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The Icon

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 9 November 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

There is one particular Japanese Maple that everyone seem to have to photograph. It is the icon of the Portland Japanese Garden. So I felt that I needed a different approach.

NIKON D700 1/80 second F/4.0 ISO 400 24 mm (35mm equiv.)

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Sublime !!!!

9 Nov 2011 5:46am

myky from Ontario, Canada

Dramatic and interesting have given this tree a real personality as if it is ready to spring into motion!

9 Nov 2011 5:48am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Excellent processing, almost looks like a fantasy oil painting

9 Nov 2011 7:01am

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

as a wonderfulpainting

9 Nov 2011 7:22am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Gorgeous tones !
I like the stenght of the movements of this trunk and branches...

9 Nov 2011 7:27am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

superbe iamge quel effet et ce couleur et ces forme du tronc et des banches fantastique.

bravo et belle journée

9 Nov 2011 7:28am

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

This is a gem of a shot, Jack! Awesome perspective, colors and light

9 Nov 2011 7:50am

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

Oh wow! I love the vibrant colors.

9 Nov 2011 8:51am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb effect ! Bravo ! Like in fire !

9 Nov 2011 8:59am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Just magnificent Jack. Superb vibrant colors

9 Nov 2011 9:41am

jay from MUMBAI, India

Excellent Work.....Nice Colors In There

9 Nov 2011 9:55am

ajo from madrid, Spain

Amazing... so amazing...

9 Nov 2011 10:00am

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

Impressive explosion of amazing colors.

9 Nov 2011 10:41am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

This is out-bloody-standing!

9 Nov 2011 10:48am

Florence from Paris, France

Great process and spectacular rendering Jack !

9 Nov 2011 11:27am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Stunning photo, great colors!

9 Nov 2011 11:27am

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Wow, I am speechless. Amazing interpretation!

9 Nov 2011 11:53am

Victoria from Sweden

Wow!!! Very nice picture!

9 Nov 2011 12:44pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Really amazing !!!!!! 5 *. Good day.

9 Nov 2011 12:48pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A marvelous perspective and process here, Jack! That's the key isn't it...take a unique approach to an iconic certaily did that here! This is magnificent...but I cannot say I am surprised ;-)

9 Nov 2011 1:21pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wow - a stunning work of art that does full justice to this iconic tree.

9 Nov 2011 1:30pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Excellent pp treatment Jack! Like a fantasy painting! ;-)

9 Nov 2011 1:41pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Eye-catching, for sure. I hope you will show us the real thing as well.

9 Nov 2011 1:43pm

Macrobaby from St. Catharines, Canada

This photograph has become a wonderful tree in a magnificent enchanted forest. Well done Jack!! I too would like to see the actual photo.

9 Nov 2011 1:50pm

Chriss de l'Ile de La Réunion from Saint Paul, Reunion

C'est magnifique !

9 Nov 2011 2:03pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Terrific! Great work!

9 Nov 2011 2:14pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! unbelievable shot
well done

9 Nov 2011 2:22pm

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

intense!!! this is a perfect cross of photography and painting! 5 stars!!!!

9 Nov 2011 2:40pm

Silvia Ganora Photography from Italy

Truly amazing work! It's on fire!

9 Nov 2011 3:24pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

How intriguing, myterious yet enchanting! Wonderful work!

9 Nov 2011 3:36pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A mystical tree trunk with the explosion of color makes for a top-notch image!

9 Nov 2011 3:46pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon,, Canada

Your effects here make it look like a painting from Grimms Fairy Tales. Spectacular !!!

9 Nov 2011 3:51pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

amazingly colorful ... an absolutely beautiful piece of art !

9 Nov 2011 4:08pm

Steve from Camdenton, United States

Wonderful color and superb treatment.

9 Nov 2011 5:07pm

Sylvia from Noord-Limburg, Netherlands

Wonderfull shot, lovely colors!

9 Nov 2011 5:20pm

Ahmad from Isfahan, Iran

An excellent shot and color ... well done !

9 Nov 2011 5:23pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany


9 Nov 2011 5:31pm

franz from Baden, Austria

the "different" approach definitely worked! this is fantastic, jack!

9 Nov 2011 6:00pm

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands

It seems a fairy tale! great *****

9 Nov 2011 6:12pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What an interesting capture with processing that makes the tree look like it is ablaze! Wonderful colors.

9 Nov 2011 7:06pm

Adela Fonts from Spain

You become an icon of wonderful unique work of art ... Congratulations friend Jack! Un abrazo amigo! Adela

9 Nov 2011 8:26pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Looks like painted.

9 Nov 2011 8:33pm

Duck Island Guy from Off the Coast, United States

Exquisite, Jack!!

9 Nov 2011 8:40pm

@Duck Island Guy: Thanks, Bill; it looks like an iPad App (but it ain't).

