A really famous tree – Tree of Life

If you follow Dave Wilson, Jim Nix or Justin Balog you have seen images of this tree already. Even if you don’t follow these fine gentlemen, you have probably seen images of this tree already, it is pretty famous and possibly one of the most photographed trees in the world, google “Tree of Life” and see what I mean. ┬áIronically, every image you see of this tree makes it look like this massive, towering tree, when in reality it is only about 4 feet tall and you need to get very low to shoot it.

I decided to take a little different approach to shooting this already heavily photographed tree, did you google it like I asked above?, and decided to shoot it in IR and process it as a black and white image.  I will be honest, even though I do like this shot, I do plan on heading back to the Portland Japanese Gardens this fall and shoot this tree again when it is in full fall color.

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  1. Dave Wilson August 17, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Nice one, Scott. I have yet to pull the images from the trip off my IR camera! Busy week.
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  2. Fred Runk August 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm #


    Very impressive shot. Hard to believe it’s only four feet high. Since it’s in the Japanese Gardens, I figure it’s a bonsai?
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  3. Jim Nix August 20, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    looks good in BW Scott, love the contrast!
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