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JulesB March 21, 2015
A magnificent capture!
 
Roussou March 22, 2015
Amazing
 
jasontracy April 23, 2015
Great color contrast love the orange
 
CWphotos5 April 23, 2015
Beautifully captured! Congratulations!
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terryc April 24, 2015
What a stunning tree and beautiful capture, Kathy!!
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ClaudiaKuhn April 29, 2015
Congrats on your wonderful finalist Kathy! Gorgeous!
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terryc April 30, 2015
Congrats on your amazing finalist, Kathy!!
 
Capture-Life April 30, 2015
LOOOVE this!!! :):) ❤
 
ovosphotography May 07, 2015
well done!
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sarahvrdoljak May 07, 2015
Wow, that is really pretty. Beatiful shot!
 
PhotosbyErinL June 03, 2015
Love it!!
 
shawnleimbach June 04, 2015
I'm in love with this tree.
 
horsegalraye June 05, 2015
Simply a stunning shot!!!! Congratulations!!!
 
trevorchristopher June 06, 2015
Interesting, much like Peter Lik
laurenvontrapp December 05, 2015
I was thinking the exact same thing, that it looked like Peter Lik's work
 
lisagoodwin June 08, 2015
I LOVE this!!!!! Very nice!
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terryc June 20, 2015
Congrats on your stunning People's Choice win, Kathy!!
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RDVPhotography June 22, 2015
Congratulations Kathy. This is on my bucket list but hard to get due to distance & timing.
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allisonfaustbranson June 25, 2015
Gorgeous Colors!!
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estercastillo08 July 06, 2015
Congrats Kathy ! ester
 
Pewee July 07, 2015
This is absolutely stunning.
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terryc July 09, 2015
Congrats again on this gorgeous finalist, Kathy!!!
 
Rosley July 12, 2015
Well done . . . .
 
davidsloan August 06, 2015
Amazing nature, an exquisite capture and congratulations.
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Arzhtatiana December 28, 2015
A stunning shot!
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ClaudiaKuhn December 29, 2015
Congrats on your finalist for Image of the Year!
 
ellenhodges1 December 29, 2015
Huge congrats on a fab winner!
 
MarissaJane December 29, 2015
wonderful Colours great job :)
 
PhotographyByBethanySmith December 31, 2015
Just lovely! Brava.
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RDVPhotography January 06, 2016
Congratulations Kathy, on being a finalist for Photo of the Year. Wow!
 
kathyk_abq January 10, 2016
Beautiful, Kathy! So this is where that famous tree is! :)
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countryside January 11, 2016
A beautiful photo amazing colour's :-)

Thank you for your entry :-)
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terryc March 08, 2016
Congrats once again, Kathy! WTG!!
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terryc March 09, 2016
LOL! I'm getting writer's cramp congratulating you so many times for this outstanding shot, Kathy!! LOL. Huge congrats again!!
 
Browneyedmermaid March 11, 2016
Am I in fairyland? I'm in love with your photo ^_^
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Pamelabole March 11, 2016
Stunning shot!!! And congrats on your well deserved award!!!! : )
 
sandracarolmersclayton March 12, 2016
beautiful
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kathymuhle April 17, 2016
Beautiful shot - congrats on all your wins!
 
KikiVH September 17, 2016
Beautiful capture! Love that place, used to go visit all the time.
 
travlndon September 17, 2016
Kathy, love the 3D feel of this tree. Great perspective to shoot level at height of trunk base.
 
allanpudlitzke September 21, 2016
Cool shot, they literally could have a contest on just this tree. One of my favorite photos I have ever taken is of this, I had no idea it was so popular.
 
jamiesarkett September 24, 2016
Is this a photo of the painting of this scene ? looks like the painting I bought :)
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snowdon September 29, 2016
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in Fabulous Foliage competition
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margitulstrup September 29, 2016
LOVE IT
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Treecy September 30, 2016
Very beautiful shot!
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cmorisset October 01, 2016
Magnificent! Bravo!
 
245Trioxin December 03, 2016
Crazy beautiful
 
ahmedfouadibraheem December 24, 2016
Excellent shot.
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toshihiro_shoji July 23, 2017
Wow!! Fabulous capture with splendid color, beautiful light and fantastic composition. Outstandingly beautiful, Kathy!!!
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Alwolfe September 27, 2017
Absolutely stunning!
 
Sara_Soleil_ October 05, 2017
Incredible!
 
jessieberle December 03, 2017
Beautiful picture! Please consider entering my Autumn Rainbow challenge.
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AdirahsEyes March 15, 2018
A great job with a hard to shoot subject. Briliant color!!
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tongant March 29, 2018
Wow!
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Bwolff July 07, 2018
This deserves more awards
 
Jgswayngim1 August 18, 2018
Awesome colors!!! And congrats
 
Heather_Slj September 30, 2018
Great photo , i want this on my wall .
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Agirlandhercanon October 01, 2018
Magnificent!
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sarahlouisepaul October 05, 2018
What an amazing tree! Brilliant capture, well done :)
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JmDreams October 09, 2018
Lovely
 
Eclipse_0f_the_Heart November 11, 2018
Stunning!
 
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Tanda4bama November 14, 2018
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nikki8 May 04
This is a outstanding photo! Bravo!!!

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Japanese Maple at the Japanese Garden, Portland, OR
Japanese Maple at the Japanese Garden, Portland, OR
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Contest Finalist in Fabulous Foliage Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Beautiful Trees Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Colorful Leaves Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Shades Of Orange Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Image of the Year Photo Contest by Snapfish
Contest Finalist in Inspiring Shots Photo Contest
People's Choice in Orange Is Back Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Orange Is Back Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Photography 101 Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in The Red Color In Nature Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Twisted Lines Photo Contest
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Behind The Lens

Location
I shot this image one foggy fall morning in the Japanese Garden in Portland, OR.
Time
It was about 9am when I took this. Because of the fog, I had a considerable window for good light -- at least until 11am when the fog started to burn off.
Lighting
The fog produced a sort and even lighting, which enable me to get details even in the trunk & branches.
Equipment
I used mu Nikon D300 with an 18-200mm lens on a tripod with settings of ISO 500, 1/25, f8.
Inspiration
I visit the Japanese Garden at least once a week every fall, and almost that often in the spring, so catch the leaves as they change and turn color or leaf out, I always try to get to the Garden if it's a foggy fall morning, as the light is just magical. This particular tree is very old and has been carefully nurtured and pruned to create an amazing trunk and branching structure. Add to that, the fiery leaves in late fall, and it just asks to be shot! Many fall days you will see as many as 10 photographers standing in line waiting their turn to shoot this tree. However, on a chilly, foggy morning, you can get lucky & be the only one!
Editing
I adjusted the RAW image to reduce shadows to bring out the detail in the trunk and used Nik filters to enhance the contrast a bit, particularly in the trunk. I didn't choose to increase saturation as I didn't want to oversaturate the leaves.
In my camera bag
I usually have a polarizer, sometimes graduated ND filters (depending on what I'm shooting & when), and a shower cap to use in case of heavy mist/rain.
Feedback
When shooting trees, be on the lookout for ones with interesting trunks &/or branching structures. Other interesting textural elements like exfoliating bark or moss add interest. A tree with good structure can be shot any time of year, but fall or early spring is often best as more light may reach the trunk through fewer or smaller leaves, and leaf color may be more intense. Fog is just about always a wonderful light because it is diffuse and soft, eliminating harsh contrasts.

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