Reflections in water are often prettier than what is being reflected. Does that make sense?
From a late afternoon visit to Watson Lake.
Spotted at Watson Lake
Eagle River, Alaska reflections
My little AAUW photo group is meeting this week, and the topic is reflections. Each month we send 4-6 photos to the leader, and then they are displayed on a large screen in a room at the library. Later they are on the website for AAUW Prescott. I got a few photos together for the topic, but also decided to do some still life photography emphasizing reflections.
Here’s one with my baby cup! I tried to shine it up, but ended up having to rely on the dining room table for the reflection.
Autumn captured in late afternoon reflections
This little pumpkin just didn’t want to sit up straight! In other photos I ended up putting my lens cap under one side.
Snowy rocks and their reflections at Willow Lake a couple weeks ago during the last snowstorm:
A peaceful scene from Lynx Lake
With a nod to Stranger Things (one of my most FAVORITE series from last year), here is a reflection multiple exposure from last weekend’s walk at Lynx Lake:
Another shot taken at Castle Dome
Here is another image from last week’s walk in Watson Woods. There were ducks- and I waited 15 minutes for one to swim into the orange reflection. I ended up liking this photo better- it’s all about the trees!
Like every other photographer, I’m drawn to reflections. This one caught my eye at the Eagle River Nature Center in Alaska. I loved the contrast between the bits poking above the surface of the water and the watercolor swirls beneath.
Water, water everywhere at Watson Lake!
When we were out driving around Sunday, we stopped at Watson Lake for a short while. There was some snow on the ground, but what interested me was the high water level. Areas that we could normally walk through in Watson Woods were flooded, which made for some nice reflections.
Same photo, tighter crop. . .
Another view of sunset at the Eagle River Nature Center
The beautiful and ornate Southern Pacific Building (completed in 1916) was right across from our hotel at the corner of Market and Embarcadero. This was taken through the window in Carol’s room.
This reflections in this skyscraper seemed to create a column of Japanese Kanji running down the side of the building- fascinating!
The snow of a few days ago turned into a drizzle, which created reflections of the Christmas lights at Courthouse Square last night.
One of my favorite things about photography is how much I NOTICE now! And it’s contagious- even my husband notices more. As much as I enjoy creating a still life, the most exciting part of photography for me is when I happen to catch a glimpse of beauty in the every day. Then the challenge is to somehow capture what I saw. The other day, it was this reflection of a tiny bowl on the black surface of my dad’s dental cabinet. The Edge 80 was on the camera, so that’s what I used.
I edited the photo in Lightroom, and then I took it into onOne’s Perfect Effects 8 for a couple finishing touches. I realized recently that I have never really MASTERED this great program (and now there’s a newer version!), so I’ve been playing with it more lately. I’ve even used it to add textures (you can import them from your hard drive or use the ones within the program). For this image, I adjusted the color, added a bit of glow to emphasize the reflection, and then added a vignette.