This photo of a Japanese Maple Tree was shot in Portland, Oregon. The Japanese Garden in Portland is considered to be one of the authentic Japanese Gardens in the world. During the fall season, this tiny tree is the star of the place with its brilliant red colored leaves. Hundred of photographers make their way, see and photograph it during the autumn season.
The photo was taken in the afternoon as the sun was closing in to the horizon, yet good enough for a backlight capture. As soon as I was able to position myself, I dialed the aperture to the smallest opening and fired several frames.
The backlight glow on the leaves and the sunstar effect was captivating. It was the image I had in my mind, and I am glad I nailed it!