April showers bring May flowers, and also create great opportunities to capture reflections! But truthfully reflections are common year round. You can find them on water, puddles, car bodies and windows, among other places. I love capturing reflections while Camera Walking, so I thought I would share a few tips.
Tip #1: Reflections can add symmetry to your photos, so take time to compose your shot to capture both the subject and the reflection.
Tip #2: When photographing reflections on water, use a higher f-stop, such as f11 or higher, to focus on more of the detail. Depending upon your subject, you can either focus on the subject, such as in this photo.
Or on the reflection itself. Both can produce interesting photos.
Tip #3: Depending upon the light, the details in the shot, and the smoothness of the water, you can get some very interesting reflections. In this photo, the color of the trees are the focal point, not the bird.
However in this photo the focus is on the bird and the reflections are secondary.
Tip#4: Another place to look for reflections is on the sides of buildings. My favorite place to capture reflections is at the Experience Music Project, a nonprofit museum in Seattle.
Tip#5: Most photographers agree that the best time to get water reflections is when the light is bright and early. There are exceptions, however, such as this shot I took during a foggy, early morning.
And the other time that is great for water reflections is at the end of the day when the light is golden.
Tip#6: You might be pleasantly surprised by the reflections you can capture in mundane places, like this little ducky on a car dashboard that I found on one of my walks.
Finally, remember to look up, down, and around you for opportunities to capture reflections while Camera Walking. It is a wonderful way to see the world. Enjoy!