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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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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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Spring Pink IV for May One Four Challenge Week Four

Spring Pink IV. Four Week Four of May 2015 One Four Challenge. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Spring Pink IV. For Week Four of May 2015 One Four Challenge. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

I struggled to decide how I should treat this image for this week’s final edit. Should I go “mod” and do something radical. Or should I be conservative. I thought initially that the previous three weeks – original, black and white, and an altered painterly version (see below) – had been all that I could do and retain the integrity of the image. But I decided that I could push what I did last week even further, and that this image lent itself well to an antiqued vintage look. Read More

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Transition

Transition 1. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/600 sec at f/11. Digitally altered post-capture. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Transition 1. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/600 sec at f/11. Digitally altered post-capture. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

This image, which is new, represents “transition” to me in a couple of ways. For one thing, it was shot in nature at just that time winter transitions into spring. It also depicts, to me, the sense of  energy and turmoil often associated with transitions of many kinds. Click image for larger.

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Spring Pink III

Spring Pink III. Four One Four Challenge May Week Three. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Spring Pink III. Four One Four Challenge May Week Three. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

This is week three of the May One Four Challenge, where we produce four different edits of an image on successive weeks of the month. See Captivate Me by Robyn G for more information on the One Four Challenge.

I am really pleased with this week’s edit, which I think catches the feel of an image that I’ve had in my mind’s eye. The soft painterly style goes well with the flowers. This started with pretty much the same image as the original two weeks ago – Read More

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Spring Tree by Lake 2

Spring Tree by Lake 2. iPhone 6+ with 645 Pro app. Crop in camera. Velvia emulation. 4.15 mm. ISO 32. 1/350 sec at f/2.2. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Spring Tree by Lake 2. iPhone 6+ with 645 Pro app. Crop in camera. Velvia emulation. 4.15 mm. ISO 32. 1/350 sec at f/2.2. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

We just can’t get enough of spring. The winter was so long and cold, this year’s spring seems especially glorious. And there is something especially grand about flowering spring trees on the banks of the rivers and lakes. This is a single shot with the iPhone and cropped in camera.

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