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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.


Grace Farms at Sunrise 2

Yesterday’s Grace Farm’s images were presented pretty much as shot. I would like now to begin looking at some more images presented with some editing. This image is a combination of three shots, done¬†using HDR methods. The design of the Grace Farms River is to emphasize the flowing, curving quality. The preponderance of glass allows the River to be seen as one with the landscape. The emotional reaction¬†is intended, I think, to be one of peaceful reflection and calm. But at the same time, the optics of the design offers conflicting views. Here, we have a nearly 180 degree curve in the glass wall at the lower end of the library. The pictures were shot just as the sun was shining almost through the top of the distant trees.

What are we seeing here? The distant seems near, and the near seems distant. What is reflection and what not? Are we seeing the distant trees and the sunrise through the class? Well, yes. Yet at the same time, the image seems close, almost close enough to touch. Is it in front? Within? Beyond? And are such questions compatible with the element of calm and peace that the design seeks to evoke?

Grace Farms River at Sunrise

Looking through the Grace Farms River at Sunrise



Grace Farms at Sunrise

Random Sights returns after a bit of a hiatus. The Greenwich bank show is over, and so it’s on to new projects. I should get back on the old schedule of regular posting soon. In the meantime, here are a few images shot this morning shortly after sunrise at Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT.

Grace Farms is 80 acres of open space for people to experience nature, encounter the arts, pursue justice, foster community, and explore faith. Winding through the heart of Grace Farms is an extraordinary building, the “River,” encompassing a number of spaces within, design by Pritzker-winning architects, SANAA. Like a river, the River twists and turns as it meanders down the hill, simultaneously a glass-enclosed modernist (and almost Bauhaus) structure, and a living organic form at one with it’s natural environs. Go here for more information about Grace Farms. More images in days ahead.


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