Photographing Water Reflections
Reflections can add a wonderful compositional element to your photography, and nothing gives you better reflections than water. By incorporating reflections in your photos, you can use it’s repetitive quality to accentuate your main subjects, your secondary subjects or the even the direction or color of the light.
You can also use reflections to help guide our viewer around the frame. Also, water that’s moving from wind or wave action can distort your subject matter, which can add yet another unique visual effect to your images.
Here are a few examples of how you can make use of reflections in your landscape and outdoor photography. We hope this inspires you to get out there and experiment with some new techniques!
In this example below, we’re not able to discern much detail in the reflection, but it adds a powerful shape to the composition.
Here’s a similar style of juxtaposing the right-side-up foreground with the upside-down reflection in the background. However, this time, the reflection is a much more prominent element in the picture.
Sometimes the reflection can help define the shape of your main subjects.
Sometimes you can just show a tiny part of the actual subject, and sometimes you don’t need it at all.
Water can reflect the warm light of sunset, adding even more drama and contrast to the photo.
Reflections work great at night. Not only do they add interest, they bring more light into the shot, which means you have much breathing space in your image.
Similar subject matter, yet two very different photographs.
Ok, your turn. Now go out and practice!!