Office Building. Fuji X100. 19 mm. ISO 400. 1/480 sec at f/11. Infrared in post. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.
Office Building. Fuji X100. 19mm. ISO 400. 1/80 sec at f/11. Infrared in post. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.
Office Building. Fuji X100. 19 mm. ISO 400. 1/105 sec at f/11. Infrared in post. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.
An exercise in line, angle, planes, curve: Interesting though essentially spiritless geometries in modern office buildings. The treatment of the images in infrared emphasizes the rather ominous and impersonal – lifeless – nature of this architecture. Click each image for a larger view.
Here are three more images from the weekends photo shoot at Grace Farms. Because of the season – although late winter, no foliage had begun to fill in the scenery – and the dynamic angles and curves to be found throughout the Grace Farms “River,” I have done these in B&W. There’s been a minimum of processing, mostly exposure and contrast.
Grace Farms, New Canaan, CT. Nikon D7100, 26 mm on 17-55mm zoom. ISO 800. 1/3 sec at f/8.0.
Grace Farms, New Canaan CT. Nikon 7100, 24 mm on 12024mm wide zoom. ISO 1600. 1/800 sec at f/16.
Grace Farms, New Canaan, CT. Nikon D7100. 244 mm on 12-24mm wide zoom. ISO 1600. 1/320 sec at f/16.0.
Yesterday’s Grace Farm’s images were presented pretty much as shot. I would like now to begin looking at some more images presented with some editing. This image is a combination of three shots, done using HDR methods. The design of the Grace Farms River is to emphasize the flowing, curving quality. The preponderance of glass allows the River to be seen as one with the landscape. The emotional reaction is intended, I think, to be one of peaceful reflection and calm. But at the same time, the optics of the design offers conflicting views. Here, we have a nearly 180 degree curve in the glass wall at the lower end of the library. The pictures were shot just as the sun was shining almost through the top of the distant trees.
What are we seeing here? The distant seems near, and the near seems distant. What is reflection and what not? Are we seeing the distant trees and the sunrise through the class? Well, yes. Yet at the same time, the image seems close, almost close enough to touch. Is it in front? Within? Beyond? And are such questions compatible with the element of calm and peace that the design seeks to evoke?
Looking through the Grace Farms River at Sunrise
Random Sights returns after a bit of a hiatus. The Greenwich bank show is over, and so it’s on to new projects. I should get back on the old schedule of regular posting soon. In the meantime, here are a few images shot this morning shortly after sunrise at Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT.
Grace Farms is 80 acres of open space for people to experience nature, encounter the arts, pursue justice, foster community, and explore faith. Winding through the heart of Grace Farms is an extraordinary building, the “River,” encompassing a number of spaces within, design by Pritzker-winning architects, SANAA. Like a river, the River twists and turns as it meanders down the hill, simultaneously a glass-enclosed modernist (and almost Bauhaus) structure, and a living organic form at one with it’s natural environs. Go here for more information about Grace Farms. More images in days ahead.
1069 5th Ave. New York. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 200. 1/110 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.
The afternoon sun on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. Fifth Ave mansions have always seemed to me both intimidating and appealing, in part because of their strong geometry – here emphasized by the strong contrasts cast by the afternoon sun.
Spiral. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 200. 1/400 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.
For a change of pace, this is the Guggenheim Museum in New York. It’s a somewhat iconic image; I wanted to do it a little differently, thus the double exposure blur. (Click image for larger.)