Thanks for taking the time to write, guys -- and especially for describing your reactions (well, except for you, Griffin, but capitals count for a lot).
Like you, I take a lot of pictures and, also probably like you, I go through them and think, "Yeah, ok, hmmm, not bad, dreck, keeper." But I must admit that the lotus popped off the screen. Even after converting from RAW, you don't really know how dramatic a shot will look until you auto-level or set the black and white points. Some shots just sit there, saying, "Why did you bother?" while others just leap out at you. For me, this was a leaper.
Because of the sun or or foliage or custom white balance or something in the Bali air, I'm getting a lot of light green complementing the whites. I like the look, so I've left it. When I convert to grayscale, most of the shots drop back into the humdrum category.
Here's a young lotus that will blossom in another day or two (nothing spectacular; just something for comparison)...
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