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Branches

Branches. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/450 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.

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.

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Patterns in Trees

Untitled (Tree Branches Hanging). Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/450 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Untitled (Tree Branches Hanging). Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/450 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

I’m interested in images that reveal the patterns in nature, but showing them in different or unfamiliar ways. This image of hanging tree branches has been manipulated hardly at all, but I think we rarely focus in so specifically on the branches in this way. There is also a certain seasonal independence in this image. And from a mathematical viewpoint, the tree branch patterns in the image have a fractal – and thus universal – quality. (What part of the tree are we actually looking at? And, are the branches actually hanging?)

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Evolution (Tree)

Evolution. Nikon D200. 35 mm. ISO 200. 1/250 sec at f/6.7. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Evolution. Nikon D200. 35 mm. ISO 200. 1/250 sec at f/6.7. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

I’ve had this tree on the computer for a while and have tried a number of different approaches to processing it. None quite did what I wanted, and yet something but this tree appealed to me and urged me to keep working on it. I’ve settled on this infrared processing which seem to emphasize the fine and detailed structure of the tree. The title “Evolution” has two connotations. I think of this tree as having to be – like any organic being – the result of millions of generations of evolution. The structure of the limbs and successively fine branches and foliage also look to me like  a map of the many branches of the evolutionary “tree” converging to create this magnificent entity.

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Deep Woods

Deep Woods. Fuji X100. 23mm. ISO 400. 1/35 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

I love woods settings like this. We are drawn into it. The tree branches turn every which way and create an inviting geometry of tranquility and mystery.

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