Lotus Bud

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It’s sort of a wild garden – a preserve devoted to Asian flora, and there is a very small lotus pond in a beautiful little hidden dell. By the time the flowers open, midday, they are in full sun, but this bud was still in dappled shade from trees overhead. Canon 5D4, 100-400 + 1.4X at 368mm, ISO 100, 1/5 sec at f/16. Tripod. Minimal tonal adjustments in LR, the edge of a BG leaf removed on the left in PS. Frustratingly there is only one very small area to stand, limiting compositional possibilities, but it worked out well here.

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Diane: I absolutely love this kind of lighting and result. The drops on the bud are icing on a very nice cake. Many kudos. :+1: :+1:>=))>

Thanks Bill! I got a picture of the open flower two days later – I’ll post it soon.

Gorgeous. I like the fact that there is a slight shadow from the bud and the detail is marvelous.

Diane, I really love this image. I agree with what both Bill and Kathy said. I also like the way the back leaf seems to cradle around the bud, as if protecting it. Very nice.

Thanks everyone! It was a delight to find this!

Very nice composition and presentation. I like the subtle shadows and how they give depth to the image. The dew drops bring it to a new level.