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.
9 Nov 2011 5:46am
Dramatic and interesting effect...you have given this tree a real personality as if it is ready to spring into motion!
9 Nov 2011 5:48am
Excellent processing, almost looks like a fantasy oil painting
9 Nov 2011 7:01am
as a wonderfulpainting
9 Nov 2011 7:22am
Gorgeous tones !
I like the stenght of the movements of this trunk and branches...
9 Nov 2011 7:27am
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
This is a gem of a shot, Jack! Awesome perspective, colors and light
9 Nov 2011 7:50am
Oh wow! I love the vibrant colors.
9 Nov 2011 8:51am
A superb effect ! Bravo ! Like in fire !
9 Nov 2011 8:59am
Just magnificent Jack. Superb vibrant colors
9 Nov 2011 9:41am
Excellent Work.....Nice Colors In There
9 Nov 2011 9:55am
Amazing... so amazing...
9 Nov 2011 10:00am
Impressive explosion of amazing colors.
9 Nov 2011 10:41am
This is out-bloody-standing!
9 Nov 2011 10:48am
Great process and spectacular rendering Jack !
9 Nov 2011 11:27am
Stunning photo, great colors!
Wow, I am speechless. Amazing interpretation!
9 Nov 2011 11:53am
Wow!!! Very nice picture!
9 Nov 2011 12:44pm
Really amazing !!!!!! 5 *. Good day.
9 Nov 2011 12:48pm
A marvelous perspective and process here, Jack! That's the key isn't it...take a unique approach to an iconic scenne...you certaily did that here! This is magnificent...but I cannot say I am surprised ;-)
9 Nov 2011 1:21pm
Wow - a stunning work of art that does full justice to this iconic tree.
9 Nov 2011 1:30pm
Excellent pp treatment Jack! Like a fantasy painting! ;-)
9 Nov 2011 1:41pm
Eye-catching, for sure. I hope you will show us the real thing as well.
9 Nov 2011 1:43pm
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
C'est magnifique !
9 Nov 2011 2:03pm
Terrific! Great work!
9 Nov 2011 2:14pm
wow ! unbelievable shot
9 Nov 2011 2:22pm
intense!!! this is a perfect cross of photography and painting! 5 stars!!!!
9 Nov 2011 2:40pm
Truly amazing work! It's on fire!
9 Nov 2011 3:24pm
How intriguing, myterious yet enchanting! Wonderful work!
9 Nov 2011 3:36pm
A mystical tree trunk with the explosion of color makes for a top-notch image!
9 Nov 2011 3:46pm
Your effects here make it look like a painting from Grimms Fairy Tales. Spectacular !!!
9 Nov 2011 3:51pm
amazingly colorful ... an absolutely beautiful piece of art !
9 Nov 2011 4:08pm
Wonderful color and superb treatment.
9 Nov 2011 5:07pm
Wonderfull shot, lovely colors!
9 Nov 2011 5:20pm
An excellent shot and color ... well done !
9 Nov 2011 5:23pm
9 Nov 2011 5:31pm
the "different" approach definitely worked! this is fantastic, jack!
9 Nov 2011 6:00pm
It seems a fairy tale! great *****
9 Nov 2011 6:12pm
What an interesting capture with processing that makes the tree look like it is ablaze! Wonderful colors.
9 Nov 2011 7:06pm
You become an icon of wonderful unique work of art ... Congratulations friend Jack! Un abrazo amigo! Adela
9 Nov 2011 8:26pm
Looks like painted.
9 Nov 2011 8:33pm
9 Nov 2011 8:40pm
@Duck Island Guy: Thanks, Bill; it looks like an iPad App (but it ain't).
Look like a paint picture. It´s so beautiful
9 Nov 2011 8:44pm
9 Nov 2011 10:05pm
Des couleurs de feu pour un bel effet ... bravo
9 Nov 2011 10:21pm
I like the new iconography. stunning!
9 Nov 2011 10:25pm
Wow! Excellent work!
9 Nov 2011 10:29pm
Absolutely beautiful 5*
9 Nov 2011 11:35pm
This is really beautiful! A marvelous image!
10 Nov 2011 12:12am
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
An awesome infusion of colour bursting power. I love what you did with this.
10 Nov 2011 2:54am
A dazzling image that jumps off the page - you've out done yourself!
10 Nov 2011 6:27am
10 Nov 2011 12:43pm
10 Nov 2011 7:09pm
Fantastic image, beautiful colors!
10 Nov 2011 9:19pm
Spectacular color and painterly effect.
10 Nov 2011 10:41pm
@Harry: Thank you. I used painterly filters.
Congratulations on your spotlight selection Jack! ;-)
10 Nov 2011 10:47pm
Excellent treatment. Wonderful. Congratulation on the Spotlight.
Wonderful... love your artistic approach here. And bravo for the spotlight... :-)
11 Nov 2011 12:06am
Oh, my God, Jack. This is incredible. So beautiful. A work of art!
