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Impressions of Nature: Changes

Changes. Nikon D7100. 52 mm. ISO 400. 1/1000 sec at f/6.3. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Changes. Nikon D7100. 52 mm. ISO 400. 1/1000 sec at f/6.3. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

“Changes” is an image in the Impressions of Nature series. There’s been a bit of a hiatus since the last images in this series. This series features digitally manipulated abstract and semi-abstract impressionistic and post-impressionist images drawn from nature scenes. The aim is, in the words of Viktor Shklovsky, to “defamiliarize the familiar,” in order that we might see the colors and patterns and textures of nature in new different ways.

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Improvisation 1

Improvisation 1. Nikon D7100. ISO 400. 52 mm. 1/80 sec at f/8. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Improvisation 1. Nikon D7100. ISO 400. 52 mm. 1/80 sec at f/8. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Improvisation. This is starting a new series. Improvisation can refer to creating something out of other than the usual tools, or for some purpose other than the usual expected. Experimentation, innovation, trial-and-error. In this case, I see improvisation as developing something generative, something suggested but developed without a sense of an intended outcome. A photographic image that becomes something else, driven by its own evolving content. Something that conveys motion, change. As with much modern imagemaking, I intend that the work be appreciated on its own, like a piece of music.

 

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Floral Light

Floral Light. Nikon D7100. Nikon 105mm Macro. ISO 200. 1/60 sec at f/10. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Floral Light. Nikon D7100. Nikon 105mm Macro. ISO 200. 1/60 sec at f/10. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Flowers, of course, naturally turn toward the sun. I believe that in addition, properly viewed, flowers radiate light. Sometimes the light is intense. This image started as a tulip (same tulips shot a few days ago). But it emanates a powerful light, life, energy. The bloom is permeated with light. (A very modest amount of post-capture processing. Click image for larger.)

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“Trees” Takes a First

Trees in Winter (Thick). Fuji X100. 23 mm fixed. ISO 400. 1/125 sec at f/11. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Trees in Winter (Thick). Fuji X100. 23 mm fixed. ISO 400. 1/125 sec at f/11. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

“Trees in Winter (Thick)” won a first place award in the annual Silvermine School of Photography show in NewCanaan which opened this weekend (25th Annual Juried Student Exhibition). (Click image for a full-size view.)

“Trees” is an image in the “Natural Impressions” series, abstract and semi-abstract post-impressionist images drawn from nature and created with post-capture digital manipulation. These images are intended to lead to different ways of seeing and appreciating the colors and textures of nature. Click the image below for a slideshow of some of the images in the “Natural Impressions” series.

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Go here for a gallery of “Natural Impressions.”

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More Abstract Expressionism

Untitled. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Untitled. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

We are back to working on images involving digital manipulation of images based in nature. I consider these an exercise in abstract expressionism, even though the series as a whole is titled “Natural Impressions.”

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Trees in Winter (Thick)

Trees in Winter (Thick)

Trees in Winter (Thick). Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/125 sec at f/11. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

This is the latest image in the series of abstract and semiabstract images created by extensive post-capture digital manipulation on images from nature. We are usually unable, with the unaided human eye, to appreciate the full depth of a natural scene. We fixate on a particular point of focus, usually so even if we can deepen the depth of field. I imagine that if you view a deep stand of bare trees in winter – but compress the full view from 3 dimensions to 2 dimensions – you will have something like this – an impenetrable and nearly chaotic image of the forest.

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