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Washington Park in Portland, OR

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Washington Park in Portland, OR

May day in Portland's Washington Park

When most people think of Portland’s parks they usually think of 5,100 acre Forest Park. However, Washington Park probably has the highest concentration of points of interest in the entire country. The park may only be just over 40 acres but you will be surprised to find the following areas located within the park: Portland zoo, Children’s museum, World Forestry museum, Hoyt Arboretum, International Rose test garden, outdoor stage with grassy sitting area, Portland Japanese garden, two of Portland’s reservoirs, Holocaust memorial, Sacajawea monument, the zoo railway station, several playgrounds, tennis courts and several miles of hiking trails. And you can’t forget that most of the park is very well manicured with thousands of plants and flowers that bloom during Spring and Summer. Washington Park is pretty much the icing on the cake when tourists visit the city. It pretty much closes the book as the most beautiful and greenest cities in the United States. This photo was actually taken within a few hundred feet from the Sacajawea statue. I attached my Sigma 50mm prime/macro lens and attached my warming filter in order to bring out the warming tones of the trees. I removed the CIR-PL since I wasn’t standing in direct sunlight and I didn’t want any camera shake or blur since I wasn’t using a tripod. I set the camera mode at Program/Normal and the ISO at 100 and the white balance at -0.7 which automatically set the aperture at F-3.5 and the shutter speed at 1/100 second.