Hello dear Steemians and photography enthusiast,
Today I want to share with you my wednesday walk that I did on a short stop while driving from the spanish pyrenees to Fontainbleau a little bit south of Paris. As it was a rather long drive we wanted to take a short break to strech the legs a little bit and eat something. We choosed a parking lot in the shadow of some trees and some benches. After we sat for a while eating we strolled a bit through the french village. (I'm sorry I don't know the name of it anymore.)
I took my camera because I though I could maybe make a wednesdaywalk out of it. Actually I was a little disappointed that the village had so little to offer photography wise. After I saw a pillar on a parking lot I got an idea. The round top of the pillar reflected the blue sky and the white clouds which reminded me a bit of the globe.
That was when I thought, maybe the photos for my next wednesdaywalk will all be reflections. I was hooked by the idea and the search began. Obviously I started with something more trivial, a traffic mirror.
But then I started to get a little more creative and adventurous. First I made some shots of reflections in car bodys. One of them I flipped upside down while editing and now I always get a little spacy looking at it.
With one car I was especially fascinated how clear the reflection of the rear window was. So I tried to take a selfie, which I usually never do. ;) The very slight distortions of the reflections are what I like about this photo. The rim of the seats going through my hands and the camera, the metal bar for the headrest and the blurred red lines of the window defogger.
Two streets later, we discovered a beautiful entry of a big church. As the street was very narrow, I wasn't able to take a shot of it with my 50mm. Also I had decided to only take reflection shots... Fortunately on the opposite site of the alley, there was an office with a really big window. So I kneeled down and pointed the camera a little upwards so I wasn't in the shot. With this technique I could capture a bit of the huge entrance and stay clean with my resolution :D
In the next street, there was a garage with big windows which were reflecting very nicely. I waited until a car drove by to create the illusion that the car was standing inside the garage.
Because the first two windows weren't perfectly parallel it's far from perfect.
I have to say, that I really like the confusion induced by a reflection that you don't recognize as one. As in the following photo, it takes some time to realize what is part of the reflection and whats on or behind the glass.
Back at the parking, I had already tunred of the camera when I found a window screen in a car to protect the car from overheating. It had a pattern of swirls on it and reflected the light in rainbow colors. Also the trees around were reflected on the glass of the window. So I took a last shot of this "double reflection" which I thought looked kind of cool.
In the end I have to say, this was one of my best idea for photographing I had in a long time. I know the photos didn't turned out all that pretty but it was so much fun looking for all kind of reflections and playing with the perspective. I saw so many things I would usually overlook and I learned a lot about how I see the world and also on how reflections work in general. I can definitely recommend this. Go out and photograph (or just look at) all the reflections in your surroundings! I at least was suprised, when I suddely saw the reflection in the engine hood and the car was literally gone.
Hope you enjoyed my entry for the wednesday walk,
if you did please let me know in the comments :)
Have a good week and see you next wednesday!
Equipment used: | Canon EOS 50D | Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM |