It has been years, four to be exact, that I have tried to capture this tree in its full fall glory and it finally happened. Last year I traveled came home empty handed, only to hear the fall colours exploded a week later. I was so defeated and thought about giving up, but there is something about this tree that kept calling my name. That’s probably why it’s the most photographed tree in the world.
This is called a Japanese Lace Leaf Maple tree, it was donated to the Japanese Garden in Portland Oregon years ago. During fall the leaves go from their gorgeous greens to this unbelievable, yellow, red and orange. In just a few days after the colours peak the leave fall off, they are so delicate they don’t stick around long.
Now I decided to shoot the tree on a few different days to catch as much colour as possible. I also decided to shoot it in the mornings and mid day. Normally I would never shoot anything mid day but the light illuminating the tree from behind made the colours explode, created amazing shadows and with a bit of camera magic I got the cool “sun star” affect. I went back in the mornings to make sure I got the richest colours possible. I just love how they all came out.
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