Monday, February 20, 2012
Reflections In Nature
Still water provides the nature photographer with great opportunities to make gorgeous images
Reflections can be found on many different surfaces. Glass buildings, mirrors, mylar, chrome bumpers, and puddles to name a few. All provide the opportunity to produce creative images. Some provide smooth and uninterrupted surfaces while others add a rippled texture with variations of the reflected effect. In the natural world, the diversity of mirrored surfaces isn’t as vast narrowing the amount of photographic opportunities. Nature photographers often rely on still water for the effect. This mandates no wind. Early mornings and late evenings are the best times to find this condition. A bonus is the light at this time of day is warm and directional.
Animals are great subjects to photograph with their reflections. If you’re just getting into wildlife photography, it’s a great way to “cheat” not having to buy a super telephoto. Including both the animal and its reflection, in effect you’re doubling the size of your subject so you don’t need as long a lens to fill the frame. Key to creating successful compositions is to not cut off any part of the animal’s mirrored image. This is one of the reasons why I’m a proponent of zoom lenses as it’s easy to tighten or loosen up the composition. Whenever I see a published image of an animal with an awkward crop, my immediate thought is the photographer had a fixed focal length lens and as a result, had to amputate part of the subject.
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