Photographing Lotus Blossom Flowers

As an active, working photographer I’ve made it a practice to stay involved with many of the local camera/photo clubs in my area.  In 2014-2015 I lived in Albuquerque, NM and joined the Eloquent Images Camera Club.  This group was great about getting out (almost weekly) on field trips to practice our craft.  It’s through that alliance I was invited to and introduced to this beautiful Lotus Blossom garden on the edge of the Rio Grande in Albuquerque.  The garden is in a resort called Los Poblanos, a place I highly recommend if you need a place to stay and relax in while in Albuquerque.


The lotus flower represents one symbol of fortune in Buddhism. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.  Its second meaning, which is related to the first is purification. It resembles the purifying of the spirit which is born into murkiness. The third meaning refers to faithfulness. Those who are working to rise above the muddy waters will need to be faithful followers.

To me, it all meant beautiful photographs!  Which is a very spiritual thing to me!

I began the shoot at about 8am on a (unusually) VERY cloudy day!  YES!  Thank you God! The clouds were a perfect diffuser of the typically harsh New Mexico summer light. I even experienced a few rain drops during the shoot.

Now, before I go further I should note that Los Poblanos is an operating hotel/inn/conference center.  You can't just drive in and expect to set up shop for photographs.  I was there via special permission and invitation.

Because of the diffused light and barriers which prevented almost all but the slightest puff of a breeze, we had almost perfect shooting conditions....except the mosquitoes!  I'm still scratching!

My shooting set up was predominately my Canon 5DS R with a 100-400mm lens mounted on a tripod.  For a few shots I tried to use a diffused flash to see if it would bring out anything more, but quickly decided that the change in white balance values were not worth it.  The shots were coming out great as it was.

One technique I was focusing on was a technique called "Focus Stacking".  Essentially I took the same framed image but used different focus points of the image.  I then taken those in to Photoshop to create a much crisper and sharper image.  Hope you like them!  The images are available for viewing and purchase here.