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Waikiki Sky Mirror
Landscape Photos can Look Up to the Sky for Ideas
Landscape photos are the backbone of every vacation portfolio. Pictures by the pool, on the beach, in the forest, on the road. They are usually taken on sunny days; your family in the back yard or on vacation. The universal truth of these moments return when you view them, the great day that was and how lovely the weather was. You feel better under a beautiful sky. What if you could capture that sky as a subject all by itself? Ever wonder how the world would look if the sky became the ground? We only see this in nature over water, when the reflection of the sky on the ocean gives it color, from turquoise to green to angry grey. Tropical skies or storm clouds can be extremely dramatic and, of course, sunsets over water create opportunities for the ultimate travel photo. Now, with the latest magic from digital cameras, you can use the reflecting sky in any landscape and create some dramatic and unusual images as the ground disappears; replaced by the glorious sky above.
Use the Reflecting Sky to your Advantage
Using the reflecting sky can turn ho-hum landscape photos into something remarkable. The sky is always brighter than the earth (except over water where the reflection is a natural phenomenon). Landscape photos of water and sky are classic subjects for photographers, requiring little more than patience and an eye for composition. Nature does the rest.
However, adding a little technology into the mix ramps up the opportunities to display nature in a new light of the reflecting sky. How many times have you seen a great cloudy sky but happen to be travelling in a soul-erasing mini-mall car park? Most of our daily life (unless you are extremely lucky) occurs in dreary, mundane settings. Now, with your mirror setting on your digital camera, you can elevate the lens to the sky and capture the moment in glorious reflection.
Hotels in the Clouds
Bare Tree Branches Spread across the Sky
Example of a Sunset Reflecting
Of course, this concept is difficult to imagine without a before and after example so here is a typical Waikiki Sunset from my personal collection to illustrate and contrast the natural vs. the digitally-enhanced reflecting sky on display all around us, all the time. You can see the dull ocean below the setting sun, but why not remove it altogether? You can move your camera up to capture more sky and less water, but if you want to keep the horizon in the center of the photo, why not take the best from above and mirror it below? Now that is a perfect reflection of a setting sun on a glassy, calm "water". Not real life, of course. But a reflecting sky effect can be fun.
Typical Waikiki Sunset
Waikiki sunset with reflecting sky
Going beyond the Reflecting Sky
Of course, the mirror effect can be used anywhere, not just on the sky above. Here are a few examples of everyday objects around my house that I reflected just for the fun of it.
A Fractal Evergreen Bush
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