Creating reflections is one of the amazing things that you can do to spice up a rather boring scene. However, taking dramatic photos with reflections can prove to be rather hard than you first thought. In photography, reflections come in forms and guises and can be explored on easily available things. Reflections can be achieved through glasses, water or any shiny and reflective surface. You can take dramatic landscape shots to detailed macro compositions using these mediums.
Some basic things to remember when shooting for reflections:
- Depth of field: Try to use a high f-stop such as f/11 or higher. This will level out the subjects of the shot so the eye perceives them in closer relation, enhancing the reflection effect.
- Focus: Try focusing on the subject, then trying focusing on the reflection. This should produce slightly varied results and your preference will depend on how much attention you want to draw to the reflection.
- Angle: Think about the angle of the light and how it affect the reflection. In a studio setting you can manipulate this to emphasise the reflection, but in a natural setting you may want to explore different viewpoints to find the angle at which the reflection is most visible.
For inspiration, we pooled together a total of 25 excellent examples of photographs that make use of reflections to add drama. To appreciate these photos more, checkout the original version in higher resolutions from the author’s page. Simply click the preview image to go to the author’s page. The photos included in this roundup are just low-resolution versions. Copyright of these photos remained that of the authors.
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01-London Bridge (Tower Bridge) : Reflection on the River Thames by Anirudh Koul
London’s Tower Bridge taken from the North Bank of River Thames at the crack of dawn.
02-Harrison Hot Springs by TaylorMcBride
This is a fake reflection created using Adobe Photoshop CS4.
03-Reflection by The96th
04-Tahoe Shoreline reflection by mrgo1
Tahoe Shoreline reflection on a very still day in January
05-Puddle Reflection by ~Mustardplz
Rainy day reflection in a puddle.
06-Reflected Beauty by Chris Gin
Taken at Kelland Ponds, just south of Twizel.
07-Battersea Power Station London by vulture labs
08-Ottawa River by Stuart Williams
09-Where’d the sun go? by Matthew Stewart
This was taken at a new spot in Thornside, QLD
10-Reflection Bank by *Linkineos
11-Reflection by ~UFOGlassHens
12-Parliament House, Canberra by Sam Ilic
13-National Carillon In Canberra by Sam Ilic
The National Carillon, situated on Aspen Island in central Canberra, Australia is a large carillon managed and maintained by the National Capital Authority on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia.
14-Heron Reflection by =chik1117
Great Blue Heron taken at the Colonial Park, Somerset, New Jersey.
15-Reflection by soenars-photoworks
16-Reflection by ~Ferretsrule700
Can you guess where she is just by looking at her glasses reflection?
17-A Reflection of A Reflection by ~raun
18-Reflection by ~messofmemoriesxX
19-A Day for Reflection – Day 41 by *escaped-emotions
A day for reflection and a moment of rest.
20-Porsche 2L7 Carrera – Reflection by ~alexisgoure
21-Reflection by ~Cherizz
A reflection of an old grandma walking on the pedestrian on a cloudy day.
22-White’s Reflection by ~collectiveone
A colorful sunrise after a storm at Farmers Pond, near Bishop, California.
23- Reflection drop by ~dini25
24- The Reflection by ~Kawakei
25- Reflection by ~sculpted1
You don’t know what you got till its gone Dolphin.