The Tree of Life, Portland Japanese Garden

The Tree of Life, Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden is a magical place - beautifully tended, amazingly peaceful (thanks, partly, to a ban on cellphone use) and generally a perfect place to spend an afternoon with or without a camera.

I had seen umpteen pictures of this tree prior to our Portland visit and knew I needed a "me too" shot. I was, however, amazed to discover that the tree in question is actually tiny. I walked past it a couple of times before it dawned on me that this was the same tree so beautifully captured by Peter Lik (albeit in a better season). The tree can't be any more than 5 feet tall at its highest point and you have to sit on the ground with a very low tripod to take this shot.

Exif Information

  • ApertureValue: f/8
  • ShutterSpeedValue: 1/44 sec
  • ISOSpeedRatings: 200
  • FocalLength: 17 mm
  • Model: NIKON D700
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 All Rights Reserved

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  • carlos

    very pretty place and magical Dave.

  • Jim Nix

    came out great Dave and yep that was a pretty small tree! :)
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  • Justin

    Yes it is! Thanks again Dave for finding this place…awesome adventure!
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  • Scott Wood

    Absolutely gorgeous. No reason for me to post a color version at all. :-)
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  • Dave Wilson

    Thanks, gents. Scott, you still need to post a colour version since I have every intention of posting one of my IR versions at some point and I would feel bad if you didn’t have a complete set on your blog too :-)

  • Iza

    An amazing HDR image (or is it?). I love the dynamic created by the irregular shapes of the branches, combined with vivid colors and the play of light.

  • Dave Wilson


    Yes, this is an HDR but I’m delighted that you weren’t sure. I used HDR to allow me to bring out the texture of the trunk and damp down the very bright highlights in the leaves. It was my intention to make the image look dreamy and mystical without appearing overly post-processed. I hope I succeeded.

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