The waterlily pond at Gibbs Gardens is a special place. There are so many varied colors and shapes to look at and each of them is beautiful. One of the challenges as well as the benefits of the way the garden is situated is how the light hits different areas. Some spots are very shady, while others are full sunlight. The areas in full sun really highlight the individual flowers but often, the highlights are too hot and the light is too harsh.
The spots that are shady tend to give you more pleasant results but the light can be difficult. In this case, the sun cooperated by putting a little spotlight on the lily blossoms while leaving the surrounding pads mostly in the dark. I like the contrast this provides and the fact that you can see lots of detail in the structure of the flower. Often, mid-afternoon is a time of day that you don’t get the best light but there are isolated spots where you can still get some great images.
Monet Waterlily Festival
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/9 – 1/20 sec – ISO 250