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Solo Show in Greenwich CT

If you’re in the area of Greenwich CT in January or February, stop by the First Bank of Greenwich which is hosting a show of my photography. And if you’re near here this Wednesday the 13th of January, come to the Opening/Reception.

This is a major show, featuring selections of my work in three genres or styles I have been working on: The Impressions From Nature series; Landscapes from the American southwest and from New England; and (mostly) studio-produced florals and botanical images. I am really excited about this show. I’m honored to be included in the shows presented by the First Bank of Greenwich, a bank that is community-oriented and a leading promoter of the arts in southwest Connecticult. The bank presets a series of shows throughout the year.

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Tree in Late Winter 2

Tree in Late Winter 2. Fuji X100.  23 mm (Equiv 32 mm). ISO 400. 1/250 sec at f/11. March 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Tree in Late Winter 2. Fuji X100. 23 mm (Equiv 32 mm). ISO 400. 1/250 sec at f/11. March 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Another shot of the same trees in late winter as posted a few days ago, but with a different ‘look’ developed in post. I find the replication of patterns throughout many distinct occurrences in nature to be fascinating. These images of trees closely resemble fractal tree patterns in geometry, the branching filaments of lightning across a sky, and the trails left by subatomic particle scattering.

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Old Greenwich Town Hall

Old Town Hall. Fuji X100. 23 mm (Equiv 32 mm). ISO 250. 1/250 sec at f/11. March 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Old Town Hall. Fuji X100. 23 mm (Equiv 32 mm). ISO 250. 1/250 sec at f/11. March 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

This building, now on the Historic Registry, was built in 1905, and, until 1977, housed the town offices of Greenwich, Connecticut. I shot this image for a class. The dark sky and overall tone is achieved by the use of red filter in postprocessing. .

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Tree in Late Winter

Tree in Late Winter. Fuji X100.  23 mm. ISO 400. 1/140th sec at f/11. March 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Tree in Late Winter. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/140th sec at f/11. March 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

I suppose March qualifies as “late winter.” Almost everything is still covered with snow and in deep winter dormancy. I was struck by this tree, though. The finely filigreed lace-like branches look like they’re eagerly waiting for spring, ready to burst into growth at the first spring warmth. It’s a sign of hope and expectancy in the otherwise cold and still starkly naked landscape.

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Winter Bark

Winter Bark. Fuji X100. 23 mm (Equiv 35 mm). ISO 640. 1/125 sec at f/11.

Winter Bark. Fuji X100. 23 mm (Equiv 35 mm). ISO 640. 1/125 sec at f/11. March 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

These tree trunks caught my eye when out rambling around for pictures today. The sharp rough tree bark stands out against the smooth white snowy background. I could have dropped the ISO if I’d opened the lens up. The camera was set for a prior shot and I didn’t change it.

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Old Apple Tree

Old Apple Tree. Nikon D200. 24 mm. ISO 400. 1/180th sec at f/9.5. October, 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Old Apple Tree. Nikon D200. 24 mm. ISO 400. 1/180th sec at f/9.5. October, 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

I’ve been sorting through images from the last half year or so and adding images to the galleries site (Joanne Mason Photography). Here’s an image I like that I don’t think I’ve posted here yet. This is a very old apple tree on the edge of a very old apple orchard in the Connecticut countryside. This was shot in the fall.

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