I shot this in a resort which had a large-ish pond. Had to use a 200mm, luckily had a monopod with me and I think the sharpness is acceptable.
I composed this to include the lotus and the buds in it's different stages. Non-essential elements were darkened so as to be excluded. Overall, I wanted to depict the whole cycle of life with the lotus at the peak of it's radiant glory.
Please help to critique in the following areas:
1. Does the composition work by including the lotus buds? As in, did it help to reinforce the image and the story?
2. Could the post-processing be done any better?
3. Any other relevant advice would be appreciated?