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A Study on Reflection

By Stu_Harris
A visit to Southsea with my new camera produced this photo. I happened to see the reflection in a puddle and took the snap.

Tags: Seaside Big wheel Landscape and travel

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KingArthur 13 8 Malta
12 Apr 2018 9:01AM
Nicely composed shot, great emphasis on the reflection.

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12 Apr 2018 9:18AM
Many thanks Joe
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1288 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2018 9:47AM
Well seen and a strong image. the problem is the brightness of the sun spot causing burn out over a wider area. Difficult to deal with, but less exposure might still have produced a good image. Not a full EXIf but I wonder why you were at ISO250 and 1/4000 sec for such a shot? I would have been at 100 and f8 or 11 to get the optimum quality.

12 Apr 2018 9:50AM
Hi Paul.
New camera and still learning the settings. It's quite a bit different in the menus than my old DSLR.

Appreciate your pointers, all taken on board. Thanks you.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2117 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2018 10:01AM
Hello Stuart, welcome to the Critique Gallery! You've been on the site a little while and you've enabled modifications in the past, this is the first time that you have ticked the critique button. I hope it was deliberate! It has the effect of disabling votes and awards but inviting more in-depth comment.

Reflections are my comfort zone, I love them, and this is a cracker. Reflections create a sort of alternative reality, and reflections in puddles generally introduce the element of surface textures, which give an additional layer of meaning.

Two things immediately came to mind here. It needs a small rotation - reflections always drop straight down from the subject and if you look closely they don't here. The first upload is simply a rotation, I left the white triangles at the side to illustrate what is needed. With an image like this it's worth making a check against the grid a routine part of your workflow.

Now second point, and this is where I get excited with an image like this. Try cropping off reality and flipping vertically - it becomes much more mysterious because the brain doesn't expect to see a reflection 'the right way up'. This is where alternative reality comes in - the puddle surface textures become the sky.

This is what I have done in the second stage modification. I added a bit more space on the left, which I think it needed, either way up, for balance. (You know where to find mods, but for reference - under the blue button below your upload, click on the numbers...)

If you look specifically for reflections to do this, a tip is to just photograph the reflection and focus around 1/3 to 1/2 down from the top of the frame, That way you will get the eventual foreground in focus.

We are not seeing how you instructed the camera, but I would prefer F8 for a bit more depth of field, you didn't need 1/4000 second, so you could have kept the ISO to minimum. But the result is a super picture. Nice processing too - I've left that unchanged. How do you convert to mono?

Edit - I forgot to mention, it looks as though you have some dust on your sensor, there are several blobs in the lighter area of sky.
12 Apr 2018 10:23AM
Hi Moira
Appreciate your detailed critique. It seems my Plus membership has run out which no longer allows me to ask for modifications. All help and pointers are welcome of course. I was strolling to meet a friend with my new camera in my pocket, saw the composition and took a quick snap, hence the settings aren't quite there. Also i wifi'd the image to my phone and did the adjustments in the mobile Lightroom App. If I'd spent more time in port I'm sure I could have got it much nicer, but kind of like the raw feel this gives.
Love your idea with flipping the image, confuse the brain, mine is confused quite easily too. I did take one more shot which I'll post up perhaps tomorrow, its the same subject but a wider shot. again I think it works quite well but would love a few pointers as to how I might do better.

I'll get a sensor cleaning kit ordered and take care of the dust spots. Thanks for pointing those out. Only had the camera a few days.

mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2117 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2018 2:02PM
Thanks for your feedback, it's great when we hear from people. I'll look forward to seeing a wider shot.

Don't rush into sensor cleaning without checking - take a clear sky shot with your smallest aperture, lowest ISO, look and see what shows up. The marks (in the reflected sky, not the actual sky) might just be dirt in the puddle!
dudler Plus
16 996 1552 England
12 Apr 2018 8:57PM
Welcome from me too!

Definite dust-bunnies there, as they're visible at f/5.6. Remember - blower first, and only use a contact cleaning method if this doesn't work. And absolutely nothing wrong with the image that a little editing, and finding where Aperture priority and the control for aperture are won't put right. Moira's mod sorts the angle.

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