Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Water reflections

When it comes to taking good water reflections, there are two important steps. One is to expose on part of the water that doesn't contain the actual reflection, yet is still close to some part of it. If your not sure what 'setting the exposure' means, you can find some information on this at manual modes.

Next, set your camera on a high aperture number (if photographing landscapes), for example f/11, so the whole landscape will be in focus. Then before taking the shot, focus your camera on the actual reflection and press the shutter button. You should then find you end up with a perfect water reflection that seems almost mirror image.

example photograph of water reflection

Reflections in the water

Camera: Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: 1/125th of a second
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Program: manual

Why this image worked

This photograph was taken at 7am on a cloudy day. The time of the morning, as well as the overcast conditions, made it a perfect situation for finding good water reflections at the local Botanical Gardens. I took the exposure on the water on the left, just under the green land reflection (the blue part of the water). I then focused on the reflection itself in the middle of the frame and took the photograph. Due to an aperture of f/11, the whole landscape is seen in focus.