Red Water lily 1
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It's hard to believe, but the water lily above actually looked like that. I was at The Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, making my normal photographic rounds when I saw this aging water lily tucked away in a dark area in one of the lotus ponds. It looked kind of interesting and there wasn't really a whole lot else to shoot so I captured a few images at a couple angles.
At first, I thought of this image as just another water lily close-up photo. But on further inspection in post processing, I noticed the extreme detail captured by the 16 MP DSLR and high quality telephoto zoom lens. I highly doubt that the water lily would have looked like this with a lower resolution DSLR and lens. Typically, this image would be a throw-away with lesser equipment.
I shoot with several different DSLRs and lenses and 99% of the time, equipment doesn't make that much of a difference. However, in this case, equipment made all the difference. I would not have guessed that this type of photography would benefit so much from higher resolution equipment. Typically, a higher resolution DSLR merely allows the photographer to print larger images. Now I know that this is not entirely true.
The above image shot was taken with a cropped frame, 16 MP DSLR with 200-400 F4.0 zoom lens on carbon fiber tripod.