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

Look like a paint picture. It´s so beautiful

9 Nov 2011 8:44pm

PATRICK from miramas, France


9 Nov 2011 10:05pm

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Des couleurs de feu pour un bel effet ... bravo

9 Nov 2011 10:21pm

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

I like the new iconography. stunning!

9 Nov 2011 10:25pm

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Wow! Excellent work!

9 Nov 2011 10:29pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Absolutely beautiful 5*

9 Nov 2011 11:35pm

Jackie from Montréal, Canada

This is really beautiful! A marvelous image!

10 Nov 2011 12:12am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

certainly an artistic and eye catching approach to this photo! nice work with the leave and colours feeling almost liquid and ready to spill out past the frame...

10 Nov 2011 2:39am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

An awesome infusion of colour bursting power. I love what you did with this.

10 Nov 2011 2:54am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

A dazzling image that jumps off the page - you've out done yourself!

10 Nov 2011 6:27am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

superb processing

10 Nov 2011 12:43pm

Ionela from Bucharest, Romania

Just perfect!

10 Nov 2011 7:09pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Fantastic image, beautiful colors!

10 Nov 2011 9:19pm

Harry from Apex, United States

Spectacular color and painterly effect.

10 Nov 2011 10:41pm

@Harry: Thank you. I used painterly filters.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Congratulations on your spotlight selection Jack! ;-)

10 Nov 2011 10:47pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Excellent treatment. Wonderful. Congratulation on the Spotlight.

10 Nov 2011 10:47pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Wonderful... love your artistic approach here. And bravo for the spotlight... :-)

11 Nov 2011 12:06am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Oh, my God, Jack. This is incredible. So beautiful. A work of art!

11 Nov 2011 2:59am

Lydia.Dd from de partout et de nulle part, France

Very artistic !! wonderful !

11 Nov 2011 3:14am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Congrats on your Spotlight!

11 Nov 2011 3:14am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

I knew this would be the Spotlight as soon as I saw it - congratulations!

11 Nov 2011 3:19am

rupesh from kudal, India

‎"Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart......''
nice painting...!!!

11 Nov 2011 3:19am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Congratulations on the Spotlight! What an interesting post processing! Love the colours

11 Nov 2011 4:01am

myky from Ontario, Canada


11 Nov 2011 5:02am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Right on : a super well-deserved Spotlight for this vivid work of art. Congrats!

11 Nov 2011 5:02am

Ani from Bordeaux, France

So wonderful !!! Bravo pour le Spotlight Jack !!! ;o)

11 Nov 2011 5:29am

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

Congratulations you're on Spotlight!!!!!

11 Nov 2011 5:43am

Lilly and Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United States

Congratulations to you and the tree on the Spotlight ! Wonderfully liquid color.

11 Nov 2011 7:05am

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

spectacular autumn colours.....wonderful backlighting & visual.....looks like a fine oil painting.....Congratz. on the Spotlight.

11 Nov 2011 7:10am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Well, this tree is in the "Spotlight" in more ways than one.
Wonderful effect...this tree seems alive and writhing. Congratulations and Bravo !!

11 Nov 2011 7:18am

@DULCIE: Thanks. It's the writhing that attracts me.

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

This photography is a marvel ! 5 stars
A well-deserved spotlight

11 Nov 2011 7:58am

gootchai from Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! Superb ephoto!! Je suis fan!!5*****Et bravo pour ton spotlight!!

11 Nov 2011 8:57am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wow Jack! Such a spectacular explosion of colour and light, a well deserved Spotlight mate, a superb picture!

11 Nov 2011 9:00am

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands

Congratulations, you deserved the spotlight!

11 Nov 2011 9:47am

Goddess ☼ Ƹl¡ from Tehran, Iran

it reminds me fire ... ....
congrats on the spotlight ;)

11 Nov 2011 11:15am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Congratulations for the Spotlight. Good day.

11 Nov 2011 11:50am



11 Nov 2011 12:17pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Congrats on the spotlight-I told you it was outstanding!

11 Nov 2011 12:36pm

@CElliottUK: Yeah, but you lie a lot:)))

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

There ya go! I just NOTICED the spotlight :-) COngrats my man - I know how you feel about these things but it still is MOST deserved sir :-)

11 Nov 2011 12:53pm

franz from Baden, Austria

why am i not surprised at this spotlight?!? surely one of the most outstanding images ever chosen!! chapeau, jack!

11 Nov 2011 1:24pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Outstanding ,unique beauty...grandiose...fantastic...superb...beautiful fiery color...great photo work.

11 Nov 2011 1:52pm

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

gorge! love the treatment, too

11 Nov 2011 2:11pm

MSD from Fort Washington, United States

WOW! Incredible composition! The colors and treatment are exceptional!

