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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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Mead Lake 2

Mead Lake 2. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/250 sec at f/4.0. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Mead Lake 2. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/250 sec at f/4.0. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Here is another image of Lake Mead from the weekend excursion. (Click image for larger.) The textures of the trees are wonderful.

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Mead Lake

Mead Lake, Connecticut. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/350 sec at f/5.0. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Mead Lake, Connecticut. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/350 sec at f/5.0. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Through the overhanging branches of bare trees in winter, we see across Mead Lake. (Click image for larger.) The trees on the hillside above the far shore are reflected with great detail in the absolutely still water of the lake. Even in winter, the trees bare, there is incredible beauty in the textures and colors of nature. Mead Lake is in the Greenwich Audubon Sanctuary, in southwestern Connecticut. The lake’s outlet forms the start of the Byram River which eventually empties into Long Island Sound.

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Byram River in Late Summer

Byram River. Nikon D200. 44mm. ISO 1250. 1/125 sec at f/11. 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Byram River. Nikon D200. 44mm. ISO 1250. 1/125 sec at f/11. 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

The Byram River flows through Greenwich in southwestern Connecticut. (Click image for larger.)

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Country Summer

Country Summer (Connecticut). Nikon D200. 24 mm. ISO 200. 1/125 sec at f/11. June 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Country Summer (Connecticut). Nikon D200. 24 mm. ISO 200. 1/125 sec at f/11. June 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

This is another image from the series shot at Redding’s In Situ garden estate. This image seems to me to capture the rural Connecticut countryside in summer well. You can feel the warmth, sense the tranquility. (Image HDR enhanced.)

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