An ordinary person's thoughts on the complexities of art & life ...

An ordinary person's thoughts on the complexities of life ... or just ramblings from the mind of a working Mum with far too little time to think!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fascinating Reflections

People are always captivated by reflections and none more so than photographers. Using reflections in photography can produce beautiful images with stunning and artistic impact. The use of reflected light vastly improves both the quantity and quality of the available light and is an effective way to capture diffused light, usually the most sought after light in photography.

As a photographer, I have always been captivated by water. The many ways in which light plays with water, reflecting colours, accentuating textures and highlighting movement, provide endless artistic opportunities for the fine art photographer.

Along the Esplanade

Water is most reflective when the sun is low in the sky, early in the morning just after dawn, or late in the afternoon until twilight. Exploring the line where water and land meet can inspire some of the most beautiful images where the colours in the sky melt into their reflections in the water. Sometimes when water is still, it is a mirror, reflecting a perfect image of the subject. Other times, when there is movement across the water, the resulting distorted reflections have an almost surreal feel, providing the viewer with an added dimension to the image.

Where the Sky meets the Ocean

Reflections in the glass walls and windows of buildings also inspire stunning images showing two aspects of reality at the same time. I love the juxtaposition of the old and new where intricate old buildings are shown reflected in the mirrored exteriors of modern skyscrapers.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Reflections of London

Many wonderful images are possible in the most unlikely and ordinary places. It's just keeping an eye out for the extraordinary play of light on the ordinary surfaces all around us.

Reflections of Indianapolis

Pelican & Yacht sharing the Creek

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