11 Nov 2011 3:25pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Fantastic ! Congratulation to the spotlight !

11 Nov 2011 3:28pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon,, Canada

Congratulations to your much earned spotlight and so well deserved for the incredible
artistry here is simply through the roof. A perfect photo that takes us back to Grimms
Fairy Tales and all the magic of those tales appear beautifully in your photo.
magic is in the music
magic is in this photo
magic is all around us
magic you are there !

11 Nov 2011 3:56pm

@Phil David Morris 2011: Thank you. Hope that you believe in magic as much as I do.

keith from killarney, Ireland

jack I have just found this amazing image congrats on the Icon status

11 Nov 2011 5:07pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Congratulations on the spotlight.

11 Nov 2011 5:35pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

yeah this was excellent work...congratulations Jack!

11 Nov 2011 5:38pm

Uwe from Germany

Such impressive colors in this wonderful artwork!

11 Nov 2011 7:00pm

Nina from Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States

Wow - that is stunning. Your different approach and treatment is spot on. Congratulations - well deserved!

11 Nov 2011 7:42pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Amazing image ! Congratulations on the spotlight !

11 Nov 2011 9:34pm

Brandon from New York, United States

Beautiful image! How did you process this??

11 Nov 2011 9:53pm

@Brandon: First, I spunked it up a bit with increased contrast. Then I ran it through the Oil Painting setting in Photoshop's Pixel Bender. Last I used Topaz's Oil Painting setting in Simplify. Within each, I played with sliders and messed around until I got what I wanted. This is one of those times that I wished that I had begun as a Smart Object and then done everything as Smart Filters. Then I would know exactly what I did. Maybe this experience will get me off of the dime to consistently start my processing with a Smart Object. Anything done in Lightroom, you can easily see what you did.

Maria from California, United States

I saw this the other day, and I knew it will get a spotlight...I just knew had to!
really beautiful...
great job on it Jack and Congratulations!

12 Nov 2011 4:14am

@Maria: Thank you. I have been both amazed and overwhelmed by the aminus3 community response. To be honest, it embarrasses me.

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Excellent ! Comme un tableau ! Bravo pour le spotlight !

12 Nov 2011 5:20am

Fraucha from Біла Церква, Ukraine

So beautiful, gratz on the Spotlight WELL DESERVED!!!!!!

12 Nov 2011 5:47am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Great picture

12 Nov 2011 8:15am

/\/\ ! /\/ /\ from Tehran, Iran

Dreamy, colorful and beautiful!!! I love this shot!!!
best of luck :-)

12 Nov 2011 11:43am

Mike from California, United States

Cool image, great choice of PP...Congratulations on the spotlight !

12 Nov 2011 6:04pm

oncho from granada, Spain

Bravo! great work.....fantastic

12 Nov 2011 7:25pm

Morris Taub (momo) from Montpellier, France

love how you handled this one...fabulous image...color knocked my socks off :-)

13 Nov 2011 2:19am

Céline from New York City, United States

Wow ! Gorgeous shot ! The light and colors are perfectly captured !

13 Nov 2011 3:43am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Excellent processing !

13 Nov 2011 8:34am

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

smashing colored

13 Nov 2011 11:38am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland


14 Nov 2011 6:51am

Grandoude from Saint Quentin en Yvelines, France

Picture between the paint and the photography!
Intenses colours, well done!

14 Nov 2011 8:44am

Digital Sojourn from Lake, United States


14 Nov 2011 10:14am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

WOW.. the leaves look like fire.. fantastic. Congratulations on your Spotlight

14 Nov 2011 10:28am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

I'm without words Jack, it's a fairytale tree and such great colors and processing! Congrats on the Spotlight!

14 Nov 2011 10:55am

@Monique: thank you

Fereshteh from Alessandria, Italy

Woww, what did you do with this picture?! It's perfect!

14 Nov 2011 6:57pm

marie-france from Mesves sur Loire, France

Que c'est beau ! on est transporté dans un rêve !

14 Nov 2011 9:50pm

Mark from Rock Springs, United States

hmmm. interesting. I'm stumped for words

14 Nov 2011 11:37pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Absolutely stunning! Congratulations on your Spotlight! Much deserved for all your gorgeous images as well as this stunner!

16 Nov 2011 4:24am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It looks like Van Gogh painted this. Congratulations on the Spotlight!

17 Nov 2011 1:08am

BlindPoet from Whangarei, New Zealand

Love what you have done here................

18 Nov 2011 2:13am

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique !

19 Nov 2011 10:15pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Fantastic! You did a great job with this one. One of my favorites of yours.

20 Nov 2011 11:28am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

I've been running through some of your older pieces and found this one. Stunning!

15 Aug 2013 9:28pm

This image has been featured in 2 Remix collections.

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