Earlier this year I gave a talk about the inclusion of reflections in photographs. My main point was that reflections add to the ‘value’ to the image by not only enhancing the end product but also adding value to the viewer by the addition of more interest.
Recently I had two opportunities to revisit this theme – in spades. My first foray was into the forest of Llanwonno, about 20 minutes from where I live and I had never visited it! My second was to Cardiff Bay, an area I have photographed quite a bit before, but always return to.
1. Llanwonno – The journey started with a search for the reservoir, known as Clydach Reservoir. After a bit of ‘walking around’ I found it. Quite remote and absolutely people free, this jewel was my playground for some time. The day had started cold and there was mist rising, but by the time I had arrived at the reservoir the sun broke through onto a reservoir that presented me with a still body of water which created the beautiful mirror I was in search of. Setting the camera up on the trusty Benro tripod, I selected the 24-70 mm lens and used the polariser – NOT to diminish the reflection but to enrich the colours. Polarising filters can do this well by under-exposing the image. I opted for quite a few differing compositions, but my undoubted favourite is below.