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Red Tree

Red Tree. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 500. 1/60 sec at f/9. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Red Tree. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 500. 1/60 sec at f/9. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Maurice Denis, writing in 1942 about the post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin (in ABC de la peinture, by Paul Sérusier), wrote:

“How do you see those trees?” asked Gauguin; “If they are yellow, then make them yellow; and that bluish shadow, paint it with pure ultramarine; and those red leaves? Use vermilion.”

For the vermillion leaves, he may have had in mind this tree in autumn. (Click image for larger.)

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White Fence

White Fence. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/60 sec at f/8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

White Fence. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/60 sec at f/8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

A nice scene encountered while out walking through the park with the dog.

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Red Bridge

Red Footbridge. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Red Footbridge. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

I’m continuing to experiment. What I’m seeking in this image is to bring the treatment of other recent images* into a color work. Thus, the image is processed with a lot of very soft focus and blending of some colors, while leaving the red footbridge to stand out. The result has an imaginary dreamy look. Or at least that’s what I’m aiming for.

* In recent images I’ve been trying to work with a style that emulates some elements of early 20th Century American photography, particularly that represented by some of the Photo Secessionist movement. Thus the images have an old-fashioned antique tint (not exactly sepia), soft focus, and a gentle natural composition. See this post for a discussion of the Photo Secession. Original of this color image is here.

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Red Barn

Red Barn. Fuji X100. 23 mm. 1/550 sec f/8.0 @ ISO 800. May 2013. Copyright 2013 Joanne Mason.

Red Barn. Fuji X100. 23 mm. 1/550 sec f/8.0 @ ISO 800. May 2013. Copyright 2013 Joanne Mason.

The contrast of the barn red and the trees and foliage green was striking in this scene. I must go back and shoot more of this red barn. (Post processing on the iPad with Photogene, a new photo editing app I’m trying out – Kind of slow, but lots of power built into it.)

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Red Flowers (Crabapple)

Red Flowers (Crabapple). Nikon D200. 105 mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor. 1/3000 sec f/4.8 @ ISO 1600. May 2013. Copyright 2013 Joanne Mason.

Red Flowers (Crabapple). Nikon D200. 105 mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor. 1/3000 sec f/4.8 @ ISO 1600. May 2013. Copyright 2013 Joanne Mason.

After some diversions in various directions, it’s back to spring flowers. It had been my intention to do this in black-and-white, but as I started post processing, I decided the color effects were much too nice – warm, sensual, comforting and yet provocative. (Click image for larger.)

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Red Dahlia – New Series

Red Dahlia. Nikon D200. 105mm Micro-Nikkor f/2.8. ISO 800. 1/4000 at f/6.7. Sunlight with added ring flash. Image altered in Photoshop. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

This explosion of red is a giant Dahlia shot outdoors in bright sunlight. All Dahlia’s are dramatic, the drama here is heightened by the treatment in post. These New Series images seek to create more stylized and expressive florals through editing in Photoshop.

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Dahlias 5

Dahlias 5. Nikon D200. 105mm Micro-Nikkor f/2.8. ISO 400. 1/250 sec at f/36. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

The yellow converts an otherwise plain image (if any image of dahlias can be said to be plain) into something very striking.

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Vintage Rose

Red Rose. Nikon D200.12-24mm Nikkor f/4. 24mm. ISO 800. 1/350 sec at f/19. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

The title is probably a misnomer. The rose isn’t vintage. But here’s another effort to produce an image that emulates a vintage film look. The rose was shot today. The roses are wilting in the southern California heat, but here and there a lovely bright one jumps out at you.

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