Random Sights and Diversions

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Red Leaves

Red Leaves. Nikon D7100. ISO 400. 105 mm. 1/160 sec at 4/18. Copyright Joanne Mason 2018.

Red Leaves. Nikon D7100. ISO 400. 105 mm. 1/160 sec at 4/18. Copyright Joanne Mason 2018.

Color of the season.

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Sunday Afternoon Woods

Sunday Afternoon Woods. Nikon D200. 35 mm. ISO 200. 1/80 sec at f/11. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Sunday Afternoon Woods. Nikon D200. 35 mm. ISO 200. 1/80 sec at f/11. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Sunday Afternoon Woods is another image in the Natural Impressions series of impressionistic and digitally manipulated images drawn from natural scenes. I thought this image had been posted here, but I was putting together an index of this series and could not find this one on in Random Sights. So, here it is. One of the things I like about these images is how they show that, while not at all apparent to the (unprocessed) eye, the essence of multiple seasons can be present in a single image. In this image, for instance, shot in the fall, one can see what looks like snow on many leaves and branches. In any natural scene, there is an inherent form and structure that is constant through the seasons and other changes. Foliage, different times of day and light, may obscure it and lead us to see the scene in a different way, but that form and structure is there nonetheless.

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Sunday Afternoon

Sunday Afternoon. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 200.  1/90 sec at f/8.0. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Sunday Afternoon. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 200. 1/90 sec at f/8.0. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

There’s nothing too profound about this lovely scene in the park on a sunny late Sunday afternoon in the park. But the image is a good example of two things. First, is the exceptional light of so-called “Golden Hour” – the rich late afternoon light, which is even more intense at this time of the year. The other is the great clarity and color of the images produced by the Fuji X100. The X100 was the first of Fuji’s “X” cameras, and one of the first cameras in the back-to-traditional-rangefinder style movement among mirrorless cameras. Fuji has updated this camera a few times now, and in fact just started shipping the X100T. But there’s no question the X100 was/is/has become a classic.

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Red Tree

Red Tree. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 500. 1/60 sec at f/9. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Red Tree. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 500. 1/60 sec at f/9. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Maurice Denis, writing in 1942 about the post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin (in ABC de la peinture, by Paul Sérusier), wrote:

“How do you see those trees?” asked Gauguin; “If they are yellow, then make them yellow; and that bluish shadow, paint it with pure ultramarine; and those red leaves? Use vermilion.”

For the vermillion leaves, he may have had in mind this tree in autumn. (Click image for larger.)

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White Fence

White Fence. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/60 sec at f/8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

White Fence. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/60 sec at f/8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

A nice scene encountered while out walking through the park with the dog.

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Azaleas in Autumn

Azaleas in Autumn. Nikon D200. 35 mm. ISO 200. 1/640 sec at f/5.6. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Azaleas in Autumn. Nikon D200. 35 mm. ISO 200. 1/640 sec at f/5.6. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Of the images in the recent series, I find this one of azalea bushes in autumn the most satisfying. These are not loose leaves; i.e., this image is of a clump of azalea bushes. But the leaves in the image are floating against the background. Although the image is highly impressionistic, the colors and textures of the leaves are more or less accurate.

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