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Evolution (Tree)

Evolution. Nikon D200. 35 mm. ISO 200. 1/250 sec at f/6.7. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Evolution. Nikon D200. 35 mm. ISO 200. 1/250 sec at f/6.7. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

I’ve had this tree on the computer for a while and have tried a number of different approaches to processing it. None quite did what I wanted, and yet something but this tree appealed to me and urged me to keep working on it. I’ve settled on this infrared processing which seem to emphasize the fine and detailed structure of the tree. The title “Evolution” has two connotations. I think of this tree as having to be – like any organic being – the result of millions of generations of evolution. The structure of the limbs and successively fine branches and foliage also look to me like  a map of the many branches of the evolutionary “tree” converging to create this magnificent entity.


Gazebo 3

Gazebo 3. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/450 sec at f/6.4. Infrared. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

This is an infrared image of a small gazebo in the gardens.  I am drawn to such structures and scenes for the juxtaposition of the organic and the geometric.


Angeles Crest 2

Angeles Crest 2. Fuji X100. 23mm. ISO 400. 1/240 sec at f/16. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

Here is a new image from this week’s drive up the Angeles Crest in the Angeles N.F.


Scene, At Getty

Scene, At Getty. Nikon D200. Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8. 48mm (Equiv 72mm). ISO 200. 1/125 sec at f/16. Infrared. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

There’s a spot in the Getty just west of the top of the stairs at the main entrance. The shadows that play around this spot are fascinating, all the more so now that it’s spring and we have flowering vines hanging from it. I’ve shot this before and probably will again. This is an infrared image.


Vine and Travertine

Vine and Travertine. Nikon D200. Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8. 28mm (Equiv 42mm). ISO 400. 1/750 sec at f/9.5. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

Shot at the Getty Center (which is constructed of all Travertine marble) in Los Angeles. This is an infrared image.


The Desert Series

I thought it was time to highlight the Desert Series again since a few new images have recently been added to the series. The following image from the Mohave Desert in California is a new image in the Desert Series.

Note: If you click this image you will not get the usual larger image. Instead, you will be taken to my other photography site, http://www.joannemasonphotography.com, →into a slide show featuring all 14 of the images currently in the Desert Series. Note that you can run this slide show at full screen if you wish; the images are also much higher resolution than images on this blog.

Desert Series. Part 2 No.4 Mohave Desert. Fuji X100. 23mm. ISO 400. 1/400 sec at f/16. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

The Desert Series is a continuing series of images based on desert scenes from the American Southwest. The series consists mostly of  composed and altered images utilizing infrared, solarization, selective colorization and filtering, and other postprocessing techniques to produce imaginative altered images evocative of the many and at-times otherworldly moods of the deserts.

Of all the earth’s environments, the deserts are in my mind the most unusual in being both human and superhuman. At times and by many considered unfit for human habitation, for many others the deserts have made fine homes, notwithstanding demanding and often seemingly most inhospitable conditions. In fact, the deserts are home to most rich and diverse ecosystems of flora and fauna. In spite of this, the deserts seem to us alien and desolate, a projected image which perhaps plays a role in protecting the deserts’ denizens. In this demanding climate and scene of desolation, much beauty nevertheless abounds, patiently waiting for the determined seeker to appreciate it. The reimagining of the desert which take place in these photographs is an effort to explore these many dimensions, some apparent and many hidden, of the beauty of the desert.

All images and text Copyright © Joanne Mason 2011-2012 and strictly protected. All rights reserved. Do not copy or download for any purpose without explicit written authorization. 



Teahouse. Fuji X100. 23mm. ISO400. 1/125 sec at f/5.6. Infrared. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

This is an infrared image of the teahouse at the Descanso Gardens Japanese Garden.


Desert Series Vol 2 Number 5

Desert Series Vol 2 Number 5. Nikon D200. Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8. ISO 800. 1/500 sec at f/13. Image altered through solarization, infrared emulation, selective colorization. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

Here is another new Desert Series image. This was shot in northern Arizona on the Colorado Plateau.

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