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  • Ian McNab
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    January 1, 2014 at 9:07 am #5523

    The theme for November/December is now closed.

    The theme for January 2014 is

    Reflections

    Post your images as replies to this post. (Make sure you’ve read the Guidelines first.)

    Reflections are common in our homes  and towns. This month’s challenge is to use them to create visually interesting images that tell a story or convey a mood. But ‘reflection’ also means more than what we see mirrored in a shiny surface; so we may also want to investigate the idea of ‘reflection’ more widely and creatively in our pictures. 

    So have a play with some imaginative ideas, and try a few new techniques that you don’t normally use. And, of course, have fun!

    • Robert Brown
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      January 1, 2014 at 4:50 pm #5526

      Shellduck Upending

       

    • Ian McNab
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      January 1, 2014 at 5:05 pm #5527

      Bob >>> I think you’ve used the link for the thumbnail of your image – that’s why it’s so small.

      Try going in to “edit gallery”, then “organize media” and double click the photo to open it full size; then right click on it and copy its link. That’s the one to insert in your post.

      Hope this helps.

    • Robert Brown
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      January 1, 2014 at 5:12 pm #5528

      Shellduck Upending

       

    • Ian McNab
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      January 1, 2014 at 5:14 pm #5529

      That’s it! Lovely photo, with colourful reflections, and two ducks reflecting each other’s movements!

    • Robert Brown
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      January 1, 2014 at 5:15 pm #5530

      Mallard Reflections on ice

    • Ian McNab
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      January 3, 2014 at 11:45 am #5531

      Folks >>> Bob tells me that he posted his Shellduck and Mallard photos above as examples, to get us started. (He says they were actually taken last year.)

      Bob >>> Thanks for the fine examples, which should give us all a nudge about what’s possible! (I particularly like the Mallard’s vexed expression at seeing himself pecking his own bill!)

    • meg cumming
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      January 3, 2014 at 2:05 pm #5532

      Yes always good to see Bobs work. I will submit work this year.

    • Ian McNab
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      January 3, 2014 at 4:07 pm #5533

      Multiplex

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    • Pete Robinson
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      January 4, 2014 at 11:41 am #5534

      Happy New Year folks. My new year resolution is to be more active on the forum! Thanks for kicking this off Bob. I think the subject of reflections gives us the opportunity to be quite creative. I like Bobs’ duck shots which not only show reflections but also have humour.  We need more humour. In the first shot I think it would be interesting to concentrate on just one duck and to try and reduce the  distracting background. Easier said than done. The second is a great mirror image.

      Ian, is it all done with mirrors or am I going cross eyed? Well spotted.

    • Ian McNab
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      January 4, 2014 at 5:51 pm #5535

      Peter >>> A mirror, a glazed door and two layers of double-glazed widows. A lot of reflections!

    • Ian McNab
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      January 5, 2014 at 1:01 pm #5536

      Outside-in

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    • Robert Brown
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      January 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm #5537

      Reflections from Kitchen worktop

       

    • Robert Brown
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      January 7, 2014 at 4:02 pm #5538

      Ian.

      Great images, Have you been watching Dynamo the magician on Watch TV. you have me puzzled. I will have to learn how to do a smiley face. The first image made me smile.

      Bob.

    • Ian McNab
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      January 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm #5539

      Thanks, Bob, glad you liked them. To make smiley face, type colon followed by right parenthesis; wink is semi-colon followed by right parenthesis;

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      😉

      They just look like the punctuation marks when you type them, but when you press ‘Submt’, the software turns them into little pictures.

       

       

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    • Pete Robinson
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      January 7, 2014 at 8:02 pm #5541

      Two interesting photographs there Ian. I like the first one best. Looks like you’ve got a good view from your window. The out of focus lamp adds interest with the different types of light, but I think I would have cropped out the light in the top left. I think in the second shot all the elements could have made a subject by themselves. I think I would have concentrated on the bowl of fruit and its reflection. I’ll have to get my third eye working!

    • Ian McNab
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      January 7, 2014 at 8:28 pm #5542

      Thanks for the comments, Peter. The photo with the bowl of fruit is Bob’s, not mine.

      In my picture, I included the lamp at top left, as it’s a street lamp, which I hoped would add to the ambiguity about whether we’re inside or outside. But I take your point.

       

    • Pete Robinson
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      January 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm #5554

      I’ve been busy this week looking for reflections and found a few near where I work and took a few still lifes. Here goes!







    • Ian McNab
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      January 11, 2014 at 9:05 pm #5555

      Great set, Peter. I particularly like the two forks and a spoon – very creative, and visually intriguing.

    • Ian McNab
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      January 12, 2014 at 1:59 pm #5556

      Moon and chimney

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      Watery Forest

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      Chocolate Box 1

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      Chocolate Box 2

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      Vapour trails in the canal

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    • Pete Robinson
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      January 12, 2014 at 7:50 pm #5557

      Thanks for your comments Ian. Good to see your reflections as well. I often wonder when taking reflections in water whether to include the original subject or just the reflection. I suppose it depend on the subject. Sometimes I feel that the reflection is too identical to the original and needs distorting in some way. For example I may throw a pebble into water to make the reflection more interesting. That’s a clever shot of the moon popping out of the barge’s chimney. Have you tried inverting it? I just wondered why you chose to turn the watery forest monochrome. Were the colours too distracting?  The Chocolate photos have the feel good factor and make me want to get out. I think a boat would have finished them off. I like the vapour trail with the  canal edge as a reference, but I find the tree top reflect on the top left distracting. This topic is getting me thinking.

