Gallery: reflecting on black and white
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.
Very interesting, this sort of comparison. I guess it’s down to personal preferences. I adore your two b&w puddles, and the Abu Dhabi sunrise is great in b&w too. The crater works splendidly either way, as for most of the rest I prefer the version in colour.
It’s interesting how we all have different preferences on the B&W versus colour debate, even when it comes down to individual photos. I appreciate your insights 😀
Congratulations! I featured this post in CBWC this week.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Thanks so much Cee, I appreciate the feature 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend too!
Oh wow, you´ve got amazing photographs Sarah.. I am honored to followed you and see your world.Well done!
Thanks so much – both for the compliment and for the follow. Both are much appreciated 🙂
These all work so well in black & white. You have some interesting angles and points of view! I love the mangrove in Senegal; it just floats.
Thank you so much Ruth 🙂 I’m quite fond of that mangrove photo myself!
oh Sarah, these are amazing photos for this week’s reflecting theme 😀
Thanks Cee, I’m so glad you like them!
Wow, you’ve got some really great photo’s here Sarah! The reflection of mountains in water are truly spectacular … but never thought of reflections in puddles (and how amazing is that!)
Thank you, I’m so pleased you enjoyed them! Do give puddle reflections ago – the water is usually so still that it’s not too difficult to find a good reflection 🙂
Some amazing shots and inspired conversions to b/w. Love those puddle captures!
Thank you so much – and for taking the time to comment while travelling, especially after waiting so long to do so!
Sarah, these are all stunning. My favorite is the crater shot. I do like the color versions, but the b/w creates drama in each of them. You would love photographing the Bean in Chicago.
Thanks so much Suzanne 🙂 I’m pleased you liked the crater shot as that’s one of the ones I felt was definitely improved by the B&W edit. All being well I should be visiting Chicago next September (2022) and the Bean is of course high on my list!
These are amazing Sarah!! I do really love that top photo. It’s hard to choose a favorite ❣❣❣
Thank you Lisa – the top one is a favourite of mine 🙂
All of these are wonderful. I like the black and white puddle images. A person might have to be keenly observant to capture shots like that.
Thanks so much Rose 🙂 The puddles are examples of making the best of things when it rains on holiday!!
Beautiful shots, Sarah. I like the two landscape shots in Iceland and North Korea both in colour and B&W.
Thank you Natalie, it’s great to get that specific feedback on those shots 🙂 And interesting as one of the Iceland shots (the snowy mountains) was among those I wasn’t so sure had worked in B&W!
Andrea R Huelsenbeck
These are wonderful!
Thank you Andrea 🙂
This is a great selection of photos, Sarah! Using puddles for reflections is a good idea and something I hadn’t thought of. Puddles almost always offer perfect reflections.
Thank you 😀 I’ve tried the puddle thing a few times and it can be very effective when it comes off!
What a satisfying gallery. Great shots!
Thank you Margaret – you were quick off the mark!
Catching up still, post – holiday.