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The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is a treasure on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, serenely beautiful at any time of year but always a special treat in spring. This image has multiple layers added to soften the harsh midday light and create a painterly impression: digital brush strokes, Topaz Adjust, and textures, all mixed all with the original using varied opacities, blending modes and layer masks in Photoshop. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 149mm [298mm in full-frame 35mm equivalent], f/8, 1/500 sec., ISO 100, midday sun) Textures: Photoshop canvas, “You’d be surprised” from Jerry Jones’ Shadowhouse Creations and “Studio 1/Vesuvius” from Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures.

Dedicated to the tranquil beauty of spring in a Japanese garden.

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 1 year ago

    The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is a treasure on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, serenely beautiful at any time of year but always a special treat in spring. This image has multiple layers added to soften the harsh midday light and create a painterly impression: digital brush strokes, Topaz Adjust, and textures, all mixed all with the original using varied opacities, blending modes and layer masks in Photoshop. Textures: Photoshop canvas, “You’d be surprised” from Jerry Jones’ Shadowhouse Creations and “Studio 1/Vesuvius” from Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures.


  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 1 year ago

    Lovely reflections and colors of spring! Can’t wait for our botanical gardens to look like this! The Japanese Gardens are my favourite. Unfortunately yesterday we got a new spring blanket of snow…

  • Thank you for the lovely comment, Joanne! Sorry to hear you are getting such a late snow.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 1 year ago

    Like Joanne, we got snow yesterday so this is such a treat to see, Celeste… those colors and their reflections are so lovely! Seems like a long time until we will be seeing any spring color here in Toronto…glad you posted this, Celeste.. as I hear freezing rain coming down against the windows…

  • Snow in April just seems too late! I’m sure you must be impatient for spring. Thanks for the wonderful comment, Katherine. I’m glad this took you a little away from your lingering winter.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Beautiful garden and photo!!

  • Thank you once more for your kind comment!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbieover 1 year ago

    Truly reflective, colorful and quaint.

  • Thank you! It can be a very lovely place to spend a few hours.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonover 1 year ago

    What a beautiful place! Love everything about this! Great work, Celeste!

  • It really is a beautiful place – so glad you like this, Kristi!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • seeya
    seeyaover 1 year ago

    You have taken your wonderful photography to an entirely new level, Celeste. Beautifully created:) Sandy

  • What a lovely thing to say! Thank you very much, Sandy.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 1 year ago

    Beautifully done.

  • Thank you, Joy! As always, I greatly appreciate your support.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollakover 1 year ago

    What a beautiful, serene scene, and your post-processing is just wonderful. I would love to know how you softened the midday light – I have yet to find a good way to do that!

  • Thank you for the wonderful compliment, Anita! I often turn to Topaz Simplify (applied to a separate layer at something less than full opacity) to soften the bite of overhead light. However, I used Topaz Adjust this time (for starters): Stylized Collection, Painting Venice preset, layer at 75% opacity. I masked a few small areas to lessen the effect even further, but in general this “smeared” colors just a little, which helped lessen the harshness that can come with midday light.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • lezvee
    lezveeover 1 year ago

    Absolutely beautiful – the sort of place you can sit and look for ages.

  • Thank you very much! Yes, this is a great place to relax and take in the beauty of nature.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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