Reflections in Landscape Photography

Mirror, Mirror: Using Reflections in Landscape Photography

I primarily photograph landscapes, capturing everything from sunrise over the Atlantic to scenic mountain vistas in the snow-white grip of winter. Within all of these locations, many of the scenes I photograph have one thing in common — water.

With water being a common element, you might imagine reflections are a big part of my nature and landscape photography.

FOLLOW ALONG TO LEARN MORE ABOUT USING REFLECTIONS IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY:

MIRRORS UPON THE LANDSCAPE

If the scene I’m photographing includes water, or better yet the smooth surface of a pond or a lake, and I’m not trying to capture the blurred cotton candy look created by using a long exposure, I will usually try to incorporate those reflections as key elements in my photos. In the above photo, shot over Cherry Pond in northern New Hampshire, the mirror reflection of the distant mountains and the pink clouds above them was as important to me to capture as anything else in the scene. It’s the reflection that inspired me to take the photo in the first place.

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