18 Very Cool Reflection Photos

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I'm Rob, the editor of Light Stalking. I try to keep this ship on course.

Capturing reflections in photography can produce some spectacular images. The problem, however, is that it is not always as easy at it seems to get great reflection shots as it generally requires the shooter to treat the reflection and subject as one item, in much the same way as good images involving shadows is done.

While many photographers try to capture good shots relying on reflection, far fewer actually succeed.

The reflection photos below however, we think are pretty cool and show a fairly broad spectrum of what can be achieved with reflection and shadow in photography. Obviously, there is a bias towards landscapes here, but there might also be a few surprises for you.

As always, please feel free to leave links to any reflection shots you think deserve some recognition and don’t forget to check out the links at the end of the post if you want to find out how these photographers took such great reflection photos.

Two equestrian riders, girls on horseback, in low tide reflections

Bryggen reflection

City Refraction, City Reflection



Reflections of Amsterdam

Zuiderkerk - Amsterdam HDR


Aurorus Reflectus Colosseo


Flower Multiplied

Amsterdam - Prinsengracht


Hasselblad way to fall

Many thanks to the rain

aNgEL oF siLEncE...

leftover drops

Reflections on the Arctic Sea

Tutorials and Links on Reflection Photography:

44 thoughts on “18 Very Cool Reflection Photos

  1. Michael "Mike" L. Baird

    Thanks for using my ” Two equestrian riders, girls on horseback, in low tide reflections. Serene” image http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/2985066755/
    as your first example here of 19 Very Cool Reflection Photos! I am honored.
    I notice that when one right-clicks my image here at http://www.lightstalking.com/reflection-photos the code shown below is generated encouraging others to share further the images (a great implementation detail I wish I had thought of!). Flickr suggests (actually insists) that any sites that use such images refer not only to the static.flickr page but also add a link to the related “comment” page – in this case http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/2985066755/ . This is done in part as there is no simple way one can find the author of an image from the static.farm address alone.

    Light Stalking is a terrific resource, and I have recommended it to all my associates at http://photomorrobay.com

    Keep up the good work!
    Best, Michael “Mike” L. Baird flickr.bairdphotos.com

    1. Profile photo of AdminAdmin Post author

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for such great photos!

      Also thanks for bringing up the issue of the plugin we use to give people code to share the photos. Let me give you a little background.

      When we started the site, we noticed that a few people (mainly in forums) would basically take the entire post we wrote and put it on their own site. That meant that they would take the photos too and hotlink them from Flickr without any link to the author’s page or to us. In almost every case this is what happened. We really had/have no way of stopping this.

      Then we found a little wordpres plugin called “hot link to link” which is the one you are referring to. (We are not techies – we kind of rely on the good opensource coders in the wordpress community to produce these cool little pieces of site functionality).

      Now while it doesn’t give a link to the author’s page on flickr, it does give a link to the page on this site and this site always links to the author’s page (in fact in more recent posts we have decided to link to the author’s page from both the photo as well as another text link). Since installing the plugin, we have found that the people who take posts and images from stories here almost always leave the link to this site intact because the plugin makes it easy. That means that someone who finds a pic on anthother site that was lifted from here can find the original photographer via this site. (Of course, the responsibility for what is posted on other sites has to remain with the owners of those other sites.)

      We realise this is not a perfect solution, but we think it’s a slightly better solution than what was happening before.

      Honestly, this is something we have been wrestling with and if you know of another plugin that takes the flickr link instead of our we will more than happily install it.

      Anyway, thanks for stopping by and raising this important issue.

  2. KK

    Not to be critical, but more to start a discussion. I feel that many images are far too manipulated for their own good. It lends a plastic quality that – to me – detracts from the image.

    I don’t say this because I don’t know how to manipulate images or because I don’t do it myself on occasion – not where I am coming from at all. But, in truth, I find it far easier to Photoshop an image and make something more out of something less.

    I miss the beauty of real images taken by master photographers.

    Anyone else out there have a comment?

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