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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

Reflections. This challenge is about using reflections in the composition of a shot. Reflections are all around us, whether they’re in a window, a puddle, a mirror, or another surface. They can dramatically affect the feeling and mood of a shot by creating a surreal sense of duality. Think of a city reflecting in a river, a crowd of people reflecting in the glass pane of a building, or a landscape altered by the placement of a simple glass mirror.

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I love the challenge of reflections. My brother is probably one of the best at it – he has shots of reflections in puddles that I admire, simply because he was able to notice such a small detail, and he’s the one who turned me onto the idea of taking shots through reflections as a project one summer.

I spent a good part of that summer wandering around, just taking shots as I found them. Some are of iconic places in the city (the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum), and some are hidden places (back gardens in an artist’s yard), but all offered me the opportunity to explore different points of view. What I learned was that it’s important to pay attention to the small details – the reflections in a person’s sunglasses, in a puddle or through a shop window are sometimes a better view of the city than the original.

The CN Tower, as reflected in a downtown office block.

The CN Tower, as reflected in a downtown office block.

The beautiful summer sky as reflected in the Chin Crystal entrance to the Royal Ontario Museum.

The beautiful summer sky as reflected in the Chin Crystal entrance to the Royal Ontario Museum.

Peta Hall is a potter in Prince Edward County who has a beautiful backyard. While visiting her studio, I admired a stack of mirrors on her back deck, and the reflections within.

Peta Hall is a potter in Prince Edward County who has a beautiful backyard. While visiting her studio, I admired a stack of mirrors on her back deck, and the reflections within.

Share a photo that means REFLECTIONS to you!

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Tips: Think about using different perspectives and viewing angles to modify a reflection’s impact on your composition. For beginners: You can face a reflective surface head on to compose a creative self-portrait, or you can change your perspective so the reflection focuses on another part of the area around you. For advanced photographers: I’d also recommend playing around with the exposure of the reflections. For instance, if you use a wide aperture and meter an area in the reflection, you can creatively alter the appearance (depth of field) of the areas outside of the reflection.

New to The Daily Post? Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your blogging goals and give you another way to take part in Post a Day / Post a Week. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Subscribe to The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.

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