Reflection. A word that is wonderfully ambiguous. One of my favourite things to do when I travel is to go on a quest to find a body of water that has a reflection of a landmark. Photographing a reflection creates a unique image of an often photographed subject by adding interest and depth to your photograph.
Reflections show up often in the most impressive landscape photos. The iconic ones are beautiful snow-capped mountains with a lake in front acting as a mirror. But reflections are not only great for landscapes. Even in street photography or architecture, you can create stunning images with pools of water after a downpour. It is not difficult to find inspiration for reflection photography. Look for a river doing landscape photography, or wait for the rain to pass and search out puddles.
I took a scenic walk down memory lane with Singapore River recently as I have a special liking for this part of the Singapore River. Unconsciously, this is also one place that I would tend to go for some respite, or when I need to have time for quiet reflections during weekends. Furthermore, the colonial buildings nearby the area somehow have an attractive appeal to me. I simply love their designs, especially when being reflected along the mouth of Singapore River. Capturing a perfect reflection is harder than it sounds because any amount of wind at all will cause ripples and blur the surface of the water. I spent one whole day from early morning until evening to capture beautiful water reflections to form the collection below. The weather was absolutely perfect that day.
Where the river flows, there is always life. The story of the Singapore River is as colourful as the technicolour lights at night that reflect on its shimmering water surface. A calm river shot is a good opportunity to break the rule of thirds and go for perfect symmetry in your image. Put the horizon line in the middle of the frame and include the same amount of subject and reflection.
Actually, ripples in the water are not necessarily bad. It just produces a different effect. You can get this effect by waiting for the wind to come up a little or just by using a longer exposure which allows time for the water to move while the shutter is open. Either way it will create a more abstract feel by adding texture to the water.
鱼尾狮 (Merlion) 倒影在河中，显得是那样的温柔又幽静，给人一种温馨的感觉。
I also found that it is best to photograph reflections just after sunrise or around sunset. During this time, the sun is low in the sky so you can avoid any unsightly harsh shadows and sun glare. Photographing reflections at this time of day can also help set the tone of an image. The warm hues of the sky during sunrise are reflected in the building’s exterior, giving the overall scene a sense of calmness.
Just after sunset the coloured lights on the exterior of the building reflected off the water making a very energetic image.
由于河水的流动，螺旋桥 (Helix Bridge) 的水中倒影是虚幻而变形的，缥缈迷离，断断续续，似有似无。
傍晚时分，滨海湾金沙购物中心 (Marina Bay Shoppes) 壮观时尚的现代化建筑倒影在河中，艺术美感十足，形成一个奇妙的美境。
When the sky is that cobalt blue colour before night arrives, and lights from nearby buildings reflect off the water, magic happens.
You want to avoid direct light on the water because that causes glare. The best situation is when you have a colourful object (such as Alkaff Bridge) that is has direct light on it and that subject is reflected in water which is in the shade. Then the reflection will contain saturated colours and no glare.
由光的反射形成的虚像，整座阿卡夫桥 (Alkaff Bridge) 如彩虹凌空江上，显得更加绚丽多姿。
Have you captured a reflection in your photography? What did you find most fun or challenging? Using reflections in your images is a great and fun way to create a more balanced and interesting image. When it comes to reflection photography, remember your choices: the weather, subject and its reflection; just the reflection; still water; and blurred water.