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Japanese Garden Waterfall – Portland, Oregon

This waterfall can be viewed in the Natural Garden section of Portland’s Japanese Garden which is situated near Washington Park and the famed International Rose Test Garden. I selected a slow shutter speed to achieve a surreal look on the water’s flow. No notes were taken detailing the exact speed for this exposure but it had to be at least one second. The hardest part about longer shutter speeds on waterfalls is to avoid catching movement of the foliage around the falls.


The 5.5 acre Portland Japanese Garden is composed of five distinct garden styles. The garden was designed by Professor Takuma Tono, one of the most important Japanese landscape architects of his time. The garden was dedicated and design began in 1963, though the garden opened to the public in 1967.

In a study conducted in 2004 by the Journal of Japanese Gardening, it was ranked a very close second place out of 300 public Japanese gardens outside of Japan for highest quality. The Japanese ambassador to the U.S., Nobuo Matsunaga, said “I believe this garden to be the most authentic Japanese garden, including those in Japan.” -Wikipedia

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