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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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“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 in Winter (Thick)

Trees in Winter (Thick)

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

This is the latest image in the series of abstract and semiabstract images created by extensive post-capture digital manipulation on images from nature. We are usually unable, with the unaided human eye, to appreciate the full depth of a natural scene. We fixate on a particular point of focus, usually so even if we can deepen the depth of field. I imagine that if you view a deep stand of bare trees in winter – but compress the full view from 3 dimensions to 2 dimensions – you will have something like this – an impenetrable and nearly chaotic image of the forest.

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Rocks and Moss in Winter

Rocks and Moss in Winter. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/150 sec at f/2.8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Rocks and Moss in Winter. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/150 sec at f/2.8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

This image incorporates a variety of textures to be found in the barren winter woods. The scene projects a feeling of life waiting in otherwise hostile environs to return in the spring inevitably to come.

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Mead Lake 2

Mead Lake 2. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/250 sec at f/4.0. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Mead Lake 2. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/250 sec at f/4.0. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Here is another image of Lake Mead from the weekend excursion. (Click image for larger.) The textures of the trees are wonderful.

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Green Moss in Winter

Green Moss in Winter. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/110 sec at f/2.5. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Green Moss in Winter. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/110 sec at f/2.5. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

It’s always interesting how, in the midst of the woods stripped completely bare and seemingly barren by winter, we come across a patch of lush, soft green moss. (Click image for larger.)

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