Water and Ice Reflections

Posted: December 15, 2016 in Uncategorized
After the fall leaves have all dropped and left the trees bare, I search out the edges of ponds looking for abstract reflections from the trees. If the water is calm, you would see the trees and branches clearly reflecting in the pond. But with a little wave action, the water creates this distorted effect of the trees reflection. When shooting these images, I set my aperture to f/22 to maximize the focus of the whole image. If you need a little more speed to stop the action, you can raise your digital camera’s ISO. This was shot on an overcast day so the water has a milky look. If shooting on a clear day the sky would reflect a blue in the water. Use your longer focal length lenses in case you have to reach out a ways.



Lets say you live in the northern regions where your ponds and water have froze from the cold. You can still produce some cool images.  Here are three tree trunks and bushes reflecting in the textured ice patterns on this pond.



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  1. jmlecocq says:


    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Roxana Whitt says:

    These are wonderful

  3. Jennifer Benton says:

    Love these. Thanks for the ideas. Sometimes blank out of ideas in the winter. We don’t get snow much in NC but things do freeze.

    • Mike Moats says:

      Hey Jennifer, if your water doesn’t freeze you still have water to shoot reflections. On the windy days you will see the nice movement of the reflection creating cool abstracts.

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