Gardens welcome us by delighting our senses, and often by distilling some of the best aspects of nature into a small space. On my late October visit to Seattle’s Japanese Garden, in the Washington Park Arboretum, I enjoyed peak autumn colors on a clear, sunny day.
Formal gardens are not my usual subject; my tastes usually run to the random and ragged aspects of wild nature. Yet, when I photograph wild nature, I search out a kind of simplified essence of nature, and isn’t that exactly what a Japanese garden is? So I easily slipped into my role as nature photographer and came away with a lot of colorful work in an afternoon.
The photographs presented here occurred when I was channeling Claude Monet; the water lilies and autumn reflections made for some impressionistic photography, and I felt like I was immersed in Monet’s garden at Giverny.
Japanese maple with pleasing bokeh–a term American photographers adapted from Japan to describe the quality of the out-of-focus areas behind the main subject. By using a shallow depth-of-field with a lens known to be good for its bokeh effect, a photographer can create a composition that soothes the eye.
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