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Photographing Reflections and Adding a Touch of Color

Updated on July 20, 2016
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I enjoy photography and have been doing so professionally and independently for over 30 years.

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Here are two photography projects-reflections and a touch of color, also known as monochromatic photography, that are not difficult to accomplish and can offer a new perspective of looking at photography.

Photography as a whole is always growing and bridging new horizons specially with the advent of the digital age. Any photograph can be manipulated and altered and to the purists, this is not ethical, however photography is an alteration or rather a manipulation in and off itself.

When we take a photo we are just capturing a slice of reality and a moment in time. Almost any situation and subject lends itself to being photographed with nature being the amplest provider and what we capture in the photo is our interpretation of what we see.

So long as we don't harm what we are trying to capture in our photos, a little manipulation does no harm.

Reflections photography lends itself for bad weather photography, or rather after bad weather photography. It is also an excellent opportunity to photograph if you find yourself anywhere near water. Live in the dessert? then use mirrors or shinny surfaces.

Look for the reflections of buildings, watercraft, people, trees, flowers, the sky above. Anything that casts a reflection upon the water is fair photographic game.

Aim for a three stage photo session; the subject itself, it's reflected image and a combination of subject and its reflection. Together they begin to show a relationship, in other words, you begin telling a story through photography.

The same holds true for objects reflected upon windows or mirrors or basically any shinny object which is capable of reflecting an image.

Be creative, uses glass cups, pieces of metal, car windows, shinny painted surfaces. When using mirrors or any reflective material,take the shot at an angle unless your intention is too also be part of the photograph.

Be alert to the weather, as a rain storm can deposit plenty of rain and wherever water accumulates, a reflection is bound to be available. Moonlight reflections are very popular and often romantic. Try photographing the reflection on water of a couple when illuminated by the moon, and make sure to include the moon's reflection as well.

A touch of color. Nature offers various opportunities to photograph what seem like monochromatic scenes, such as a field of grass, wheat, the ocean, the seashore,a river bed, and crops.

City scenes are no different, there are plenty of barren landscapes in the city such as walls, isolated streets, factory sites, train tracks the list goes on. With careful attention to detail, you can most always find an object withing theses scenes that stands out because of its color variation or scheme.

However, photography does not mean that you can only photograph things that you find or are just laying there, be creative, use some props.

Take a red rose, place it in the sand and voila! you have a touch of color instance. A red balloon among a bunch of same color balloons is always a winner. Remember that monochromatic does not mean gray or black or a muted color, it just mean same color. Look for whatever stands out in a crowd.

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    • d.william profile image

      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Excellent and informative. You have given me many new ideas to experiment with my new camera. Thanks. dw

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      BrightMeadow 6 years ago from a room of one's own

      Very interesting and informative.