Portland’s Tree of Life

Portland's Tree of Life

A year ago last August I had the pleasure of finally meeting some online photog friends face to face in Oregon.  One of the places that we shot was the Japanese Gardens in Portland.  I had previously shared a black and white IR image of the very famous “Tree of Life” that is in those gardens.  It is quite possibly one of the most photographed trees in the pacific northwest.

This image, which I have not shared up until this point, is an image that I shot at the same time as the IR version that is linked above, and was one that I initially did not mark as a “keeper” from the trip.  I wish I would have had a wider lens with me, my 10-20mm lens was in the car well over a mile away, and truth be told, I missed the focus just enough to make the image ever so soft, even though it doesn’t necessarily look soft now.

I typically spend a total of 5 to 10 minutes processing my images.  I like to take pictures, I get a lot less joy out of processing them.  This image actually took me well over an hour today to process and get to the point that you are seeing it now.  A lot of work when into the colors, but even more in defining a lot more edge detail through the entire image, this gives it the look of being more sharp than it was when it came out of the camera.  I many cases I sort of turned the amp “up to eleven” when I was working on this shot, but when it was all said and done I am quite pleased with how it came out.


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  1. Michael Criswell October 24, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Nice work, the extra time paid off!
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  2. Toad Hollow Photo October 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    What a terrific shot, Scott! Great drama in the light and shadows at play with the tree limbs here! Top drawer, my friend!
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    […] Portland’s Tree of Life – a dramatic and moody piece is created and shared here by Scott Wood.  Shadows and light play amongst the incredible limbs and colorful leaves to create a stunning piece sure to be enjoyed by everyone who visits to see for themselves. […]

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