11 Nov 2011 2:59am
Very artistic !! wonderful !
11 Nov 2011 3:14am
Congrats on your Spotlight!
I knew this would be the Spotlight as soon as I saw it - congratulations!
11 Nov 2011 3:19am
"Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart......''
Congratulations on the Spotlight! What an interesting post processing! Love the colours
11 Nov 2011 4:01am
11 Nov 2011 5:02am
Right on : a super well-deserved Spotlight for this vivid work of art. Congrats!
So wonderful !!! Bravo pour le Spotlight Jack !!! ;o)
11 Nov 2011 5:29am
Congratulations you're on Spotlight!!!!!
11 Nov 2011 5:43am
Congratulations to you and the tree on the Spotlight ! Wonderfully liquid color.
11 Nov 2011 7:05am
spectacular autumn colours.....wonderful backlighting & visual.....looks like a fine oil painting.....Congratz. on the Spotlight.
11 Nov 2011 7:10am
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.
This photography is a marvel ! 5 stars
A well-deserved spotlight
11 Nov 2011 7:58am
Wouhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! Superb ephoto!! Je suis fan!!5*****Et bravo pour ton spotlight!!
11 Nov 2011 8:57am
Wow Jack! Such a spectacular explosion of colour and light, a well deserved Spotlight mate, a superb picture!
11 Nov 2011 9:00am
Congratulations, you deserved the spotlight!
11 Nov 2011 9:47am
it reminds me fire ... ....
congrats on the spotlight ;)
11 Nov 2011 11:15am
Congratulations for the Spotlight. Good day.
11 Nov 2011 11:50am
11 Nov 2011 12:17pm
Congrats on the spotlight-I told you it was outstanding!
11 Nov 2011 12:36pm
@CElliottUK: Yeah, but you lie a lot:)))
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
why am i not surprised at this spotlight?!? surely one of the most outstanding images ever chosen!! chapeau, jack!
11 Nov 2011 1:24pm
Outstanding ,unique beauty...grandiose...fantastic...superb...beautiful fiery color...great photo work.
11 Nov 2011 1:52pm
gorge! love the treatment, too
11 Nov 2011 2:11pm
WOW! Incredible composition! The colors and treatment are exceptional!
11 Nov 2011 3:25pm
Fantastic ! Congratulation to the spotlight !
11 Nov 2011 3:28pm
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.
jack I have just found this amazing image congrats on the Icon status
11 Nov 2011 5:07pm
Congratulations on the spotlight.
11 Nov 2011 5:35pm
yeah this was excellent work...congratulations Jack!
11 Nov 2011 5:38pm
Such impressive colors in this wonderful artwork!
11 Nov 2011 7:00pm
Wow - that is stunning. Your different approach and treatment is spot on. Congratulations - well deserved!
11 Nov 2011 7:42pm
Amazing image ! Congratulations on the spotlight !
11 Nov 2011 9:34pm
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.
I saw this the other day, and I knew it will get a spotlight...I just knew it...it had to!
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.
Excellent ! Comme un tableau ! Bravo pour le spotlight !
12 Nov 2011 5:20am
So beautiful, gratz on the Spotlight WELL DESERVED!!!!!!
12 Nov 2011 5:47am
12 Nov 2011 8:15am
Dreamy, colorful and beautiful!!! I love this shot!!!
best of luck :-)
12 Nov 2011 11:43am
Cool image, great choice of PP...Congratulations on the spotlight !
12 Nov 2011 6:04pm
Bravo! great work.....fantastic
12 Nov 2011 7:25pm
love how you handled this one...fabulous image...color knocked my socks off :-)
13 Nov 2011 2:19am
Wow ! Gorgeous shot ! The light and colors are perfectly captured !
13 Nov 2011 3:43am
Excellent processing !
13 Nov 2011 8:34am
13 Nov 2011 11:38am
14 Nov 2011 6:51am
Picture between the paint and the photography!
Intenses colours, well done!
14 Nov 2011 8:44am
14 Nov 2011 10:14am
WOW.. the leaves look like fire.. fantastic. Congratulations on your Spotlight
14 Nov 2011 10:28am
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
Woww, what did you do with this picture?! It's perfect!
14 Nov 2011 6:57pm
Que c'est beau ! on est transporté dans un rêve !
14 Nov 2011 9:50pm
hmmm. interesting. I'm stumped for words
14 Nov 2011 11:37pm
Absolutely stunning! Congratulations on your Spotlight! Much deserved for all your gorgeous images as well as this stunner!
16 Nov 2011 4:24am
It looks like Van Gogh painted this. Congratulations on the Spotlight!
17 Nov 2011 1:08am
Love what you have done here................
18 Nov 2011 2:13am
19 Nov 2011 10:15pm
Fantastic! You did a great job with this one. One of my favorites of yours.
20 Nov 2011 11:28am
I've been running through some of your older pieces and found this one. Stunning!
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