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.
Branches. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/450 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.
I find these branches – near ready to burst into bloom – a form of visual poetry. Few words are necessary or desirable.
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.
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.
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