Autumn Reflection Images With A Tamron Lens

Autumn Reflection Images With A Tamron Lens - Autumn is a great time for some reflection photography, as we find out here.

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Autumn reflection

Image by David Clapp


Reflections are something you can shoot all year round but as bright colours and bold shapes make the most interesting reflections, autumn's the perfect season to try this technique.

You can head to a picturesque area of landscape where you have reservoirs and lakes by the dozen to pick from but if you want to stay a little closer to home, have a walk through your park after it's rained and use the puddles that have formed as your reflective surface. If you have a pond in your garden and a tree or two that's decorated with autumn colours, you don't even have to walk to the park as you can set your gear up in your own back garden to shoot these abstract style shots.

If you head to somewhere such as the Lakes or Peak District you have the chance to shoot a few wide shots where you include the body of water in the photo with the tree line and rolling hills sitting along side it. For this, you want an almost mirror-like reflection and this means shooting on a very still day. Better still, do your research and find a lake or reservoir that's sheltered by hills or find one where at least part of it's out of the way of the wind. It helps if you're an early riser too as the air tends to be still first thing in the morning rather than later on in the day.

However, if you've found a sheltered spot and have got up before the birds begin to sing and still find a few ripples dancing across the water's surface, try using a slightly slower shutter speed to blur them.

You'll need a tripod to stop shake creeping in and a remote / cable release can be handy but it's not essential. You could even start your exposures via a Smart Phone if the camera you're using has wireless capabilities. A lens like the Tamron 24-70mm will make a great choice here, as it is wide enough for vast landscapes and has the ability to zoom in, to crop out unwanted parts of the scene, too. 

When working with slower shutter speeds by lakes, have a look at the distant trees and other objects that can move in the breeze to see if they've blurred slightly. If you do have a problem with blurry trees, try taking two exposures: one with a slower shutter speed and another with a shutter speed that won't add blur to your background then combined them when you're back in front of your computer. Make sure you don't move the camera if you try this as the smallest of adjustments will mean the shots don't line up.

It's also a good idea to pack an ND Grad Filter as you'll find that the reflection will look darker than the 'real' scene that's creating it. If you line up the darker part of the filter so it sits over the sky and finishes at the shoreline, you'll produce a shot that appears to balance to the exposure of the bright sky/surroundings with the reflection.

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