Working with reflections – part 2 – water (2)

Over here I’d like to show you some more aspects on working with water as a reflecting material.

Now first of all, even a small water droplet as such is already reflecting. If you work with macro photography, you’ll discover this pretty soon. Thus water as reflecting material is interesting in whatever size the water as such has.

One little example is here:


This was on an underground platform. Why ever there was a small pool on the platform and this one was reflecting colo(u)rs of a background wall. Within the frame we look at these colo(u)rs and wonder where they come from. The small pool suddenly becomes a colo(u)red plane/space/element and draws the attention.

Even when a water surface is not reflecting a special object as such, it can reflect light and thus show one of the characteristic elements of light – its brightness.

One example showing reflected light:


It was a bright sunny day in summer with the sun shining all over. While focusing on the leaves the background turned out to be blurred and the light of the sun, which was reflected all over on the water surface now is shown as little bright circles all over in the background of the frame.

One example showing reflected colo(u)rs of the sky:


To show colo(u)rs of the sky as such you naturally need a colo(u)red sky – over here it was a deep blue sky. Although I mainly concentrated on the pebbles under the water surface, the sky can still be seen in the bluish parts of the little waves.

In landscape water as reflecting material can be worked with creatively in many ways.

Just experiment yourselves, especially in composing the horizon line.

As can be seen here e.g.


The horizon line was placed very close to the top of the frame in order to show some dramatic within the frame and not to work with the so called Rule of Thirds. The main plane in the frame is the water surface, but it is not only an addition to the landscape, it also shows other dimensions. You can see the sky on the water surface. Thus although the horizon line is very close to the top and the “real” sky is just a little bit to be seen, there is the sky on the surface and both parts of the sky show a lot more than it could be shown composing the horizon line differently.

One final aspect for now – even when water isn’t a fluid but ice it can be used as reflecting material in many ways as well.

One example for this:


These ice floes don’t only reflect the colo(u)rs of their surrounding but also the colo(u)r of the sky, which can’t be seen as such in the frame, only indirectly in the blue colo(u)r shades.

Now have a lot of fun in experimenting with water as reflecting material yourselves and in discovering the many facilities of creating photos of all kinds.

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