Using Reflections

Reflections can add greatly to any photograph. There is something striking about reflections, they add depth, color, scale, texture and sort of pull you into the image.
AndyPorter_Shuksan_Landscape Mount Shuksan
cypress 3em Cypress Island

One item you’ll need to capture reflections is a polarizer. Try to position yourself at a 45 degree to the light for best results and as you rotate the polarizer you’ll see the reflection pop out. Be prepared to get low, maybe on your belly to get the shot!

Pond along Reiter Road Pond along Reiter Road
boat 6 Boats along Samish Bay

I am always on the hunt for any size body of water.
Sequim Balloon Festival Balloon reflected in a artificial “pond”
sunset through an open window Sunset Through an Open Window

Small puddles work great!
LB reflection 3m2 Liberty Bell from Washington Pass Overlook along the North Cascades Highway

The water does not have to be clear!
reds reflected em Tulips Reflected
sunset 1 Mud Puddle Reflection

Even wet surfaces can create wonderful reflections.
poa 17em Reflections in Sand

Everytime you see any standing water, try for a reflection!
Amphitheater Mountain Reflected Cathedral Peak, Pasayten Wilderness 3em Amphitheater Mountain Reflected, Pasayten Wilderness

ship em Squalicum Bay

sunset water Sunset and Muddy Water

2 thoughts on “Using Reflections

  1. ok now you have me off on a tromp to attempt to comprehend ‘polarizer’ and if I can get it for my Sigma SD10(not successful yet) BUT!!! I have located camera bodies!!! I might need one of these for fixing bits and to be able to continue using the lenses that were given to me with the first camera!! The camera shop mentioned it to me, and the last time I looked, doing any of it was waaaaaay out of my ability to purchase. It’s getting closer now!! any direction as to what and how to for polarizer would be appreciated if it doesn’t take too much of your time please.

    • Hi Elisa,
      The simplest (and cheapest!) type of polarizer is called a circular polarizer. It is a filter that screws on the end of your lens.
      The polarizer is unique in lenses in that it has TWO pieces of glass in it. The outer glass rotates to handle the refraction of light.
      When you buy one it must fit your lens, just check the diameter of the lens (72mm, 55mm, 62mm, or what ever it says) and that’s what you need. If you have several lenses try getting the polarizer for your shorter lenses first!
      A polarizer is not only for reflections, it is magic for skies with clouds and generally makes colors richer! You will LOVE it!

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