For some unknown reason, I’m drawn to photographing architecture that has a reflective surface. The ultimate take on this is when you can find a reflective building located across the street from another reflective building. My interest in photographing architecture has been gradual.
Below photo featured Cenntennial Tower, a skyscraper office building which happens to have an ideal lighting conditions with varying light and dark areas reflected off the building. The irregular shaped structure and oblique angles help to keep the rectangular forms from seeming too boxlike.
Using reflections in your photography can add an element of interest to what could otherwise be a mundane image. You can use any reflective surface, such as water, sunglasses, windows or a drinking glass – really any reflective surface will do. You just need to keep an eye out for the right light, angle, timing, shapes and of course your imagination.
The great thing with using reflections when you are taking photos is that it can completely alter the image from something fairly straightforward to something dynamic or amazingly abstract like in the reflection of the commercial / residential buildings.
A fairy static image of a building can become an artistic photo. You can use reflections to mirror the skyline of buildings, a streetscape during your travels or you can use a reflection to bring something into your image that is out of the frame.
When you are walking around, look up at the buildings around you and down at sidewalk for reflective surfaces. Try adjusting your angles to get the best reflection or light for your desired image. Shooting reflective images is as endless as your imagination. Not everything will work out but you will have fun in the process.
If I’m visiting a city and the weather is right, I’ll search for interesting buildings with the hope that I’ll be able to do something creative with the images later on. I’ll also return to the same locations when I revisit a city, with the idea that I might get a better shot or have a better understanding of what I’m trying to achieve. :-)