Water Reflections

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Water Reflections,” and readers sent in a wide variety of images ranging from abstract to actual, with every shot showing the magical quality that happens when water and light interact. Often, images of reflections display the border between the real and the fanciful, and as the wind blows those borders become even less defined. In all, the images are a celebration of light and the fluid nature of perception. (Note: You have the option to view this page upside down as well, as many of the shots take on a whole other meaning when viewed that way.)

Greenland Fjord
Many images displayed a “doubling effect,” as did this photo by Barbara Motter. She wrote: “An artist friend says the sign of a great abstract painting is when you can turn the picture in every direction and find something exciting and pleasing when you view it.” We did, and enjoyed every direction. Motter used a Canon EOS 7D and a Tamron 10-24mm lens and exposed at f/11 at 1/250 sec at ISO 400.
© Barbara Motter

Red Chimney In A Pond
Emilio Fernandez wrote, “I love the painterly character of this image; you can see in it wherever your imagination takes you.” He photographed with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a Tamron 28-300mm lens with an exposure of f/11 at 1/30 sec at ISO 800.
© Emilio Fernandez

Adirondack Reflections
The pond is colorless without the autumn leaves of the forest around it; with them it’s ablaze with color and light. Kathryn McConnell Greven made this photo with an exposure of f/14 at 1 second. No gear info was supplied.
© Kathryn McConnell Greven

Sunset, Cranberry Lake, WA
The slight ripple in the surface of the water causes a touch of abstraction to the figures fishing on the pier in this photo by Arlene Cook. Exposure with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i and a Canon 18-135mm IS lens with a Sunpak Grad ND filter was f/5.6 at 1/100 sec.
© Arlene Cook

Light And Dark
This mysterious image was made by Ronald Gibson in Black Moshannon State Park, Pennsylvania, with a Nikon D90 and an exposure of f/3.4 at 1/120 sec.
© Ronald Gibson

Water Comets
This outer space abstraction was made on the surface of Crescent Lake, New Hampshire, by Robert L. Payne with a Canon EOS Rebel XSi and a Canon 55-250mm IS lens.
© Robert L. Payne

Duck In Flight
Every point of view of this bird in flight over water in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, was captured by Patrick Lynch with a Nikon D80 and a Tamron 18-270mm lens with an exposure of f/11 at 1/500 sec, handheld.
© Patrick Lynch

Cathy L. Thorsell caught this idyllic moment over a lake in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, with a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V1 with an exposure of f/4 at 1/250 sec.
© Cathy L. Thorsell

Canal Reflection
Carla Waller made this photo on the island of Burano, Italy, with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a Canon 24-105mm IS lens. Exposure was f/5.6 at 1/160 sec.
© Carla Waller

Couple On A Pier
Buz Miller caught this reflective moment in New Lebanon, Ohio, with a Nikon D80 and a Tamron 28-300mm lens.
© Buz Miller

McCallum Pond
This study in color and line was made by Kitty Greene with a Nikon D700 and a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens mounted on a Manfrotto tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 head. Exposure was f/16 at 1/13 sec.
© Kitty Greene

Bubble Lake
One of the most intense photos we received was made by Beverly Hanson at Bubble Lake, Acadia National Park, Maine, with a Nikon D200 and an 18-200mm Nikkor lens.
© Beverly Hanson

Venice Bridge
This painterly reflection was photographed by Darryl Patrick with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT and an 18-250mm Canon lens.
© Darryl Patrick

Urban Reflection
You can find colorful reflections anywhere, even on the streets of Savannah, Georgia. Dick Bjornseth made this photo with a Pentax K20D and a 50mm lens with an exposure of f/5.6 at 1/30 sec.
© Dick Bjornseth

Waterfront Walk
Arni Cheatham found these abstract reflections of a huge ship’s hull along Boston’s waterfront. He made the photo with a Canon EOS 20D and a Canon 28-135mm IS lens with an exposure of f/5.6 at 1/640 sec.
© Arni Cheatham

Picture This! – Our Next Assignment
Urban Art

Not all artwork hangs in galleries and museums. The streets of our towns and cities have been graced with murals, some pristine and some serving as a base for other artistic “contributions.” We’re not looking for graffiti, but for “found art” that is both intentional and accidental, and that in many cases adds to the visual feast found all around us. So, hit the streets and find those posters, paintings, and collages that help relieve the often bland concrete, steel, and glass chasms of the modern city, or those doing the same in your own hometown.

This photo was made with a Nikon FM2 and a 28mm Nikkor lens on Fujichrome Sensia 100 film. Exposure was not recorded but a best guess is f/11 at 1/60 sec.
© George Schaub

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LOL! I have never seen such beautiful pics of water reflections. I'm trying to make a good photo of reflection since a couple of years and I have never made such a piece of art. It would be nice if you post a "how-to" guide on taking such a good images.

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