No one can see their reflection in running water; it is only in still water that we can see.Taoist proverb
It is true that in nature still water provides the best reflections.
So most of the photos I have selected for Cee’s black & white reflections challenge are of reflections in water – but not all of them.
All of these photos started life as colour images and were processed using Silver Efex. In some cases I prefer the colour original, in others I think these edits are more successful. See what you think – I have included a gallery of some of the original images at the foot of the post.
Reflections in water
An Icelandic landscape near Dyrholaey on the south coast
The crater of Mount Paektu reflected in its lake (shot taken from North Korea, but this opposite shore of the lake is actually in China)
Reeds in the Okavango Delta
More reeds in the Okavango Delta, this time a more abstract treatment
A young mangrove taking root in the lagoon at Souimanga Lodge in the Sine-Saloum region of Senegal
So far I have concentrated on landscapes but buildings and other structures can be reflected in water too.
An Abu Dhabi sunrise, reflected in the still waters of the lagoon, part of the Persian Gulf
The Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoi An, given a sepia treatment to emphasise its age
We don’t need a large expanse of water to create a reflection; even a puddle will do!
San Michele in Foro, Lucca, reflected in a puddle on the piazza
Another puddle, this one in the Old Town of Tallinn
The following reflections are made in man-made objects rather than in water
Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear – road tripping in the Grand Teton NP, WY
A minaret reflected in a modern office block, Abu Dhabi
Multiple reflections in an art installation in London’s Canary Wharf area
And a couple of very abstract-looking shots that are actually reflections on the walls of the MoPOP building in Seattle
Finally, here as promised, is a selection of the colour originals, including several of those I am inclined to prefer to the B&W edits. As always, click on any image to open them full-size.