Looking at reflections


Regular readers will know that I am attracted to reflections generally and I have blogged on this topic a couple of times over the years.  I have taken quite a few photos since the last blog however nothing has really struck me as a blog until I looked over some images from the past couple of months with a different eye.

House and boat

Taken on the mill stream beside the River Dart in Totnes I was attracted by the clarity of the reflection and also the fact that the reflection had an illusive quality too.  When I can “see” a good reflection they strike me as amazingly obvious however I am sure I pass a few without noticing them.  As with the majority of my images this has not been manipulated in any way other than flipping it.

Teasing the eye

The image above was one that generated quite a lot of discussion at my exhibition at the start of April 2013. Taken in the same area as the one above but on a very different day I knew what I took it exactly what I was going to do with it. There were people who saw it who either didn’t “see the idea” it or didn’t like it. However it made quite a lot of people smile which is no bad thing. For some the brain attempts to process the image from the basic clues. Sky, houses and a tree… and then realises that the boat is all wrong and recalibrates. Once again the image is simply flipped and not processed in any other way.

At the edge of the harbour

I was in Barcelona for a short break recently. The camera came with me as usual however most of the images were more tourist ones than anything much else and there are plenty of images of the key sites there around already. I have put a few on my facebook page if anyone wants to take a look however some were taken more playfully. Wandering around the dock area one day we came across a very modern shopping centre which did little for me. Wandering outside I looked up and realised it did have a redeeming feature. The upper part of the fascia was set at an angle and covered with mirrored panels. The effect of looking up to see what was below appealed.

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The above image was also taken there. I like the somewhat disjointed nature of the reflections giving a slightly incomplete view of what is there. I did take a quite a few and most came out fairly well. The image above is taken as a 1:1 ratio picture as opposed to the normal camera aspect rationthese days – so it is effectively a square plate format. The Panasonic camera has this setting as an option and I am finding the look a useful/interesting one in some settings and situations. I’d be fairly sure I’ll blog something on reflections again in the future too.