    • Ian McNab
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      January 12, 2014 at 11:08 pm #5558

      Thanks for the thoughtful comments, Peter.

      I did think about inverting the ‘Moon and Chimney’ photo, but decided against it because there wouldn’t have been much contextual information to indicate it was a reflection.

      And when I was doing the ‘Watery Forest’ I frantically searched for a stone to create ripples, but simply couldn’t find one on the canal bank! The photo is BW because the low-contrast brown and green of the trees was too similar in hue to the greeny-brown canal water; monochrome removed the problem of the colour, and I just enhanced the contrast.

      The Trent and Mersey canal is still closed above Middlewich, so there weren’t any boats on the cut to pose in my bridge shot. And I did toy with cropping the vapour trails picture to remove the top left reflection of the tree, but decided against it for two reasons: changing the crop would have spoilt the geometrical relationship of the diagonal vapour trail to the frame (I suppose I could have cloned it out, but that feels like cheating! 😉 ); and it would have reduced the contextual information that lets you know its not just a shot of the sky. But I take your point.

      Glad the topic’s getting you thinking – I look forward to more of your characteristic creativity! 🙂

    • Ian McNab
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      January 18, 2014 at 11:56 am #5585

      More reflections…

       

      Mirrors

       

      Picture window

       

      In or out?

       

      Mirror, mirror on the wall…

       

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      Triffid

    • Ian McNab
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      January 19, 2014 at 4:08 pm #5586

      Nice bright sunlight today, so couldn’t resist a few more…

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    • Pete Robinson
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      January 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm #5587

      Hi Ian. You’ve been busy searching out reflections! I find some of then a bit confusing with so much going on in them. Sometimes it difficult to work out what’s the reflection. In the first mirror do you think it would have been better to have concentrated on just one mirror that’s reflecting something. You could use the mirror as a frame then. I’ve been looking for reflects in car bodies and window screens, but you’ve beaten me to it with your picture of the tree reflection which I think works well in black and white. I like the idea of capturing a relection of an old building in a modern buildings window. A reflection in different senses. I’d love to know who you managed not to get your reflection in the mirror on the wall.

      I got up this morning to find some rain drops in our kitchen window. I couldn’t say no to them and dug out a colourful umbrella I’d bought years ago. This subject lets me try out thing I’ve wanted to try for years. Constructive criticism welcome!





    • Ian McNab
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      January 20, 2014 at 6:51 am #5588

      Peter >>> I like the first and last ones most, because the shape and colour of the umbrella are clearly visible, reflected in – or, rather, focused by – the raindrops. I guess these work as they do because of the focal length you used for them? Or is it the focus distance (more of a macro shot)? Either way, the background seems more blurred, and the drops stand out more clearly. (I’d be interested to hear about your technique for these.)

      Thanks for your comments on my last lot. Sometimes in mine there isn’t a single reflection: the whole photograph is full of reflections of different kinds – from two or more windows, mirrors, shiny surfaces, sheets of glass or perspex, etc – so that the subject is the ambiguity of space and location that the layers of multiple reflection produce.

      [Arty bollocks warning!] The interest is placed not so much on a particular object, but on the viewer’s inner, mental experience of trying to make sense of the conflicting perceptual information. [/did warn you! ;)]

    • Pete Robinson
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      January 20, 2014 at 7:34 pm #5591

      Thanks for your comments Ian and for the ‘Arty bollocks’ warning. That was rattling around in my skull for a while! My inner peace was disturbed, but I’m OK now.

      Regarding the technique for my rain drop shots. I used a 100mm marco lens with a setting of around f3.5 @ 1/100, ISO 320 at first, then I increased it to 640 as it was quite dull. The brolly was propped up about 3 feet outside of the window. The depth of field was incredibly narrow. I focused manually and had the camera on a mono pod which I moved to focus accurately as I could on the image of the brolly in the water drops. If I focused on the drops themselves or the window the brolly would be out of focus. The lens was about 4 inches from the window. I bracketed the exposures in AV mode which I allowed me to get away with getting a decent exposure. I was pleasantly surprised with the results. The droplets were randomly placed so it was an extra challenge to arrange them in the frame into a reasonable composition. I’m not sure I’ve succeeded with that. It was a bit of fun though.

       

    • Ian McNab
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      January 30, 2014 at 5:08 pm #5630

      One last go…

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    • Pete Robinson
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      January 31, 2014 at 10:04 pm #5640

      I find it quite an intriguing photograph Ian. I can’t work out what the object is that is giving the reflection. There’s also a reflection in the glasses. You’ve had the first and last word this month.

    • Ian McNab
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      January 31, 2014 at 10:15 pm #5641

      Thanks, Peter. I’ve been really intrigued by the ambiguities in these reflection pictures.