Saturday, April 24, 2010

Reflections ~ SUV

So many materials reflect in unusual ways. Take the time to explore the more unusual surfaces that bend, twist and distort the obvious into abstract patterns and shapes. Besides traditional reflections offered by mirrors and windows, look for water, chrome, gazing balls, shiny paint, wine glasses, chrome, etc.
This image was seen in the back of a dark colored SUV parked on the street in Toronto, Canada. I stopped to photograph it because the curves of the reflected buildings looked like they had been painted on the rear window with one sweep of the wiper blade.
(Canon EOS 1D Mark II N, Canon 24-105mm lens at 95mm, 1/50 @ f 8.0)

In addition to this week's featured image, I would like to share this link with you to view a book I recently created. It features many of my favorite images made on my recent trip to South Africa and Namibia. The book can be viewed by clicking HERE. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Reflections ~ Silver Spoons

During this past week, I revisited my collection of reflection photographs in order to continue illustrating just how fascinating reflections can be. While pondering which reflection to feature this week, I received an image from my daughter, Maureen, who is studying photography at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.
("The apple doesn't fall far from the tree...")
Her assignment this week was 'self portraits.' Photographing yourself often utlizes the use of reflections since it is quite difficult to be on both sides of the camera at the same time! The image she sent to me (Entitled: "Born With a Silver Spoon") is so creative, my decision was made immediately to share HER reflection image with you this week. Be sure to enlarge the image by clicking on it to see how each spoon reflects her likeness.
(Canon EOS D40, Canon 75-100mm EF IS lens at 160mm, 1.6 seconds @ f16)

To enjoy more of Maureen's creative eye, please visit Maureen's Flickr Page: MokeSDoke's photostream

and her web site:

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mind Games ~ Reflections

My favorite reflection images are the ones that make a viewer pause to figure out what they are really seeing. You know the ones: the ones that play with your mind, the ones you think have been played with in Photoshop ©, but realize they were made in the camera…
This reflection image was made in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. We were photographing one of the small churches in the park when I found this composition. I first noticed the the cemetery's reflection in a window on the shaded side of the church. The old rippled glass distorted the reflected shapes into interesting designs. Because it was such a bright day, the windows on the opposite side of the church were visible through the church window I had chosen to photograph.
I purposely framed the bright window beyond in one of the window panes. Study the image carefully. (clicking on the image will enlarge it) You can see the pews inside the church as well as the grave stones outside. Check out the swirled patterns of the tree branches in the window’s upper left pane. You can also see tree trunks framed in the bright window beyond. Are they beyond the window? Or they really behind the camera reflected in the glass in front of it?
Made you pause and look, didn’t I? ;-)
(Canon 1D Mark II N w/24-105mm lens, 1/10 sec @ f 20)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Royal Ontario Museum- Reflections

Reflections are fascinating to me and I look for them wherever I go. I am amazed how many different and unexpected surfaces reflect in such interesting ways. This image was made at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada. I was photographing the architecture of the building when I noticed a smooth stone bench in front. Crouching down low and moving side to side while tipping the camera forward and back, I was able to see unlimited patterns of the building's angles reflected in the polished bench. I set my canon 1D Mark IIN equipped with my 16-35mm lens at 16 mm to take in the entire scene of reflected patterns. I was busily making images of the interesting patterns I had discovered when I saw a mother and her daughter in brightly colored jackets exiting the museum. I changed the position of my camera and waited until they entered an optimal place in the frame and pressed the shutter. Their presence in the frame added color and interest to the scene and turned out to be one of my favorite shots from my vantage point.