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Lotus blooms are having a stronger season in Southern California this year. The main location for photographing Lotus was in Echo Park just outside downtown Los Angeles. However, 5 years ago, pollution and disease literally wiped them out. Some Lotus were being grown at the Huntington Library in San Marino in both the Lower Ponds and the new Chinese Garden. In fact, the image above was just taken at the Chinese Garden. The City of LA has completed a renovation of Echo park including the Lotus beds but I have not recently visited the park.
The image above was taken with a "high-end" telephoto zoom noted for having great "bokeh". This is the rendition of the out-of-focus parts of the image. While most modern lenses for DSLRs are sufficiently sharp with decent contrast, less expensive lenses will lack the "creamy" bokeh as seen above. Shooting with such a lens changes the photographer's perspective on images of flowers. These images demonstrate the compression effect of telephotos, but images taken with a moderate telephoto or a wide angle lens illustrate a totally different perspective.
Last month I spent over a week in Olympic National Park photographing some of the most beautiful rain forest in the world. It's pretty tough to come back home and then try to shoot local flora. Ironically, many photographers from around the world come to Southern California to shoot the flora here. It's kind of the "pasture is greener on the other side of the fence" axiom. For me, getting images like the one above really rejuvenates my interest in shooting locally. As with any other endeavor in life, it is possible to get bored with what one is doing. It's cyclical. The good news is that this boredom motivates me to pursue different approaches to keep it interesting and may include the purchase of a lens (tool) once in a while to help me achieve an outcome that would not otherwise be possible.
The image was captured with a 24 MP, cropped frame body with 120-300 F2.8 mm zoom lens at F8 on a carbon fiber tripod with ball head.