My Fourth Monthly Japanese Garden Visit
Monday 20 July 2015 — Category: Outings
At the end of June I went on my fourth monthly photo outing to the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon. For more details about my past visits, and why I am doing this monthly, check out these previous articles:
One way to seek inspiration is to use lenses which I don’t normally use there. Last month I focused on my Panasonic 100-300mm telephoto zoom. This time around I went the opposite direction and used my Panasonic 7-14mm wide-angle zoom, which has a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 14-28mm.
Because of the summer heat, much of the Garden was being watered during the 8:00 to 10:00 AM members-only hours. This was very frustrating, because the already-small Garden suddenly became a lot smaller, with spraying water blocking path after path.
But as the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade! In one area I noticed that the sprinkles were creating a beautiful sunlit mist, so I stayed there for a while and took quite a few pictures as the scene changed second by second.
As always, the koi continued to fascinate me. After four months of photographing them, you would think that I would lose interest. How many fish pictures do I need, anyway?! But each time the lighting is different, and I never seem to tire of their colors, shapes and movements.
After about an hour of dodging sprinklers and keeping my photographic eyes peeled, I was ready to move on. I had planned on running quite a few errands all over Portland, which I had been saving up for a few months. It was going to be too hot to take pictures all day, so staying in an air-conditioned car and stores sounded like a good solution.
I took 111 photos during that hour, and the best 21 can be viewed in the new Portland Japanese Garden, Jun. 2015 album. You can also browse the pictures taken during my previous outings: