Portland Japanese Garden - The Natural Garden



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The Natural Garden was created to be an environment that encourages visitors to rest, relax, and reflect on the very essence and brevity of life. This garden in its current configuration is the most recent addition to the Portland Japanese Garden, and it is also the most contemporary style, referred to as zoki no niwa, a style which includes plant materials that fall outside the list of plants traditionally associated with Japanese gardens. Notable is the use of vine maple, a shrub indigenous to this region. The garden focuses primarily on deciduous plants and is laid out to present seasonal change, from the budding new leaves of spring to the coolness of summer shade, the changing colors of autumn to the naked trees of winter. Originally called the Hillside Garden, referring to the steeper terrain in this part of the Garden, the denseness of the trees and shrubs create an immediate difference in atmosphere, something wilder yet equally tranquil. The flow of energy (ki) through the garden refreshes and restores all those who walk there. While the flow of ki is primarily directed by the waterway, note that nearly all the deciduous trees lean slightly in the same direction that the water is flowing. This garden was originally planned by the Garden's designer, Professor Takuma Tono, as a moss garden, but the plants proved difficult to maintain. The garden was redesigned in the early 1970s and then again in 1990, due to damage from earth movement.
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Date Created 9/17/2010

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Nathanael Over 1 year ago
Just gorgeous!

I'd love to do some synths of this, but with the limitation of my rather weak zoom lens and needing to not stray from the path it would be a challenge for me to build a worthy point cloud.

Do you select a particular aperature and focal length when you mount your camera? I'm wondering how you would go about avoiding the overexposure in the sky if that was a goal.

Would you just take multiple exposures at each position and let ICE and Gigapan perform their blending?
GigaView Over 1 year ago
Hi Nathanael, I do fix my camera settings to something that I feel will work for the majority of the scene of interest. High Dynamic Range capture is always possible, but I think it takes away more than it adds in these cases. It always seems artificial to me. I would rather blow out the sky and some of the sunlit trees than to loose the feeling that I'm there under the canopy with my eyes adjusted to the lower light. Also, I'm kind of lazy and after waiting fifteen minutes for a shot, I'm ready to move on instead of shooting two or three more.
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