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!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.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!
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.January 12, 2014 at 1:59 pm #5556
Moon and chimney
Chocolate Box 1
Chocolate Box 2
Vapour trails in the canal
.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.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! 🙂January 18, 2014 at 11:56 am #5585
In or out?
Mirror, mirror on the wall…
TriffidJanuary 19, 2014 at 4:08 pm #5586
Nice bright sunlight today, so couldn’t resist a few more…
.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!
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! ;)]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.January 30, 2014 at 5:08 pm #5630
One last go…
.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.January 31, 2014 at 10:15 pm #5641
Thanks, Peter. I’ve been really intrigued by the ambiguities in these reflection pictures.
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