July 2012



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Red Water Lily


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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.