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Lotus
carpevista
Submitted by: carpevista | 1:32am, Sep 12
Los Angeles CA United States
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My Vision of Peace
The lotus is,of course, one of the symbols most closely associated with the Buddha. This emergent giant lotus bud, snuggled within the protective leaves, seemed to express the essence of perfect peace to me, as well as the exquisite fragility of new life.
I was being rowed around a manmade lake in a wobbly, bobbing rubber boat as I attempted to photograph these amazing plants in what was left of rapidly fading twilight. The plants swayed in the evening breeze, the boat refused to be still, and I was hand holding a fullsize camera with a heavy 300-mm zoom - yet, somehow, this flower and I came into cosmic, harmonic alignment for 1/50 of a second, allowing me to capture its portrait.


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Digital image taken with Canon EOS Rebel, Tamron zoom lens @ 77mm, ISO 400, 1/50 sec @ f/5. Converted to sepia, no additional manipulation other than minor adjustments to levels.

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