California Juniper

© Robert Jensen

California Juniper

Uploaded: May 18, 2014 09:58:46 | Entered: May 18, 2014 09:58:46


This is a California Juniper from the Tehachapi Mountains. It is a couple hundred years old and has been cultivated as a bonsai by Kimura Bonsai in Northridge, California. I replaced the background with a texture from French Kiss that I applied gaussian blur to. I then rendered it into an oil painting using Snap Art 4.

As you can see in the image, you cannot see the back side/rim of the bonsai container. When I was at a bonsai exhibit in Los Angeles (Little Tokyo), one of the Japanese bonsai experts told me that that is the proper way to photograph them. I had no idea and was glad that he told me that before I started taking any pictures. Many people photograph these beautiful trees from a higher position, and he told me that angle did not produce the proper viewing of the trees. Now I understand why so many of the viewers were bending down low to look at them.

Exif: F Number: 13, Exposure Bias Value: 1.00, ExposureTime: 1/25 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 33.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II


Mitch Spence level-classic May 18, 2014

The background is very nice for this old and lovely specimen, Robert. Your treatment enhances the timeless feel. #1573428

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict May 18, 2014

Outstanding image and presentation here, Robert!

Dominick #11047407

Colette M. Metcalf May 18, 2014

Love the BG! Beautiful!!! #11047528

David Resnikoff level-deluxe May 19, 2014


Wonderful image and impecable presentation

David R #11047808

Arthur Bohlmann May 19, 2014

Great editing work #11048015

June 30, 2014

Pretty and very painterly. #11074449

Emile Abbott level-deluxe June 30, 2014

Gorgeous and congrats again Robert on another wonderful finalist. #11074540

David Resnikoff level-deluxe June 30, 2014



Well deserved finalist

David R #11074689

Julianne Bradford July 01, 2014

Congrats on this golden glow Gold Robert! #11075729

Carol Eade level-addict July 01, 2014

Lovely, Robert. Congratulations! #11075868

Emile Abbott level-deluxe July 02, 2014

Congratulations again Robert on another gold winner. #11076514

JO ANN CLEVELAND July 02, 2014

Wowza! Congrats on another outstanding 2nd Place Prize Winner

jo ann c. #11076656

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic July 04, 2014

Beautiful! #11078300

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic July 06, 2014

So beautiful. Congratulations on a wonderful Second Place win. #11079695

Merna L. Nobile July 10, 2014

Amazing and inspiring, Congratulations!
Merna Nobile

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