Proclaimed the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a 5.5-acre haven of tranquil beauty nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland, Orego. Check out their website: http://japanesegarden.com/
To get in at 6:30, we have to pay for a Photography Membership Level which is $150. I will only be buying a regular "Senior Membership" So I can only go at 8:00 am. Sorry for any confusion I have caused.
Our group has visited the gardens several times in the last four years, but there is always something to shoot.
On October 11th members only can go into the gardens at 6:30 am. If the weather is still good, we can get pictures of fall colors and maybe even a sunrise. Ordinarily the garden do not open until 10 a.m. for the general public, but on this day you can get in with your tripod at 6:30 am if you are a member or a guest of a member. I am a member so I can take one person (whoever contacts me first).
If there are other members who want to go, please let us know so we can get others in free. Or you might consider becoming a member because the The Japanese Gardens is a great place to go for photo shoots at least every season! The membership fee is not too expensive. You only need to go a couple of times for it to pay off.
By the way: I know someone who won a contest with an image they took at the Japanese Gardens.
2012 Calendar Photo Contest Sponsored By:
Enter by December 15, 2010
The Garden is calling for photo submissions for the 2012 Portland Japanese Garden calendar, featuring the images of
our Photographer Members.
Who’s Eligible to Enter:
Current Portland Japanese Garden Photo Members
Cannon is http://japanesegarden.com/visiting/photography/contest/
Also both Pro Photo and Cannon are offering a Photography Membership for the Japanese Gardens. Check out the benefits.