On Reflections

Reflections can add a dash of color and impressionism to an image. Used creatively, says Ian Plant, they can transform your photographs into something special and unique

Water is the best source for reflections. Still water can act like a mirror, producing a perfect reflection of the world around you. Moving water produces a more indistinct reflection, often nothing more than a surreal blur of color. The intensity of the reflection is dependent on the water’s clarity, depth, and turbulence. A shallow pool of clear rainwater, for example, will reflect better than a deep and choppy lake.

Other surfaces besides water reflect light, including clouds, rocks, ice, snow, and even foliage. These surfaces are less reflective than water, so they won’t reflect an image, but they will …

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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