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Spring Stroll in the Portland Japanese Gardens

Today was a rare spring day for Portland. It was sunny and 76°!!
I have been wanting to get over to the Japanese Gardens before the cherry blossoms had fallen. Today was my day! I had gotten there at 3:45, they stop letting people in at 4, and gates close at 5. So that’s enough time to get some sweet light shots before they close.
Although I had 2 backup batteries…I didn’t take into account that my memory card was about filled up…oops! Delete delete delete!!! (In 5 seconds or less…) Thankfully I learned on the fly how to delete batches by date. Yeah!
So here’s some of my shots just off my iPhone. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 😀

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It’s nice to top off a warm day with some salad rolls from Jade Tea House in Sellwood. I also got the mango chicken, but my eyes were bigger than my stomach!

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Masters of Photography

There are two photographers that inspire me and really wow my eyes.
Ansel Adams…of course, was the master of black and white photography. He knew how to play light and shadows and bring depth to a photo without the use of color. Waiting, planning, and patiently awaiting for the right moments to capture the shots he published.

Trey Ratcliff is the other. I’d call him the master of HDR photography. HDR is essentially taking three or more shots getting the light from the foreground, interior, and background so that you see the picture as if you were seeing it with your own eyes. It’s hard to explain… But basically if you were to take a single shot of a sunset over the city lights you would not get the actual dept you see with your eyes, all you would get was the sunset and a darkened foreground. So anyways, if you really want to understand more about how it works, go here.
So back to Trey. One of the things that impresses me about him, besides his photography skills, is that he’s blind in one eye! So really he only sees things in 2D. For someone to have a handicap like that and to produce such amazing results is astounding to me!
I have his www.stuckincustoms.com RSS feed that I occasionally visit and recently there was a post for a video that motivated me want to share. So check out this time lapse HDR of Queensland, New Zealand.

And here is my basic sunset pictures from last night using Pro HDR app on my iPhone. The last shot is actually the first that was taken without HDR, it’s really not as exciting as what I was seeing. But I threw it in so you can see the difference.

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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in A day in the life of Jeni, Hobbies

 

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