This is a colorful HDR from the Japanese Tea Garden at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. It was my first visit here and I had marked to visit 2 places. The Tea Garden and Stow Lake. I paid $5 for admission to the Garden. Some highlights of the garden (thanks to google) – Three spectacular gates built by Japanese craftsmen trained in the art of traditional carpentry. Constructed from Japanese Hinoki Cypress, the gates were built entirely without the use of nails – The Tea House is open daily. Relax and enjoy and meditative cup of tea overlooking the peaceful waters of the garden – The Drum Bridge is one of the garden’s most notable icons – The Classical Zen Garden designed by Nagao Sakurai, Lantern of Peace, given by the Japanese government in 1953 as a gesture of reconciliation – The Buddhist Pagoda, or “Treasure Tower” replaced Hagiwara’s Shinto Shrine – The Bronze Buddha, presented in 1949 by S.&G. Gump & Company – The landscaped Mt. Fuji Hedge was dedicated in 1979 in honor of Makoto Hagiwara, who was born near Mt. Fuji
It was beautiful. As I was walking through the garden, I felt as though I was not in San Francisco. It is very picturesque. This photo was my favorite area. I walked around looking for the best angle and set up my tripod and cable release for 5 exposures. The trees and bushes were perfect for great detail. If you took this hand held, I think you would lose some quality. I post processed in Photomatix. I took some other standard shots of the ponds with flowers and koy fish. You can have fun here for an hour taking lots of shots.
I had to move on to Stow Lake. I will ost the Roman Bridge picture from there tomorrow and I will give you more details on Golden Gate Park! Hope you have time today to have some tea and relax! On a side note..I added Talke Photography to Twitter today! Link is on the right.