Random Sights and Diversions

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Modern Office Buildings

An exercise in line, angle, planes, curve: Interesting though essentially spiritless geometries in modern office buildings. The treatment of the images in infrared emphasizes the rather ominous and impersonal – lifeless – nature of this architecture. Click each image for a larger view.

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Lakeside Wind

Lakeside Grass. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/600 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.

Lakeside Grass. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/600 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.

This grass is growing at the shore of the lake. I find it interesting and attractive how the wind (even a steady breeze) shapes the growth and display of the grass.

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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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Spiral

Spiral. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 200. 1/400 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Spiral. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 200. 1/400 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

For a change of pace, this is the Guggenheim Museum in New York. It’s a somewhat iconic image; I wanted to do it a little differently, thus the double exposure blur. (Click image for larger.)

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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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Sally I – Week One March 2015 One Four Challenge

Sally I. One Four Challenge Week 1. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 3200. 1/4 sec at f8. Natural light. March 2015. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Sally I. One Four Challenge Week 1. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 3200. 1/4 sec at f8. Natural light. March 2015. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

And here we go with a new One Four Challenge for March.  Looking for an image to use this month, I thought I’d start with this snap of Sally shot recently. Sally (laying alongside me as I write this, demanding attention!) is a mixed breed, but primarily Australian Dingo. She is 14 years young and as charming and lovable (and spoiled) as can be! She is a true darling and we love her greatly.

The original image – raw – is below. For this week’s edit above, all I have done is raw conversion in DxO and some sharpening and exposure adjustments in both DxO and Lightroom. I look forward to playing more with it over the coming weeks.

In the One Four Challenge, initiated and hosted by Robyn G at Captivate Me, we choose an image and proceed to work on four distinct edits on successive weeks. It’s a great exercise in creative post-capture processing and a lot of fun. Click here for more information.

Original (See above image 1 for photo data):

Sally Original. March 2015. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Sally Original. March 2015. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

 

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