Dogwood 52: Assignment #11 "Reflections in Landscape"

Some friends and I are doing the Dogwood 52 Week photography challenge. We submit a photo each week on a given "assignment" along with commentary and discussion. This week's assignment was:

[Landscape] Reflection: Find a way to show your landscape/natural beauty in reflection. The mirror world revealed.

The submissions follow in order submitted along with the photographer's commentary. We'll add other commentary and critique from the group as it comes in.


I was on the train going in to Boston and saw the city skyline reflecting on the newly freezing river. It was such a neat effect that I knew I wasn't doing it any justice shooting through the dirty window of the train. I came back that evening as the sun was setting to have another go and discovered this amazing world of silhouettes. So, while the city and sun reflecting in the water is more minimized than before these were some great shots that really captivated me. I still feel these silhouettes, lit from reflected light off the Charles, are a kind of parallel, reflected world. Without the reflected light they would never be so stunning.


Tokyo has lots of glass buildings and lots of mirrors in those glass buildings. I figured some different surface would be more interesting. So I present to you a cafe in granite. I'll have to keep reflecting on this one, it turns out composition is harder when you're limited by the location/angle of a particular surface. Landscape shots with bodies of water, or vertical shots at a very shallow angle, make for nice somewhat symmetrical shots; less reflective surfaces need a much sharper angle, and that proved more difficult for me.


Captured the reflection of the sunset at Saguaro Nat'l park in the window of our rental car. The colors on the car window were just as vibrant as those in t


I tried to superimpose reflections of the prayer flags onto another image where the flags might be in reality. I don't think it worked out the way I intended, but it's something I'm going to play with more.


Whalehead Club -- Corolla, NC


I'm back and excited to jump right in! This shot was taken on an inherited Nikon F3 with Ektar100 film. This was the official 3rd shot on the roll. I had never shot with this camera or film so I was excited to see the results. I couldn't be more in love with the combination! And it was such a relief to see the skillset of my high school photography classes come back to life. This picture is straight from the film. No edits. Welcome to the painted palm trees on asphalt.