June and July are the months when local Sacramento photographers go crazy about the lotus flowers at the William Land Park. Although I have photographed many for the third year in a row, I am finding it difficult to pick one I would like to share. However, I do feel a little more enthusiastic about the photos I took of the lotus leaves dancing in the wind. It will be a nice addition to my leaf portfolio.
Summer is a low time for photography. Harsh light, long days, heat waves, haze, expensive gasoline, expensive lodging, crowds, fire, smoke. I long for the soft light of the autumn, the cool, clear and clean air.
Location: William Land Park, Sacramento, CA, USA;
Equipment: Nikon D750, AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm F2.8G;
Settings: 200mm, f/3.2, 1/4000”, ISO 250;
Tips: Unlike the leaves in two of my previous posts, Anatomy of a monocot leaf and Branching patterns, which were illuminated from behind with the help of a speed-light, the lotus leaf above was completely illuminated from behind by the sun. The wind was blowing on the leaves and they were dancing with it. I used a fast shutter speed to freeze their movement.