San Francisco, CA – Japanese Tea Garden – HDR

SF - Japaese Tea Garden - HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, HDR in Photomatix

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.

3 comments on “San Francisco, CA – Japanese Tea Garden – HDR

  1. Zanthrax says:

    Stunning!

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