Gardens of Portland
Jack Graham, Instructor
August 26-27, 2017 (9am-4pm)
We will have a short “Meet and Greet” on the evening of August 25 at our hotel in Portland. We will meet at 6PM. Further details upon registration.
Our workshop will end at 4pm on Sunday afternoon, August 2th
Field locations: Swan Island Dahlias & Portland Japanese Garden
These two locations, though drastically different offer some of the best possible experience for both landscape and close up photography. This is certainly not the Grand Canyon, or Death Valley National Park, where the expanse is the order of the day. Here we will learn to take our time, look, see and take in the beauty all around us, and “work the subject” to come way with nothing less than amazing, almost surreal images.
We will be out early in the morning on Saturday at the Swan Island Dahlia Farm. After Lunch, we’ll drive to the Portland Japanese Garden and spend the balance of the day in the garden. Saturday night will consist of about 2 hours of image reviews. Sunday morning we’ll return to the Dahlia farm to apply what we learned and make a few more images. Sunday afternoon will consist of more image reviews and photographic presentations. Our workshop will end at 4PM.
DEPOSIT, REGISTRATION and LODGING INFORMATION
Please contact the Pacific Northwest Art School to register for this workshop 866-678-3396
HOTEL INFO: We will be staying close to the Portland Airport. HOTEL TBD. Further information upon registration.
About 40 minutes south of the airport in Portland Oregon,( and 20 from the hotel in Tigard) in the heart of the Willamette Valley is Swan Island Dahlias. Covering over 40 acres of more than 350 specie, this is the largest Dahlia field in the United States. Every year over 30,000 seedlings are planted. Upon arriving at the Swan Island Dahlia Farm, you will be amazed to witness the over 40+acres of dahlias, all in symmetric rows, in every color imaginable.
Though many landscape images are available here, this type of landscape photography is very different from typical landscape imagery. The same goes for the close up images that are at every turn.
Endless possibilities of both landscape and close up photography are available. You’ll be able to meander throughout the rows looking for patterns of color and texture of the patterns dahlia plants. It is important to not be overwhelmed and want to quickly capture every flower within sight. Slowing down and studying the subject will make for better images. Paying close attention to your backgrounds will also enhance the final images you capture.
If you own a macro lens, certainly bring it. However, great close up images are available with all lenses available. Great images can be made with telephoto lenses.
I strongly suggest using a tripod
I will work with of you in all aspects of this kind of photography both in the field and in our classroom pre, during and post workshop sessions. A review or critique of our work will occur during and after out workshop in order to see our results and understand what might have to be done differently to come away with some great shots.
I guarantee you’ll remember this workshop. Nowhere else is this type of photography so accessible.
JAPANESE GARDENS / PORTLAND OREGON
The Garden is located in the west hills of Portland, Oregon, directly above the Rose Gardens in Washington Park.
The garden was designed by Professor Takuma Tono beginning in 1963, though the garden opened to the public in 1967.
In a study conducted by the Journal of Japanese Gardening, it was ranked first out of 300 public Japanese gardens outside of Japan and considered to be one of the most authentic. This is notable because a traditional Japanese garden normally takes hundreds of years to evolve and mature, but the Portland Japanese Garden evolved much more quickly—a fusion of hurried western style and stately eastern expression.
The 5.5 acre Japanese Garden is composed of six distinct garden styles. When we enter a Japanese garden, the desired effect is to realize a sense of peace, harmony, and tranquility and to experience the feeling of being a part of nature, in a deep sense. The Japanese garden is a living reflection of the long history and traditional culture of Japan. Influenced by Shinto, Buddhist, and Taoist philosophies, there is always “something more” in these compositions of stone, water, and plants than meets the eye.
Three of the essential elements used to create a Japanese garden are stone, the “bones” of the landscape; water, the life-giving force; and plants, the tapestry of the four seasons. Japanese garden designers feel that good stone composition is one of the most important elements in creating a well-designed garden. Secondary elements include pagodas, stone lanterns, water basins, arbors, and bridges. Japanese gardens are asymmetrical in design and reflect nature in idealized form. Traditionally, human scale is maintained throughout so that one always feels part of the environment, not overpowered by it
We will take our time, and look for the inner beauty to capture in our photography. We’ll use the combination of water and the amazing plants to create some wonderful images. Patterns and foregrounds are the order of the say.
We will stress simplicity and use all aspects, including Depth of Field, proper exposure and more to improve your overall photography as well as come away with some wonderful images in this word class garden.
HOTEL INFORMATION FURNISHED UPON REGISTRATION
Fly into Portland (PDX). Get a good night’s rest on Friday evening. We’ll be leaving the hotel early on the 26t. (5:15AM)
Though we’ll be travelling together, I will provide driving instructions to each location.
As in any city, there are many good restaurants. Portland boasts some of the best. The downtown area is about 15-20 minutes from the Airport.
However, we are here to photograph and often the best light is at breakfast and dinner. Please know this in advance