Shadows and reflections are the effects of light. Without light, there would be no shadows. Shadows are formed when objects block a source of light, so this is an is an absence of light, when light cannot get through an object. Reflections are caused by light bouncing off objects. Reflection has the ability to alter your images from something that may otherwise seem ordinary, such as a lake, a window, a mirror, or even a puddle and turn it into something abstract and creative. Reflective surfaces exist all around us and utilizing them in our images can make for some truly beautiful works of art that draw viewers into the scene and allow them to see the world slightly different than before.
Students in the image that we are working with today, you will see a puddle with leaves and trees that are above it, reflected in the surface of this puddle. If you get low to the ground and try taking your picture from different angles as you’re shooting into a puddle, the reflection becomes a viewfinder (the part of the camera that is used to frame and setup a photograph) and this provides a different perspective for your photographs. A digital camera viewfinder allows the photographer to see the image that will be captured. This tool quite simply helps you find the view that the picture should be of.
Puddle photos are captivating because they’re like mirrors, and they allow the world to be seen differently. These photos also attract a lot of attention and can even be conversation starters because they produce painting-like effects. Today we will be working with a puddle that is smooth and still, and eventually we will work our way up to those that have ripples. Our photo was taken right after a rain storm, so it is littered with twigs and leaves and this adds natural context to the picture. This photo was taken with the Sun behind the photographer as you can see its light shining on the tree leaves and the bright blue sky that is above it. Notice the effect that the trunk of this tree’s shadow has on the reflections in the puddle, as the picture looks clearer in this area.
We had rain last night and I am certain that you can find puddles out there if you look hard enough, so I want everyone to get outside and shoot some puddles and bring them in for the next class where er will talk about them. Try to capture nature at its best and I don’t want to see any cigarette butts or other trash in the setting that you choose. You will also be required to write 100 words that describe what is contained in your picture. We didn’t have a whole lot of rain last night, so most likely you will only find shallow puddles, so make sure to adjust your camera and have it focus on the actual subject (not on its reflection) first. Then slowly bring your camera back to the puddle and lock its focus. Also, be carful and try and keep your camera dry, but other than that, find your puddle and make a big splash, as this will be your midterm grade.
Written for KL Caley’s Thursday Write Photo – Portal concerning image by Rebecca M. Douglass.