|Reflections and Mist by J. Binford-Bell|
I have done a lot of reflective work this year. To do reflections takes practice. And it also takes getting up at the crack of dawn. If the golden hours of photography are those closest to dawn and sunset that goes double for reflections. And here in the mountains the water is going to be the smoothest early in the morning. And you need to find a pond or body of water with an interesting landscape around it. I frankly like ones with aspens because the white trunks show up very well even through a morning mist.
After the leaves are gone by J. Binford-Bell
And most digital photography books will tell you to include the least amount of the "real" landscape. The reflected colors are always more deep. And like on the last picture in this blog the sky is a poor second to the reflection of the sky in the water.
|Shore grass by J. Binford-Bell|
The reflection is always the opposite shore. But sometimes the detail on the near shore or what is floating in the pond can add interest to a photograph of a the reflection.
|Aspens ala Monet by J. Binford-Bell|
And sometimes the surface of the water is just too smooth and you need a ripple to add interest and make it look like something other than an upside down landscape. I patiently wait at times for my dogs to step into the water on my side of the pond.
|Ripples by Magique|
And this fall season I used the reflective quality of water to give me an interesting perspective on the Aspens which were glorious and seemingly endless.
|Double your pleasure by J. Binford-Bell|