Haru Nagasaki  

The Japanese garden by Haru Nagasaki

October 2020 - The Japanese garden

October 2020 - Haru Nagasaki


About the Image(s)

This is taken at one of the most beautiful Japanese garden in Japan.
The objective is to show the art of Japanese garden.
Japanese garden places pine trees, water fall, “bonsai tree(at right)” in the right balance.
In converting B&W, I was careful not to be overwhelmed with a lot of components in the image.
So used different tones and shadow/light contrast to create the place to rest of view’s eyes.
Light portion is placed left and right to balance out.
Since the garden itself is a art as it is, so I did not want to crop from the scene. But I would like to hear your opinion if any opportunity to improve by cropping, I love to hear.
D850 70 mm ISO50 f/13, 1/13 tripod

12 comments posted

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Amazing garden, impressive landscape architecture; it's definitely an art Haru. I'm totally agree with you not to crop more. Frankly speaking, -even if you worked hard on tones & shadows- I prefer nature in color; but your bnw conversion is also satisfactory. Meanwhile, relatively blurred waterfall could come forward depending higher aperture and lower shutter speed; but I don't know what happens to sharpness on leaves if weather is windy:) Well-done Haru, thanks for sharing.   Posted: 10/01/2020 00:20:40
Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Thank you for your comment, Ata. You are right, if the wind blows, I would have to take a different approach. I would use much higher ISO and SS to stop leaves move.   Posted: 10/06/2020 20:40:23

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
It is very easy to be carried away when seeing something beautiful like this. Often less is more. May be you find me a bit radical, but my suggestion is to consecrate on the waterfall and maybe make another picture of the domes that also are beautiful. Putting everything into one image means the elements have to compete with each other about attention.

In addition to make it square, I have also highlighted the waterfall and darken the outside slightly.   Posted: 10/03/2020 01:41:10
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Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Thank you for your comment, Arne.
I understand your suggestion. I was about to do it myself before submission but I stopped it.
When I created this image, I recalled Ansel Adams Yosemite overlook image. That has mountains, falls, forest, and sky combined into one. It carries a lot of components but still it is completed with all-in-one.
You mentioned "Putting everything into one image means the elements have to compete with each other about attention".
Is there any way to make this better in the image without cropping?
In terms of the garden art (in Japanese sense), this entire picture is completed (meaning every parts contribute to fill in to create a big picture, nothing more nothing less). In transition to photography from garden art, is there any way to make this image survive?
I would appreciate your advice.

  Posted: 10/06/2020 20:56:23
Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
Light is the best way to attract attention. In this case, you may try to use dodge and burn. Burn the sides and lighten the water part. The trick is not to burn evenly, but let some parts be lighter, f.ex. the domes. This will make the image more interesting.   Posted: 10/07/2020 02:20:08
Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Thank you, Arne.
I did edit just on JPG file using Dodge & Burn to get the image you are referring to.
Is this in line what you suggested or still need more contrast (light/shadow)?   Posted: 10/07/2020 23:01:27
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Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
You are definitely on the right path. If you compare the first image with this one, you see it has much more drama. If you use the Gradient Tool slightly from both sides to darken, you are done.   Posted: 10/08/2020 01:49:22
Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Thank you, Arne for your suggestion. Appreciated!   Posted: 10/08/2020 05:31:10

David Henderson   David Henderson
Hi Haru
To my this image has a bit of everything. With tripod you have captured a very sharp image. The mono conversion has been handled well will multi greys throughout the image. Couple of suggestions is the one that Arne suggested in that to lighten the waterfall so I that your eyes find something to focus on when you first view it. Also next time you take that this image try changing your location so that the waterfall is off to one side or the other so that you might have the water flowing through the image.   Posted: 10/06/2020 21:51:46
Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Thank you, David. I will keep that in mind.   Posted: 10/07/2020 16:55:05

Ying Shi   Ying Shi
I prefer color original films. After converting to black and white, you need to further adjust the light and shadow to highlight the main waterfall.   Posted: 10/18/2020 20:27:42

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I think this is a beautiful view and the image is made better with the inclusion of Arne's suggestions. I also like David's suggestion of having the water flowing through the image.   Posted: 10/19/2020 13:13:38


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