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By the Light of the Moon

By the Light of the Moon. Nikon D7100. 12mm. ISO 200. 25 sec at f/4. Copryight Joanne Mason 2016.

By the Light of the Moon. Nikon D7100. 12mm. ISO 200. 25 sec at f/4. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.

This image is illuminated with a combination of ambient (moon) light and some limited added light, and with very little post capture processing. We rarely see the trees illuminated this way since even on a clear moonlit night, the moonlight provides insufficient light. And we don’t wait 25 seconds for our eyes to collect the light. I think it shows the forest wide awake under the moon at a time we tend to assume all are asleep.

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Branches

Branches. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/450 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.

Branches. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/450 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2016.

I find these branches – near ready to burst into bloom – a form of visual poetry. Few words are necessary or desirable.

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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.

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Tree

Untitled (Tree). Nikon D7100. ISO 400. 45 mm. 1/60 sec at f/11. Processed as infrared in post. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Untitled (Tree). Nikon D7100. ISO 400. 45 mm. 1/60 sec at f/11. Processed as infrared in post. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

The infinite variety of form and shape represented by trees is a source of never-ending fascination. Trees are also a good subject for photography because of this variety; they lend themselves to many different techniques. In this image, infrared emulation was able to bring out the shape of the tree against and otherwise nondescript background.

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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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Tree

Untitled (Tree). Nikon D7100. 17-55 mm Nikkor at 55 mm. ISO 200. 1/500 sec at f/4. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Untitled (Tree). Nikon D7100. 17-55 mm Nikkor at 55 mm. ISO 200. 1/500 sec at f/4. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

(Checking back in after a hiatus of several weeks … *) I love producing images that capture the rich textures of nature. In this one, I’m interested in the contrast between the hard sharp tree trunk and the softer foliage alongside and around it. Read More

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