Random Sights and Diversions

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Patterns in Trees

Untitled (Tree Branches Hanging). Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/450 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Untitled (Tree Branches Hanging). Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/450 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

I’m interested in images that reveal the patterns in nature, but showing them in different or unfamiliar ways. This image of hanging tree branches has been manipulated hardly at all, but I think we rarely focus in so specifically on the branches in this way. There is also a certain seasonal independence in this image. And from a mathematical viewpoint, the tree branch patterns in the image have a fractal – and thus universal – quality. (What part of the tree are we actually looking at? And, are the branches actually hanging?)

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Spring Trees

Spring Trees. iPhone 6+ with 645 Pro App. ISO 32. 4.15 mm. 1/610 sec at f/2.2. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Spring Trees. iPhone 6+ with 645 Pro App. ISO 32. 4.15 mm. 1/610 sec at f/2.2. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

“Spring Trees” is in the Impressions of Nature series. These photos are semi-abstract impressionist and post-impressionist images of nature scenes, created with substantial digital manipulation post capture. My aim in these images is to depict nature in ways that let the viewer see nature with a fresh eye, seeing the colors and textures of nature with different feelings and sensations. These images render the familiar in unfamiliar ways.

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Summer Wildflowers

Summer Wildflowers. Nikon D7100. ISO 200. 44 mm. 1/60sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Summer Wildflowers. Nikon D7100. ISO 200. 44 mm. 1/60sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Often, the most appealing and attractive outdoor scenes are the simplest – A few white wildflowers at the trunk of a tree in the midst of greenery. (Click image for larger.)

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Thicket

New images in the “Natural Impressions” series. (Click any image for larger.) All iPhone+ images with 645 Pro. Equivalent 1/530 sec at f/2.2, ISO 32, through 4.15 mm lens. Then subjected to substantial digital manipulation.

The spring thicket…

Sun. Tree. Beginning. God in a thicket. Crown.
Never-abdicated constellation. Blood.
Barn-clutch of life. Trigger of the future.

Philip Larken.

(Sun_Tree_Beginning_God_in_a_thicket_Crown. (n.d.). Columbia World of Quotations. Retrieved April 27, 2015, from Dictionary.com.)

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“Trees” Takes a First

Trees in Winter (Thick). Fuji X100. 23 mm fixed. ISO 400. 1/125 sec at f/11. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Trees in Winter (Thick). Fuji X100. 23 mm fixed. ISO 400. 1/125 sec at f/11. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

“Trees in Winter (Thick)” won a first place award in the annual Silvermine School of Photography show in NewCanaan which opened this weekend (25th Annual Juried Student Exhibition). (Click image for a full-size view.)

“Trees” is an image in the “Natural Impressions” series, abstract and semi-abstract post-impressionist images drawn from nature and created with post-capture digital manipulation. These images are intended to lead to different ways of seeing and appreciating the colors and textures of nature. Click the image below for a slideshow of some of the images in the “Natural Impressions” series.

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Go here for a gallery of “Natural Impressions.”

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Trees Late Winter/Early Spring

All images shot with the Fuji X100 with 23 mm fixed lens at ISO 400. Other data under each image. All copyright Joanne Mason 2015. Click any one for larger images. It may be presumptuous, or just jumping the gun a little, to call these “Spring Trees.” But I think there is something appealing about trees just as (in the moments!) they begin to bring out their spring buds and prepare for a new season.

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