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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 Рlifeless Рnature of this architecture. Click each image for a larger view.

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Egret – One Four Challenge One Sept

Egret - 1. Week One of One Four Challenge. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Egret – 1. Week One of One Four Challenge. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

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I’m re-entering the One Four Challenge after a hiatus of a few months. The One Four Challenge was launched by Robyn K at Captivate Me, and Robyn continues to ably host and manage it. Working with an image selected at the start of the month, on four successive weeks we produce four distinct edits. This a great exercise in editing and in looking at images many different ways. Join us!

This image of the egret was first posted here back on May 12. The image was shot at Bruce Park in Greenwich. I’ll consider this the first iteration this month. I have tried to enhance the¬†egret – startlingly white! – while still retaining¬†natural colors. I’ve also cleaned up some weird lines that appeared in the original.

This is an iPhone shot. I used the 645Pro app on an iPhone 6+. The image was at ISO 32,4.15mm effective focal length, 1/480 sec at f/2.2.

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Field Structure

Untitled (Field Structure).  Nikon D7100. 17-55 mm Nikkor at 55 mm. ISO 200. 1/500 sec at f/8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Untitled (Field Structure). Nikon D7100. 17-55 mm Nikkor at 55 mm. ISO 200. 1/500 sec at f/8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

I’m not really sure what it is. I like the patterns and textures in the image. The structure looks like it could be a drying rack of some kind, or perhaps a support for vines. There are no vines in the area, just lots of grass. It’s on the edge of an ancient and no-longer-cared-for apple orchard. If anyone does know what it is, post a comment and let me know. Thanks.

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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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