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Portland Japanese Garden

611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
+1 503-223-1321
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Portland Japanese Garden Portland Oregon United States
Go with the Flow Portland Oregon United States
Portland Japanese Garden Portland Oregon United States
Go with the Flow Portland Oregon United States

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Tue - Sun 10am - 4pm
Mon 12pm - 4pm

Portland Japanese Garden

First opened to the public in 1967 and expanded in 2017, the Japanese Garden in Portland’s West Hills is an essential stop on a visit to the city. After a $33.5 million expansion that included three new buildings designed by architect Kengo Kuma—a Japanese Arts Learning Center, a Garden House for horticultural workshops, and a café—the Japanese Garden now spreads across nine acres. A tea garden, a 185-foot “castle wall,” and a new welcome center were also added. The centerpiece is the Strolling Pond Garden, with thousands of Japanese trees and plants.

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Tamron
over 3 years ago

Go with the Flow

A wide-angle zoom lens that can stay stable on its own is an incredible tool for the travel photographer. A wide-angle zoom with vibration compensation features is especially handy when shooting water features. Water looks best when a sense of movement is communicated to the viewer, but communicating that sense of movement requires a slow shutter speed, which would normally mean carrying a tripod into the field in order to keep a camera steady.

Thanks to its proprietary Vibration Compensation technology, Tamron’s 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO is a fantastic performer when it comes to staying stable. When this tech kicks in, I can easily slow my shutter to 1/15th of a second—or slower—and keep static elements of my image razor sharp.
Portland’s Japanese Garden is full of scenes just like this one—scenes that demand a sense of natural fluidity. Waterfalls, streams, flowing Japanese maples, koi ponds, glistening moss; the perfect creative fodder for this versatile lens.