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Trees in Morning Sunlight

My long-time followers know how much I love trees. Trees, to my mind, are almost sentient. The stand over the landscape and assure that all is right with the natural world. These trees have a celebratory air about them as they rejoice both the warm morning sun of late winter and the imminent arrival of spring. This stand of hickory trees was shot at Grace Farms.

Trees in Morning Sun. Nikon D7100. 35mm. ISO 1600, 1/160 sec at f/22. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.

Trees in Morning Sun. Nikon D7100. 35mm. ISO 1600, 1/160 sec at f/22. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.


Morning in the Canyon

Morning in the Canyon. Nikon D200. Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8. 17mm (Equiv 25mm). ISO 200. 1/80 sec at f/8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

This is morning from a spot below the south rim. I think this is about as clear as the Canyon air gets nowadays, but it’s a pretty spectacular view. I have soooo many Canyon pictures now… I hope you’re not tired of them.  🙂


Sunday Morning in the Gardens

There’s nothing like an early Sunday morning stroll through the gardens, especially these cool fall mornings. One sees the occasional early-rising bird and a few squirrels. But still there’s a calm in the air, as if the gardens, late in the year and early in the morning this Sunday, are sleeping in a bit.


These images were all shot on my stroll this morning through the Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, California. Here in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Angeles National Forest, the chilly mornings of fall usually give way to the gloriously sunny days southern California is famous for.

Click on any thumbnail for the slideshow.

Technical information: All shot with the new Fuji X-100 at 23 mm. ISO was 400. In most cases I let the camera set aperture and shutter, modifying that when I wanted to control the field of focus. All images shot raw and then processed in Lightroom and Nik.  I found that virtually all images needed to be brightened, with exposure corrected towards the right significantly. All also benefited from significant sharpening. Interesting camera, this X-100.   Joanne

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