“Japanese Garden” – Portland, Oregon – Tom Schwabel – Featured Photographer
Japanese gardens are amazing places to visit as well as photograph. Everything seems to be just in the right place. As if it is waiting for someone to come by and snap a photo. Don’t believe me. Then Check out Tom’s image of the “tree of fire” otherwise known as a Japanese maple. Tom talks about being in the right place at the right time to capture this photo. I think this photo is a bit more than that. Check out how he places the bridge between the branches and draws your eye all the way through the image. This eye for detail takes a cool photo of a beautiful tree and makes it a spectacular dream like scene that you just want to step into. Maybe even grab a book and sit under the tree for a while. That’s ok if you don’t have time to relax now… come on back, Tom’s scene will be waiting for you. Perfect as usual. Please check out more of Tom’s photographic art at either one of his portfolios below.
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Portland’s Japanese Garden is a magical place for about a week each October when the foliage explodes in autumn colors. Having been to gardens in Japan, I can vouch for the authenticity of this garden and am lucky to have it right here where I live. Unknown to me at the time, this was one of the first shots I have taken of what I now know is the famous Japanese maple tree in the garden. It isn’t a particularly large tree and many non-photographers walk right past it without giving it too much of a look. In fact, it is probably no more than 6 feet tall. But underneath the canopy is pure magic, as I hope the photo conveys. Each year I return to the garden to challenge myself to find new ways to shoot my favorite subjects such as this tree. However, this shot will always be a favorite due to the vibrant color of the tree and the wonderful carpet of fallen leaves I was able to catch on that day. Usually the gardeners rake up the fallen leaves promptly. Thus, sometimes the secret to a good photo is just being in the right place at the right time!
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: 12-24mm f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/6
Focal Length: 12mm
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