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By the Light of the Moon

By the Light of the Moon. Nikon D7100. 12mm. ISO 200. 25 sec at f/4. Copryight Joanne Mason 2016.

By the Light of the Moon. Nikon D7100. 12mm. ISO 200. 25 sec at f/4. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.

This image is illuminated with a combination of ambient (moon) light and some limited added light, and with very little post capture processing. We rarely see the trees illuminated this way since even on a clear moonlit night, the moonlight provides insufficient light. And we don’t wait 25 seconds for our eyes to collect the light. I think it shows the forest wide awake under the moon at a time we tend to assume all are asleep.

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Lakeside Wind

Lakeside Grass. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/600 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.

Lakeside Grass. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/600 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.

This grass is growing at the shore of the lake. I find it interesting and attractive how the wind (even a steady breeze) shapes the growth and display of the grass.

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Trees in Morning Sunlight

My long-time followers know how much I love trees. Trees, to my mind, are almost sentient. The stand over the landscape and assure that all is right with the natural world. These trees have a celebratory air about them as they rejoice both the warm morning sun of late winter and the imminent arrival of spring. This stand of hickory trees was shot at Grace Farms.

Trees in Morning Sun. Nikon D7100. 35mm. ISO 1600, 1/160 sec at f/22. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.

Trees in Morning Sun. Nikon D7100. 35mm. ISO 1600, 1/160 sec at f/22. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.

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Railroad, Port Chester

Railroad, Port Chester. Nikon D7100. 24 mm. ISO 400. Double exposure. 1/400 sec at f/10. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.

Railroad, Port Chester. Nikon D7100. 24 mm. ISO 400. Double exposure. 1/400 sec at f/10. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.

This is the main northeast railroad through Port Chester, New York. Although the scene is contemporary, I like the older look here. This image gives me the feeling of looking through a window (and not a clean one at that). With no disrespect to the people of Port Chester, I think we’ve a tendency to let many of our towns and villages age less than gracefully. I hope this conveys that sense.

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Grace Farms at Sunrise 3

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.

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 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.

Grace Farms, New Canaan, CT. Nikon D7100. 244 mm on 12-24mm wide zoom. ISO 1600. 1/320 sec at f/16.0.

 

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Tree

Untitled (Tree). Nikon D7100. ISO 400. 45 mm. 1/60 sec at f/11. Processed as infrared in post. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Untitled (Tree). Nikon D7100. ISO 400. 45 mm. 1/60 sec at f/11. Processed as infrared in post. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

The infinite variety of form and shape represented by trees is a source of never-ending fascination. Trees are also a good subject for photography because of this variety; they lend themselves to many different techniques. In this image, infrared emulation was able to bring out the shape of the tree against and otherwise nondescript background.

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