Week 11: Landscape Reflection

The 52 week photo challenge from Dogwood Photography rotates between 3 distinct categories: portraits, landscapes, and artistic shots. It only stands to reason that there will be some overlap between those genres. Week 11, a landscape week, is a good example. Here’s the assignment: Find a way to show your landscape/natural beauty in reflection. The mirror world revealed. So we’re looking at a landscape through an artistic lens. No pun intended.

I found my subject at Middleton Place in Charleston, SC. Any place that has a body of water referred to as the “Reflection Pool” is probably a good place to start for finding reflection images. The setting sun illuminated this tree, highlighting the golden tones in the early spring buds, which contrasted nicely with the blue sky.

The major branches, along with the reflection, form the letter “K”, which was the first thing I noticed when I saw the tree.

Reflections at Middleton Place. Charleston, SC

Technical Details:

  • Nikon D7100
  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
  • 70mm
  • 1/160 @ f/4
  • ISO 100

I should mention that I used a lens that I had rented specifically for this trip. It is way out of my price range, but I wanted a quality longer lens for a particular event. It was well worth the rental!

Challenges and things to continue working on: Once I found the subject, this image was not particularly challenging, though I need to continue to work on all elements of landscape photography.

The takeaway: From time to time I have gone out with a specific intention in mind: Shooting a certain focal length, looking for circles, finding a particular color, or a pattern, or a texture. It certainly helps to develop certain creative “muscles”.

At some point, I would like to try to work this same “reflection” concept into some portrait work. I already have a couple of ideas. Any volunteers?

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