Reflections: A whole new photographic experience

This is possibly the most experimental photograph I have ever taken. At first glance it may not look like much, but it took a lot of effort to get an image of this candelabra reflected in a puddle.

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A candelabra reflected in a puddle. It looks like a simple photograph but that wasn’t the case at all!

I’ve tried photographing reflections numerous times but it has rarely worked (this being a rare example when I did get reasonable results). Following a thunderstorm earlier in the week, I saw this as my opportunity to try and get some pics of something reflected in a puddle.

I was inspired by something I read on the Digital Photography School website thought this candelabra would make an interesting item to photograph. Passing dog walkers and their animals didn’t make my mission any easier but I persevered.

Rather like the picture of the LEGO model I published last week, it was a case of taking a household item and putting it somewhere unusual to create an interesting pic. You don’t, after all, see cut crystal candelabras in puddles all that often do you? I can’t honestly say I am too surprised that both dog walkers and their animals wanted to know what I was up to!

Once at home I had to tinker with various settings to enhance the image. Of course it wasn’t until I had a full sized image up on my monitor that I noticed the candelabra wasn’t quite straight but c’est la vie, a lesson learned for next time.

That, I find, is the beauty of photography; I’m always learning. I can’t pretend this image is perfect but I have learned a lot about photographing reflections and I will certainly be taking many more pictures like this to improve my skills.

Even so, I find this image very tranquil. I am having a very stressful time as we prepare to move house and I find looking at  it very calming. In fact getting out without my camera I see a wonderful way to deal with stress.

Have you attempted photographing reflections? Do you have any advice or tips? If so please do leave a comment below because I’d be delighted to hear them.

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16 Comments

  1. May 27, 2018 / 7:29 am

    Hi John, I would have loved to see the looks you were getting as you were trying to get the candelabra ‘just so’ in the middle of a muddy puddle. Who cares, though? It was worth it… When I look at it I see a serpents head coming out of the water. The light catching the top of the candelabra gives it a cobra-like look ( I really should get more sleep maybe?). I like the way the reflection gives the puddle a sense of depth too… Just getting out and away from it all is perfect for handling stress.

    xx

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 28, 2018 / 8:12 am

      More sleep? Far from it, I love hearing what people see in my pictures! A fascinating interpretation. Yes, got a few odd looks and people wondering what on Earth I was doing but hey, that’s the fun of photography!

  2. May 27, 2018 / 7:44 am

    How unusual. Taking the image sounds quite stressful (I had a little chuckle to myself thinking of the looks the dog walkers were giving you) but I’m glad you find looking at it relaxing. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 28, 2018 / 8:11 am

      The only stressful bit was going to take a shot and discovering to my horror I’d left the memory card at home so had to dash back to get one!
      The dogs were mostly amusing.

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 28, 2018 / 8:10 am

      Yes, I think that would have been very amusing! I think a video would have been more amusing, you know the moment I found I didn’t have a memory card on me so had to go home and then the dog yomping over and nearly knocking over my tripod. Would have been YouTube Gold.

  3. May 27, 2018 / 9:23 am

    That is pretty awesome! I can imagine it must have been hard to do. I always want to photograph trees reflected in puddles, but they always come out really badly!
    Hope the moving stress improves soon.

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 28, 2018 / 8:09 am

      This took a few attempts Sarah. Trees can be very tricky to photograph I find. Maybe that’s hwat I should attempt next time.

  4. May 27, 2018 / 10:16 am

    When I first saw this photo I thought it was a tower in the middle of a river.

    Reflections are a tricky beast

    Have a good Sunday and thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 28, 2018 / 8:08 am

      Ahhhh, interesting comment that Darren. I’m kinda glad yuo saw somehitn gelse in teh image. Shows it has more than one perspective.

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 28, 2018 / 8:08 am

      I am going to keep working on it Fiona. I think I need to improve my skills a bit when it comes to reflections.

  5. May 27, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    You are so clever! Always trying out new things with your photographs!
    Such a great effect! I’m impressed x

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 28, 2018 / 8:07 am

      Very kind of you. Over the past year I have been totally captured by the photographic bug so I am always wanting to give new things a try.

    • John Adams
      Author
      May 28, 2018 / 8:07 am

      Thank you, I am kinda wondering if I should have chosen a different, more colourful subject but I think it works well for a first effort.