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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Tree

Untitled (Tree). Nikon D7100. ISO 400. 45 mm. 1/60 sec at f/11. Processed as infrared in post. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Untitled (Tree). Nikon D7100. ISO 400. 45 mm. 1/60 sec at f/11. Processed as infrared in post. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

The infinite variety of form and shape represented by trees is a source of never-ending fascination. Trees are also a good subject for photography because of this variety; they lend themselves to many different techniques. In this image, infrared emulation was able to bring out the shape of the tree against and otherwise nondescript background.

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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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Gazebo 3

Gazebo 3. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/450 sec at f/6.4. Infrared. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

This is an infrared image of a small gazebo in the gardens.  I am drawn to such structures and scenes for the juxtaposition of the organic and the geometric.

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Angeles Crest 2

Angeles Crest 2. Fuji X100. 23mm. ISO 400. 1/240 sec at f/16. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

Here is a new image from this week’s drive up the Angeles Crest in the Angeles N.F.

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Scene, At Getty

Scene, At Getty. Nikon D200. Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8. 48mm (Equiv 72mm). ISO 200. 1/125 sec at f/16. Infrared. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

There’s a spot in the Getty just west of the top of the stairs at the main entrance. The shadows that play around this spot are fascinating, all the more so now that it’s spring and we have flowering vines hanging from it. I’ve shot this before and probably will again. This is an infrared image.

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