The Whispering Silence of Snow

Lyda and the Swans Cropped 3 2 Ratio

Happy Easter!  You would think I would post flowers and spring like images but I decided to post a snow scene that I photographed only a few weeks ago.  It makes me appreciate this spring day even more!  The beautiful forest and pond were photographed in Armonk, New York on the corner of Byram Lake and Oregon Road.  I thought it looked so magical.  The woman is one of the vintage images I purchased.  The swans which you can barely see in the background were photographed at Croton Reservoir.

I am very excited to have three of my images for sale through Ai Bo Gallery.  You can purchase them through Ai Bo Gallery on Artsy, 1stDibs or Artnet.  They are matted but not framed.  The images measure 15.5″H x 15.5″W and with matting will be 24″H x 24″W.

Sunset in the Cranberry Bog

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I am posting late this week because I had such a wonderful day of shooting with four other photographers in the New Jersey Pine Barrens at workshop held by Rich Lewis. Rich offers two times for his workshop from 6 am to Noon so you can photograph the sunrise over the Pine Barrens or from 2pm to 8pm capturing the sunset.  I took the later workshop.  I have never been to the Pine Barrens which are located in the southern portion of New Jersey.  The Pine Barrens encompasses approximately 1 million acres of marshes, meadows, old cranberry bogs and pine forest.  It is breathtaking and you really need to be with someone who knows this area inside and out.  Rich Lewis does.  You can click here to find out more about Rich’s workshops.  I highly recommend his workshops.

The image above was photographed using my IPhone 6 plus and developed on my IPad Pro.  I used Affinity on my Mac to make a few changes to the image.  This was taken at sunset at an old cranberry bog .

The Somber Color of Embittered Winter*

Morgue Draws From Side jpeg from Cap1

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I photographed this in the Morgue Room at the Ellis Island Hospital.  I used my little Sony RX100 V because we are not allowed to use tripods, I took the train in and I wanted something nice and small that would easily fit in my pocketbook to carry around with me.

* From the poem “Nothing But Death” by Pablo Neruda

I Still Love You, New York*

View from the Ferry of Lower Manhattan

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I photographed Battery Park in New York City with my new little trusty Sony RX100 V from the Miss Ellis Island Ferry last Sunday.  Beautiful Spring day.  The Sony RX100 V is my new little carry around camera.  It fits unobtrusively in my pocketbook as well as in my coat pocket.  I bought it because I found I wasn’t carrying a camera with me anymore because of the size. Plus a lot of places I visit will not allow me to use a tripod so I like this little guy for those times.  I love my Fuji’s and will always be a Fuji girl but sometimes you just want something bigger than the iPhone but smaller than then my x100S.  The image above is straight out of the camera.  I shoot booth Jpeg and Raw with it but this image came out so well in Jpeg  I just didn’t feel the need to do anything to it.

*Ryan  Adams, New York, New York




The Clue in the Old FactoryI

Scranton Lace with Burgundy Lady Final 8x10

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I have always been a die-hard Nancy Drew mystery fan.  I still have my original collection on my library bookshelf.  I have been wanting to do a series of book covers that are similar in feel to the old Nancy Drew book covers so this will be the first one and I’ll be working on others down the road.

This was photographed at Scranton Lace with my Fuji X-T1.  I composited in another section of Scranton Lace to get the break through the wall and the landscape coming through the opening was photographed at Rockefeller State Preserves in Pocantico Hills, New York.

NYC Building and Tree-Work Copy II

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I photographed this down at the World Trade Center using my Fuji X-T1 with a 50MM-230MM lens.  The lens  is pretty heavy to hand hold but if I bracket I generally get the shot I want!  I wanted to experiment working with a zoom lens in the city so I could compress the foreground and the background.  This is something Saul Leiter did and it give your images more of a graphic look to them because it flattens out the depth of the image. The lens is quite sharp but I softened this image up to give more of a painterly feel.  My intention in shooting in the city that day was to really try to get more of a graphic or painterly feel and not the usual street photography look (which I love and do but I always have to try new things).

The River and Sky


View of the New Jersey skyline from Battery Park just outside the Winter Garden Atrium at Brookfield Place.  I just don’t like plain shoreline images so I decided to work with this image using different filter programs and decided on this.  I think this is much more interesting.

The Starry Messenger

Green Spring Tuscany on a background blue sky

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Title inspired by “The Starry Messenger” by Galileo Gallei

I came across this great vintage image of a messenger at the Canadian Library and Archives.     I colorized him. The background is a composite made up of my own images that I had photographed, one antique rabbit print and one stock image which I usually don’t use in my work but I do not have access to Italian Cypress trees and I really wanted Italian Cypress trees so I had to license it.

My image, “Stranded in the Moonlight”, is in “Small Works” show at the Sidney Mishken Gallery at Baruch College in New York City.  Elizabeth Avedon is the Curator for the photography in the show and I am very thankful that she chose one of my pieces. Opening night is March 2, 2017 from 6-8 pm



“Stranded in the Moonlight” ©2015 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved





Orange You Glad


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I was in the city today doing a little street photography with a fellow photographer.  The orange color caught my eye and I photographed this through the window.  This was taken at Brookfield Place across the street from the World Trade Center.  I was experimenting with a new 50-230mm fuji lens on my Fuji X-T1.  I was inspired by Saul Leiter who photographed a lot of New York City scenes with a zoom in order to get a geometric compressed look.

I also have switched over from using Photoshop CC to Affinity Photo.  My decision is based on a very big problem I had with Adobe concerning the security of information on their website.  Since I could not get their customer service to take me seriously or allow me to speak to a Supervisor, I decided that if the company didn’t care enough about their customers, they most certainly did not need my money and promptly closed my creative cloud account.  I did some research and Affinity Photo is almost identical to Photoshop.  I love working with it and have not had any issues using it with my composite photography. Besides being a great answer to not using Photoshop the cost is a one time charge of $49.99, no subscription and lifetime upgrades.  I am not being paid to speak about Affinity Photo, in fact they don’t even know who I am.  I just wanted to share an excellent piece of software that I will be using for my work going forward.

All Is Not What It Seems


I stumbled across this oil on canvas painting of a room, “Moonlight, Strandgade 30” by Vilhelm Hammershoi in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online open access digital collection and knew I wanted to use it.  I added the bookcase from an abandoned house I photographed, the man peering in is one of my vintage images and the gloves are also from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s open access digital images.  I wanted this voyeur feel but I didn’t want it to be creepy, just mysterious.  Enough to make you wonder what is going on.

I would like to the thank the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  On February 7, 2017 the Museum made available to the public 375,000 digital images of their collection that is has been deemed to be in the public domain.  That is huge! Here is the link that explains how to use it.  I am a member of the museum and highly recommend becoming a member. It is such a beautiful museum and I it always a treat having lunch and spending the day at the museum.


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