These landscapes of water and reflection are an obsessionClaude Monet
I understand Monet’s obsession with reflections, as will many photographers. They really add something to a landscape, perhaps because they allow us to ‘see double’. Already beautiful scenery is enhanced by being presented to us a second time, often rippled or distorted in an upside-down version of itself.
This week’s guest judge for the Lens Artists challenge, Jez, asks us to share some Seeing Double reflections. Water is the obvious source of these; a landscape of river or lake is the ultimate reflection opportunity.
My feature photo was taken in the Kamikochi National Park in Japan. Here are a few more.
Mirror Lake, Snowy Range, WY
Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton NP
Early morning at Lake Quinault on the Olympic Peninsula, WA
The crater lake of Mount Paektu, North Korea
Near Dyrholaey on Iceland’s south coast
The next couple of shots are from the Okavango; I’m pretty sure I’ve shared these previously but can’t resist including them here too. Seeing the delta’s beautiful landscapes from water level in a mokoro (traditional boat) helps to create really strong reflections.
Pinching an idea from John of John’s Space I played around with one of my Okavango reflection shots and turned it upside-down!
It’s not just landscapes that make good reflections. So I’ve been through my archives in search of other doubled-up images, some man-made and some from the natural world.
Let’s start with architecture:
Sometimes the reflection alone can make a great shot, even if this isn’t strictly speaking seeing double!
You don’t even need large expanses of water to find reflections. I enjoy looking for them in puddles on city streets.
These two birds seem to be admiring their reflections, don’t they?
And while water may be perfect for reflections it’s certainly not the only reflective surface! So I’ll finish with a few reflections in buildings and other objects.