Better fishing pictures: Reflections
Published Mar 3rd 2013
Sometimes you want the opposite of a clear surface and a look into the depths. You want reflections.
The classic picture of a reflection is that of the sky and the mountains in a high altitude lake or the fall foliage in a calm forest lake surface, but once you start looking, you will see reflections in many other ways: in car hoods and roofs, in riffled water, in wet surfaces, in sunglasses and a lot of places, that more or less perfectly mirrors the surroundings.
The best and most precise reflections are rendered by smooth and mirror-like surfaces. Water is an excellent reflector, and a calm surface can render the background in surprising detail. One predicament for getting a clear reflection is light on the subject you want to reflect. The more light the more clear the reflection.
The classical reflection of a shoreline in a calm lake can render an almost perfectly symmetrical image, which can be turned upside down, almost without ruining the overall impression of the subject. You rarely find surfaces that calm, but it does happen.
Blurry reflections can work well too. The most common blurry reflection is that of a rising or setting sun in the water, which will typically not draw a circle, but rather a long line from the sun towards the viewer, created by the slightly riffled surface breaking up the shape.
Contrasting objects like white clouds on a clear blue sky will also reflect in even very broken surfaces, and create an interesting counterbalance in an image.
You can choose to make the reflection a smaller part of the image, make it an equal part through symmetry or even making it dominant, by shooting the reflection rather than the main subject. Tipping your camera up or down to get one or the other is always worth trying, and can sometimes give some surprisingly pleasing results.
Gear pictures can become vastly more interesting if you add a reflection. The symmetry obtained and the extra "copy" of the equipment can move the image from a plain image of the gear to something very interesting. Use a car hood or roof, the water surface, wet sand or something else that will act as a mirror, and you can change the bland to something very appealing.
If you have a camera that can go underwater, you can utilize the very clear reflection that can be created by the underside of the water. Pointing the camera up from below a submerged subject like a fish or a rod, will most likely give you a very visible and precise reflection above the subject and underscore that fact that you are seeing the subject under the water.
A seriesThese are all the articles in our series about better fly fishing photography. Read this series and you will learn a lot ebout getting better pictures while fishing. General outdoors pohotographers may also pick up a thing or two...
Better fly-fishing pictures
- Go close in Gallery. Published March 16th 2006
- Go low in Gallery. Published March 20th 2006
- Use a fill flash in Gallery. Published March 24th 2006
- Perfect Camera in Gallery. Published April 9th 2006
- Bring it! in Gallery. Published April 26th 2006
- Fishy pictures in Gallery. Published May 4th 2006
- Glorious light in Gallery. Published May 24th 2006
- Use a tripod in Gallery. Published June 1st 2006
- Jump! in Gallery. Published June 21st 2006
- Macro in Gallery. Published August 30th 2006
- Underexpose in Gallery. Published October 16th 2006
- Casting pictures in Gallery. Published January 29th 2007
- Clear Water in Gallery. Published February 15th 2009
- Bent Rods in Gallery. Published May 2nd 2009
- Gear pictures in Gallery. Published June 16th 2009
- Shoot the weather in Gallery. Published March 15th 2010
- Pictures of nature in Gallery. Published March 24th 2010
- Waterscapes in Gallery. Published January 9th 2011
- Close to the surface in Gallery. Published July 29th 2011
- Fly pictures in Gallery. Published March 25th 2012
- Compose in Gallery. Published November 30th 2012
- Shadows in Gallery. Published December 21st 2012
- Better pictures: shooting the sun in Gallery. Published August 10th 2013
- Histograms in Gallery not scheduled for publishing yet.