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Red Leaves

Red Leaves. Nikon D7100. ISO 400. 105 mm. 1/160 sec at 4/18. Copyright Joanne Mason 2018.

Red Leaves. Nikon D7100. ISO 400. 105 mm. 1/160 sec at 4/18. Copyright Joanne Mason 2018.

Color of the season.

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Lightness of Being

Lightness of Being. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 3200. 1/2000 sec at f/8.0. Digitally  manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Lightness of Being. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 3200. 1/2000 sec at f/8.0. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a novel by Milan Kundera. However, for my purposes here, The Lightness of Being is also a book about physics by Frank Wilczek. (Book page here.) The Lightness of Being is subtitled “Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces.”  Significantly (to me), Wilczek says:

A central theme of this book is that the ancient contrast between celestial Light and earthy Matter has been transcended.

This image is the latest to be completed in the series I have been working on of highly impressionistic images, moderately abstract though based on natural scenes, and processed with substantial digital manipulation.  The artistic basis for this series was discussed in an earlier blog post, “Defamiliarization (Ostranenie) in Photography.”

Tranquility. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Tranquility. From the series “Natural Impressions.” Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

The series of images, collectively entitled “Natural Impressions,” has been brought together in a gallery at Joanne Mason Photography.

Here is a slide show of the images in the series to date (Images are large; allow time for the slide show to load).

 

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Azaleas in Autumn

Azaleas in Autumn. Nikon D200. 35 mm. ISO 200. 1/640 sec at f/5.6. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Azaleas in Autumn. Nikon D200. 35 mm. ISO 200. 1/640 sec at f/5.6. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Of the images in the recent series, I find this one of azalea bushes in autumn the most satisfying. These are not loose leaves; i.e., this image is of a clump of azalea bushes. But the leaves in the image are floating against the background. Although the image is highly impressionistic, the colors and textures of the leaves are more or less accurate.

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Autumn Leaves Yellow

Autumn Leaves 2. Nikon D200. 35mm. ISO 200. 1/6000 sec at f/1.8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Autumn Leaves 2. Nikon D200. 35mm. ISO 200. 1/6000 sec at f/1.8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

The brilliant red – scarlet, almost – of the maple trees is what one usually thinks of for the most striking colors of autumn. For me, personally, the most exciting colors are the yellows. These are usually beeches here in the northeast. Nothing says autumn to me more than a wall of yellow beech leaves against a brilliant blue sky.

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Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves 1. Nikon D200. 35 mm. ISO 200. 1/3200 sec at f/1.8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Autumn Leaves 1. Nikon D200. 35 mm. ISO 200. 1/3200 sec at f/1.8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  (Albert Camus)

I believe fall – especially on a sunny day – is one of the most glorious times of the year. The leaves seem to be literally calling out with excitement and joy. Here is another impressionist treatment. I’m again shooting with the 35 mm (50mm full frame equiv) “normal” lens.

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Aralia

Aralia. Digitally Altered. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Aralia. Digitally Altered. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Continuing the series of digitally altered images.

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