ECHO PARK — Photos of this year’s crop of Echo Park Lake lotus blooms are beginning to pop up on Instagram and Facebook. But, in addition to bringing along tripods and and zoom lenses, some photographers are bringing extra equipment and taking unusual steps to help capture shots of this year’s pink and cream-colored blooms. On a recent visit to the lotus bed in the northwest corner of the Lake, the L.A. Weekly Reports:“On Friday morning a veritable field of lotus flowers and blossoms wavered in a light breeze. A dozen nature photographers were gathered there pointing cameras. One man extended poles into the water to position a flower. Another used spray bottles to create the illusion of early morning dew.”
If you don’t want to stage your lotus shots with the help of sticks and spray bottles, here are some lotus photo taking tips from the Cannon Club of Hong Kong:
- Use a telephoto lens with focal lengths of 200mm or longer and a wide aperture for a classic shot of a brightly colored flower set amid a blurry background of green leaves.
- Don’t just take pictures of the flowers in full bloom. The different stages of the flowers — from when the petals are clasped shut in the late afternoon as well as the seed pods — also make for beautiful shots.
- In addition to focusing on the lotus flowers and leaves, include dewdrops, dragon flies and other insects “will add a sense of vitality to your photos.”
The lotus blooms usually peak in the summer heat of July but it looks like they are off to an early start this year. So, grab those cameras and phones and head to the lake for this year’s shot.
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