lotus

Ginkgo on lotus

Ginkgo on lotus

This image is a high contrast JPEG right out of the Ricoh GR, the RAW, even with aggressive processing didn’t look as “painterly” as this so I chose this one.

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. We returned to this great garden and while my 99 year old mother is mostly experiencing it through memory (she can’t walk or see well anymore) she enjoyed being wheeled around the paths.

The many ginkgo trees were shedding enough leaves so there were dried ginkgo leaves on lots of surfaces, including lotus leaves on a small pond.

Ginkgo on lotus

This image is a RAW image out of the Ricoh GR with minimal processing except to choose a monochrome preset I built in Lightroom for these kinds of shots. Lots of great texture here and the JPEG out of camera didn’t show it.

Lotuses

Lotus

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. I’m back in Los Angeles and back at the Japanese Garden shooting “loti” (lotuses) again. Thank god it was breezy as it was hot (hotter tomorrow) but not so great for shooting spindly flowers.

The above image is a RAW file processed high contrast in Lightroom. The Ricoh GR’s high contrast JPEG blew out the faces of the petals so I went to the RAW file to get more detail there. Nice to have both files.

Lotus

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. I’m back in Los Angeles and back at the Japanese Garden shooting “loti” (lotuses) again. Thank god it was breezy as it was hot (hotter tomorrow) but not so great for shooting spindly flowers.

This lotus seed pod is the high contrast JPEG processed in the Ricoh GR. The RAW file showed more detail but less contrast and was less interesting visually. Nice to have both files to mess with.

Lotus

Lotus

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. We visited this great garden again yesterday. Even though I’m not sure what my now 99 + year old mother can see and hear there, she always wants to go. The lotuses are in bloom although I tend to like the lily pads in their decomposed state better for my kind of photography. Still, there’s nothing like a lotus flower to show off what makes a flower a flower (think sex organs).

Lotus