Posts Tagged: Japanese garden

March 23, 2010 – Kubota Japanese Garden

Kubota Japanese Garden

Kubota Japanese Garden, Seattle, Washington

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Uh oh, only one more post until the two week drought! How are we all going to make it through?? Well, dumb question, I know exactly how I’ll make it through. With lots of cocktails. On the beach. Oh, it’ll be rough, for sure. It’s you all that I’m worried about. How will you survive without your daily dose of wit and pixels? You probably won’t, I’ll probably just no longer have an audience when I get home. Sigh.

Today’s picture takes us back to the Kubota Garden on the south side of Seattle. It’s one of two (that I know about) Japanese gardens in town, the other being in the arboretum just south of the university. They’re both really nice, but the Kubota Garden is bigger and has more little nooks. (Although it’s worth noting that they have about the same number of crannies.) This picture was at the very limit of what the equipment I had could handle. In fact, the image quality isn’t *quite* what I’d be happy with, although it’s what I got, so I guess I’ll just have to be happy with it. It was really dark in there, which meant using a long shutter speed and a wide-open aperture. So my depth of field wasn’t what I would have wanted, and the shutter speed I was using (1/40th of a second!) allowed for a little bit of both camera shake and motion blur. Either one of those can trash an otherwise nice picture, but I think this one made it through just barely. I suppose I could have jacked up the ISO to compensate, but this was with my older camera (the Rebel XT) which didn’t handle high-ISOs very well, nowhere near as well as the T1i anyway.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting a picture that I’ve threatened to post a few times, starting back in Canada week. I’m finally going to do it tomorrow, and then you’ll have to look at it for 2 weeks. That’s okay though, it’s a nice one. See you then!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/40s, f/3.5, ISO 400. Focal length: 28mm.

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February 9, 2010 – Washington Park Japanese Garden

Woodland Park Japanese Garden

Woodland Park Japanese Garden

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


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July 9, 2009 – Washington Park Arboretum

Japanese Garden, Washington Park Arboretum

Japanese Garden, Washington Park Arboretum

Thursday, July 9, 2009.

I like this one because it’s got purdy colors. This was taken in the Japanese Garden that’s part of the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle. (Near the UW.) When I was taking it I wasn’t expecting much out of it, but when I was going through the pictures that I had taken that day later, I really liked how all the different colors played off of each other. (The bright green in the grass, the blue from the water, and then all of the different colors in the tree too…)

So there you go. After all the hype that built up after yesterday’s post, about what I could POSSIBLY use for today, now you know.


Details: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/60s, f/16.0, ISO 800. Focal length: 24mm.

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