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They’re Back: The Echo Park Lake lotus blooms and the people who love to photograph them

Echo Park  —  They come with professional-grade equipment and cannon-like lenses, scouting for the perfect spot to set up their sturdy tripods. Or they lean over and stretch their arms out as far as they can, holding their phones to take just the right shot. Welcome to the Echo Park Lake lotus bed, where the northwest corner of the park is brimming with exotic blooms and photographers capturing images of what has become the symbol of Echo Park.

This year’s lotus bed and blooms seem a little sparse compared to previous years. No matter. The photographers still come to snap away, squatting and stretching for the right image.

The 38th Annual Lotus Festival is this weekend. But there’s no need to wait. Just grab your camera or phone and go before the crowds descend on the park.

The Cannon Club of Hong Kong offers these tips for lotus flower shots:

  • 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 Squat

The Lotus Stretch

Lotus Staging: Using a stick to hold a lotus bloom in place

The Lotus Selfie

A close up on those blooms

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