Whirlpool of Leaves

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© Justin Lee
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Photo Info
UploadedApril 29, 2007
TakenNovember 1, 2006
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure30 sec at f/14
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length17 mm
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I shot this image at the Portland Japanese Gardens. I knew that with a long exposure I could get this fantastic vortex of leaves. I used a 3 stop ND filter stacked on a Warming Polarizer. Shot with a Nikon D2X with 17-55 at ISO 100 f14 for 30 sec.

68 responses

  • Howard Seelig

    Howard Seelig gave props (6 Sep 2007):

    WOW, you do great work.

  • Carlos Ugarte

    Carlos Ugarte gave props (4 Oct 2007):

    Love it.

  • Garrett Yamasaki

    Garrett Yamasaki gave props (19 Nov 2007):

    Stunning image Justin

  • Keith Kamicar

    Keith Kamicar (Deleted) gave props (27 Dec 2007):

    Fantastic shot!!!

  • Harry Hall

    Harry Hall said (25 Jan 2008):


  • Dylan Sullivan

    Dylan Sullivan said (14 Feb 2008):

    This is mesmerizing! =D
    Natures' stunning beauty captured in a wonder-fully creative image!

  • JD

    JD gave props (19 Feb 2008):

    awesome shot - thanks for giving the info on how you captured it too.

  • Scott Tizzard

    Scott Tizzard gave props (25 Feb 2008):


  • Henrique Pousão

    Henrique Pousão gave props (11 Mar 2008):

    Great work

  • Ryan Tarsdale

    Ryan Tarsdale said (17 Mar 2008):

    Holy God what a shot!

  • Zach Gibson

    Zach Gibson gave props (21 Apr 2008):

    The waterfalls in the background are such a good addition to this. Totally awesome

  • Jamie Nardoni

    Jamie Nardoni (Deleted) said (23 Apr 2008):


  • Adrienne Darnell

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  • Sanjeev Tyagi

    Sanjeev Tyagi gave props (30 Sep 2008):


  • Don Martel

    Don Martel said (26 Oct 2008):

    amazing image .. I have done a few of these myself .. the water falls are certainly the icing on the cake! YUM!

  • David Bowden

    David Bowden gave props (1 Nov 2008):

    Beautiful and technically excellent. Thanks for the shot details. I really appreciate those.

  • :) L P

    :) L P gave props (1 Dec 2008):


  • Jaime Lavone Vedres

    Jaime Lavone Vedres said (20 Dec 2008):

    your landscapes are incredible... i have a lot to work on!!

  • Nicole Basurto

    Nicole Basurto said (29 Dec 2008):

    beautiful...these gardnes are my favorite! very inspiring!

  • Ken Burns

    Ken Burns said (12 Jan 2009):

    Lovely shots of Oregon

  • Joel MacPherson

    Joel MacPherson gave props (3 Feb 2009):


  • benjamin jenks

    benjamin jenks said (24 Apr 2009):

    everyone loves it. nice work justin!
    it really feels good to look at this shot.

  • Debbie Cool

    Debbie Cool said (25 May 2009):

    Your work is absolutely inspiring. I am rather biased as one my favorite things are waterfalls. But really your shots are outstanding and deserve kudos as well as $$$.

  • Donna Weston

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  • Gary Rittermeyer

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  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (19 Jun 2009):

    I was taken back by the exposure of 30 seconds, wow.

  • ashton gosnell

    ashton gosnell gave props (19 Jun 2009):

    words can't describe this. AWESOME job!!

  • Rahel Stephanie

    Rahel Stephanie gave props (23 Jun 2009):


  • Hoondoon

    Hoondoon said (24 Jun 2009):

    Simply Fantastic!! Really nice photo.

  • Tj Watt

    Tj Watt said (3 Aug 2009):

    unbelievable!! Nature painting a picture

  • Danielle Griffin

    Danielle Griffin said (2 Sep 2009):

    holy freakin poop. you make me feel like the most untalented person everrrrr :[ this is amaziiiing

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (2 Sep 2009):

    This is so cool and beautiful!!!

  • Jimmy Sadler

    Jimmy Sadler said (2 Sep 2009):

    Sensational. Excellent vision and forethought. Beautiful photo.

  • Becky K

    Becky K gave props (2 Sep 2009):

    Great shot. Love the colors.

  • Latrenia Bryant

    Latrenia Bryant gave props (2 Sep 2009):

    Awesomely! Amazing!!

  • J.C. Collier

    J.C. Collier gave props (3 Sep 2009):

    Nicely done, bravo.

  • Kimberly E Johnson

    Kimberly E Johnson gave props (3 Sep 2009):

    This is an amazing shot! Love it!

  • Tarek Daouk

    Tarek Daouk said (3 Sep 2009):

    stunning !

  • Keiko Ehret

    Keiko Ehret gave props (5 Sep 2009):

    This shot is surreal! You have an amazing talent with the long exposure shots! I have not aquired that skill yet. Nice job!!!

  • Ethan Burnette

    Ethan Burnette said (5 Sep 2009):

    Oh my god, beautiful shot. Well planned.

  • Christopher H

    Christopher H said (5 Sep 2009):

    this is amazing. great flick.

  • S

    S gave props (6 Sep 2009):

    Thats awesome!

  • Duwayno Robertson

    Duwayno Robertson said (6 Sep 2009):

    great shot!

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (6 Sep 2009):

    Truly inspired!

  • DigitalOpiate

    DigitalOpiate (Deleted) gave props (7 Sep 2009):

    Nice work!

  • Stephanie Sarad

    Stephanie Sarad gave props (8 Sep 2009):

    i have a whole series of photos from here. Great capture.

  • Tatiana Zimina

    Tatiana Zimina gave props (8 Sep 2009):

    awesome shot!!!

  • Paul Jakubicki

    Paul Jakubicki said (8 Sep 2009):


  • NG

    NG gave props (17 Sep 2009):

    Great work!

  • Megan Henkel

    Megan Henkel gave props (3 Feb 2010):


  • ELoise Soriano

    ELoise Soriano gave props (8 Apr 2010):


  • rachelrobichaux

    rachelrobichaux gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    frickin awesome

  • Karen Menyhart

    Karen Menyhart gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    simply amazing! I'm not worthy!!!!

  • David Ramirez

    David Ramirez gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    Great creativity - you got it!

  • Meg Kennedy

    Meg Kennedy gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    wow! this is spectacular!

  • Jeff Ebner

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  • Marie Wengler

    Marie Wengler gave props (19 Jun 2010):

    Stunning shot!!!

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    Wow! What a cool effect!

  • aileen g

    aileen g gave props (14 May 2011):

    COOOOL !!! =)

  • Claire Crocker

    Claire Crocker gave props (11 Jun 2011):

    Fantastic! "Seeing" the possibility really paid off on this one!

  • Amanda Garrett

    Amanda Garrett (Deleted) gave props (23 Nov 2011):

    Wow! This is fantastic!

  • Heather Reid

    Heather Reid gave props (2 Feb 2012):


  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (21 Feb 2012):

    tasty treat!

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (26 Jun 2012):


  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (15 Aug 2012):

    Very cool! Thanks for providing the tech info.

  • Fa GuS

    Fa GuS (Deleted) said (25 Aug 2012):


  • Michael Asaro

    Michael Asaro   gave props (13 Jul 2014):

    Excellent image!

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