Building Reflections

Posted on November 22, 2012


Have you ever wanted to just go do something fun but challenging for a photographic walk? Something you may want to consider is capturing building reflections. When ever I am out and about, I am always looking for reflections – from buildings, water, cars, or anything else that might reflect. Her are some examples of images I captured on a few of my walks around Indianapolis and its neighboring cities.

One of the images that is posted here is a combination of two reflections – a section of the building reflected one building, and the other section reflected a different building. I did my best to match them up from position, but if you look carefully, you will see the lines where they don’t line up quite right.

You may be asking: “How do you get a good reflection?” The simple answer is to make sure the building that is being reflected is well lit from the sun. This means that the side that is reflected is almost always the side facing the sun. Second, always shoot into the dark side of the subject with the lights on the inside of the building off. This makes it so you won’t see the details inside the building and gives a solid dark contrast for reflection. Finally, focus on the reflection – this is so that your image is crisp and clear (or don’t, and make it more dreamy looking). Lastly, never use a polarizer when shooting reflections – they will disappear if you do.

The next time you are out and about where you have reflective buildings, walls, water, or the like, think about capturing a reflected image. See what you get for an image and have fun.