New Technique Challenge --> Theme: Real Reflection

July 7th, 2019
Thanks a million to SergeantPepper @walrus for organising and hosting the latest round of the technique challenge, and to all of you who voted for my smoke picture.

This technique challenge is focused on getting us out of the comfort zone and trying out new things photography wise. Below is a list of the prior challenges to keep the string going. We had a discussion a few weeks ago, that it would be fun and would make sense to redo some of the techniques that had been on the list before. So photographers new to the site can have fun too, and the challenges will have generally accessible techniques to all folks.

I chose a technique I often use and I’m just as often asked how I achieve the effect. I’m talking about real reflection photography, also referred to as mirror photography. Means you use a reflective surfaces to create an artistic echo of a scene. Doing this can add an interesting spin to your photo. And there are a million of different things you can use as shiny things (puddles, car roofs, lakes, raindrops, a mobile phone, a shop window, or a piece of glass to just name a few.) Just let me say, not necessary the “mirror” is the key, but the angle is to get a reflection.

To help with the learning process, here some quick tips

Concerning my puddle reflection shots I posted a picture today to show you the difference the angle makes in a picture.

I hope this is a fun adventure, and I do hope that from now on, you are on the lookout for shiny things. And please do not hesitate to contact me, if you have questions while on this technique journey. If I can, I gladly help.

Have fun

The challenge begins today and ends July 22.

Pease tag your images technique95-reflection
It's not mandatory, but it would be great if you could share your image to this thread to give others inspiration

Follow along here:

1. Low key
2. Motion blur
3. Split toning
4. Flipped reflections
5. Long exposure
6. Professional looking portraits
7. Mini portraits
8. Rim lighting
9. High/fast shutter speed
10. Vintage in modern
11. Double/multiple exposure
12. Forced perspective
13. Zoom burst
14. Multiplicity
15. Panning photography
16. ICM
17. Shaped bokeh
18. B&W
19. High key
20. In the night
21. One-light lighting
22. Refractions
23. Selective color
24. Tilt-shift
25. Into the sun/flare photography
26. White background
27. Macro photography
28. Shooting blind
29. Framing
30. Light painting
31. Slow sync flash
32. Silhouettes
33. HDR (High Dynamic Range)
34. Minimalism
35. Panography
36. Blurism
37. Colour contrast (complimentary colours)
38. Diptych
39. Shadows
40. Ghost shots
41. Portraits with props
42. Negative space
43. Low key portraits
44. Kinetic photography (camera toss)
45. Self portraits
46. Flash photography
47. Tryptich
48. Breznier
49. Soft focus
50. Focus stacking
51. Architecture
52. Zoom burst - repeat
53. ICM - repeat
54. Square images
55. Using a reflector
56. DIY lensbaby
57. Backlighting
58. Multiple exposure
59. Zoom Burst - repeat
60. GIF
61. Rear synch flash
62. Smoke photography
63. Red shirt photography
64. Forced perspective - repeat
65. Scanography
66. Faceless portraits
67. Panoramic stitched photography
68. Colourful monochrome
69. High key portrait
70. Shallow dof
71. Bird's eye view
72. White balance
73. Backlighting - repeat
74. White on white
75. Close up
76. Multiplicity
77. Vaseline Soft Focus
78. Birds in Flight
79. Creative Bokeh
80. Zoom Burst - repeat
81. Low POV & Large Angle
82. Motion Blur (repeat challenge)
83. vintage
84. Blue hour
85. Crystal ball
86. Symmetry
87. Obstructed view
88. Interrupted pattern
89. Vanishing point
90. Astrophotography
92. Shadows to Black
93. Contrast in monochrome landscapes
94. Smoke
95. Reflection - repeat

English is not my first language, please excuse any mistakes.
July 7th, 2019
I'll give this one a go!!!
July 7th, 2019
Nice choice will try and post a couple.
July 7th, 2019
I do love playing with mirrors - but is the idea to get a reflection without a mirror? I like water reflection shots as well!
July 8th, 2019
@northy Yes please do play with mirrors. Anything that can be used, to get a reflection while taking the picture. I mentioned "real", to focus on that for this challenge not in post processing possibilities.
July 11th, 2019
@mona65 Hello, if this sin't cheating can I ask for a tip please? How do I get the reflection to be in as sharp focus as the subject.??

I use a clear, 3mm-ish thick perspex sheet balanced on a black cloth,(I used to use glass but it broke and I bled!-but I never got good reflections with that either)

Below is my first effort for the challenge, but the reflection's not sharp. Any advice please??

July 11th, 2019
@30pics4jackiesdiamond Dear JackieR, thank you very much for your question. I hope by resetting your image (gret idea by the way) helps to get a result you like. But I do like it also with the blurry reflection. Well done.
July 12th, 2019
Posting here to keep the thread smiling :)

July 13th, 2019
@30pics4jackiesdiamond I've tried 2 ways to get both subject and reflection in focus. First is tripod, small aperture, and manual focus. This works if the combined depth of subject and reflection are shallow enough for the aperature. The other is same setup with my camera's focus stacking feature. Because I don't have Photoshop, this works if the distinction between subject and reflection is such that I can mask one image for each without the result having obvious artifacts. For cameras without this feature, it can be done with manual focus adjustment if your tripod is sturdy.
July 13th, 2019
@fotoblah thank yiu
July 14th, 2019
I take lots of reflections pictures - but usually show just the reflection - is the idea here to show both the subject and the reflection?
July 18th, 2019
July 18th, 2019

July 18th, 2019
@helenhall Dear Helen, sorry for my late reply, I somehow mised your post. Thanks for your interest in this challenge. IMHO it is not absolutely necessary that the original and the reflection are visible together. Not at all. But I think it would be important for this challenge to see what the "mirror" is and, for example, frame the picture. Hope this helps.
July 20th, 2019
I had been meaning to try water drops with reflections for a quite a while. This challenge gave me the motivation to actually do it.
July 22nd, 2019
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