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Old May 7, 2013, 6:54 PM   #1
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I visited last Saturday a Japanese garden in Oyster Bay - Long Island and it was a beautiful and relaxing experience.

I used my Nikon D600 + 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8

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Hey Marcelo

Those are nice.. I was expecting a few colour all in bloom Japanese Garden pics but those are even better in B&W. No1 and 2 you've nailed the composition.

You can't beat a Japanese Garden.. they're simply amazing how they are laid out and how relaxing and tranquil they can be. I've yet to see a western landscaped garden get anywhere close to that experience.

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Absolutely wonderful pics.
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Hey Marcelo

Those are nice.. I was expecting a few colour all in bloom Japanese Garden pics but those are even better in B&W. No1 and 2 you've nailed the composition.

You can't beat a Japanese Garden.. they're simply amazing how they are laid out and how relaxing and tranquil they can be. I've yet to see a western landscaped garden get anywhere close to that experience.
Thank you Harj, it was a beautiful day and I really enjoyed it.

There is a famous Japanese garden in Portland and it is in my wish list of places to visit, i hope I can do that soon.

I think the B&W looks great for this kind of subject but I'll post in color also.

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Absolutely wonderful pics.
Thank you so much for your kind words.

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Hey Marcelo

Those look fab and esp the first one .. I'd love to have something like that or have a J Garden nearby where I could go to.

I've been to the one in Portland several times - it was the first Japanese Garden that I had ever been too and probably the best so far. It knocked me for 6 the first time and every time after its been better, the views are stunning and the tranquility and calm as soon as you enter the gardens is something else. Looks really stunning in the fall .. !

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Love the series! My fav has got to be the 2nd B&W. It really moves towards abstraction and just study of lines, curves, shapes. I also like the #7. Very subtle, but loads of nice texture in there to explore.

As for colour vs. B&W, I guess so many ways to think about it. B&W abstracts and separates it from what we see everyday, like the tree. It's its own exploration. But sometimes the subject can be colour, like the fish or #6 with the warm red leaves against the cool blue sky.

Keep them coming!

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Love the series! My fav has got to be the 2nd B&W. It really moves towards abstraction and just study of lines, curves, shapes. I also like the #7. Very subtle, but loads of nice texture in there to explore.

As for colour vs. B&W, I guess so many ways to think about it. B&W abstracts and separates it from what we see everyday, like the tree. It's its own exploration. But sometimes the subject can be colour, like the fish or #6 with the warm red leaves against the cool blue sky.

Keep them coming!
Have to agree with Harj & Glen, the second image in B&W is superb.

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Hey Marcelo

Those look fab and esp the first one .. I'd love to have something like that or have a J Garden nearby where I could go to.

I've been to the one in Portland several times - it was the first Japanese Garden that I had ever been too and probably the best so far. It knocked me for 6 the first time and every time after its been better, the views are stunning and the tranquility and calm as soon as you enter the gardens is something else. Looks really stunning in the fall .. !
Harj,

I was told is a Japanese Garden inside Holland Park, but never visited because it was winter when I visited London.

You are so lucky to had the chance to visit the Portland JG, I saw some pictures and it is majestic specially in fall.



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Love the series! My fav has got to be the 2nd B&W. It really moves towards abstraction and just study of lines, curves, shapes. I also like the #7. Very subtle, but loads of nice texture in there to explore.

As for colour vs. B&W, I guess so many ways to think about it. B&W abstracts and separates it from what we see everyday, like the tree. It's its own exploration. But sometimes the subject can be colour, like the fish or #6 with the warm red leaves against the cool blue sky.

Keep them coming!
Thank you for the feedback I really appreciate it, the second is the winner of that day and my favorite as well.


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Have to agree with Harj & Glen, the second image in B&W is superb.

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I prefer color but that's just a personal thing... You've done a superb job with
these in both mediums...!
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Thank you William for the nice comment.

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