. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 200. 1/125 sec at f/11. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Larch. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 200. 1/125 sec at f/11. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

The larch is a deciduous conifer of the pine family. The needles are very fine and airy, giving the tree a kind of ethereal presence. The larch is well suited to gardens, and especially Japanese gardens, which is where this one was shot.

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White Flower

White Flower. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 200. 1/5 sec at f/16. June 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

White Flower. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 200. 1/5 sec at f/16. June 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Another black and white image from the recent series of azaleas and rhododendrons.

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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 in the pine family. Larches 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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