There are certain places on the Delmarva Peninsula(Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) photographers visit every year. It doesn’t matter whether we already “think” we got the perfect shot last year: we are still going to try and get a “more perfect” shot this year. To name a few… Cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin in DC each spring for a short 10 days; Ocean City in Maryland all summer long; Conwingo Dam for bald eagles fishing in the winter: for me, Colonial Williamsburg anytime and Kenilworth Gardens in DC for a month plus of lotus blooms.
As a photographer we need to know these dates or we will blink, and the opportunity will pass us by for another year. This year I took a seminar at Kenilworth to learn how to better capture these magnificent flowers.
The day was hot, even at 6:30 am. They were having the annual Lotus Blossom Festival-bad timing for us, the grounds were muddy and crawling with lots of tourists and it rained for a better part of the shoot. I usually go at 7 am on a week day as there are a few photographers but no tourists. Don’t get me wrong. I love tourists. They feed our local economy, but they also get in the way when I am shooting-no matter how far I remove myself from them.
Well, I did learn a few things especially about framing flowers. KI’s favorite is the single drop on the leaf. She finds that most compelling.
I really like the dying lotus with the bees knees. The bee is not in focus, but we still get to see it “doing its thing”. The composition to me says this is what we mean by life cycle. With the light rain, I was also able to capture raindrops on the flowers. This made capturing a lily pad or flower petal more appealing.
Let me know what you think, and here is the link to last year’s Lotus captures. There are more Lotus blooms under the ‘Recent Photos” tab above. Please take a look at those too.
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