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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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Grace Farms at Sunrise 2

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?

Grace Farms River at Sunrise

Looking through the Grace Farms River at Sunrise

 

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Grace Farms 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.

 

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Solo Show in Greenwich CT

If you’re in the area of Greenwich CT in January or February, stop by the First Bank of Greenwich which is hosting a show of my photography. And if you’re near here this Wednesday the 13th of January, come to the Opening/Reception.

This is a major show, featuring selections of my work in three genres or styles I have been working on: The Impressions From Nature series; Landscapes from the American southwest and from New England; and (mostly) studio-produced florals and botanical images. I am really excited about this show. I’m honored to be included in the shows presented by the First Bank of Greenwich, a bank that is community-oriented and a leading promoter of the arts in southwest Connecticult. The bank presets a series of shows throughout the year.

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NYC 1069 5th Ave

1069 5th Ave. New York. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 200. 1/110 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

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.

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