I am so amazed and basically in awe of how many people participated in my little creative photography challenge! This was just a personal challenge for me, that I decided to invite anyone who wanted to join along--and there are a lot of you! It has been thrilling to me when people have said that they spent the month looking at reflections and using them in their images, or when they noticed a reflection that they wouldn't have if it wasn't for the challenge. Best. Paycheck. Ever!!!
I wish I had a lot more time to devote to the FB group and to IG for these challenges, and though I'm not on them all the time, I've loved seeing the inspiring images that you've shared! You have truly inspired me with your creativity! I thought I'd share some of my favorites from you on here.
It was hard to narrow it down, but I had to...so these are 9 of my personal favorite reflection pictures I found on Instagram, through the #2017creativephotography_jan tag. (Go here if you haven't had a chance to scroll through them yet.)
From left to right, top to bottom:
1. I loved this cool counter reflection by @staciezphotography! I love how she cropped this to focus on the reflection, and putting that line right down the middle.
2. This reflection of the trees and sky in a picnic table tell us a story in such a big way! I love how @joyinthesmallthings found such a seemingly simple reflection to do this!
3. I love the colors in this bright and cheery puddle reflection by @luci_andthebirds! She flipped this image to turn it "right side up" and I love how the ground gives it a double exposure feel!
4. I love how @fiddlejill found a reflection of her violin in her iPad while practicing! Even better that she stopped to get a picture! The whole image tells us so much, and the reflected violin is the icing on the cake!
5. I love this small glimpse of the world above a puddle in Chinatown! @sharolikar sure composed this perfectly, and the blue sky with clouds is the perfect touch!
6. I love the sweet expression on @emmacollins_photography's daughter's face! The way she is turned almost shows us two different faces--one all smiles, and the other a little pensive. Awesome how reflections can do that!
7. This beautiful seaside reflection by @bigpeabella is perfect! I love how all the hammocks were spaced perfectly and all show reflections. And I think here, the reflections really add to the picture!
8. Such a stunning B&W by @r_w_r.image! Window reflections like these tell a story, but give us the air of mystery making us wonder what they are looking at!
9. Okay, who wants to go eat some chocolate right now?!? This stunning reflection by @picadillystudios has my mouth watering! Between the lighting, the styling and the reflection this is a drool worthy image in so many ways!
The 9 favorites below are from the Facebook group.
From left to right, top to bottom:
1. I love how Adrienne Samuel used an on-purpose blur here to capture a reflection! It looks so dreamy, and the reflection lets us know that this is a city on a river bank!
2. This image by Shilpa Harolikar had me baffled at first! It's flipped upside down, and once I realized that, it was so awesome! I love the reflection of the clouds and the colors in this image!
3. Sue Bahen shared another flipped picture, and the reflection made it look like it's snowing! I loved how sharp the reflected image is!
4. Not only do these cookies by Kati Spencer look amazingly delicious, the reflection on the black surface add that extra something to it! And now I'm drooling...
5. I love how Annette Southworth flipped this image as well. The rocks look like clouds on first glance and give it a dreamy feeling!
6. This stunning B&W by Stacey Smith made me stop in my tracks! I love how her son's face is pressed against the window and the reflection that makes it look like there are two of him!
7. I loved this creative reflection by Alicia Moss! She used some old film negatives to reflect her film camera. It was such a fun and unique idea!
8. Kristine Crow shared this beauty of her son in the kitchen. The colors just drew me in, and I loved how it was an everyday, normal moment but oh so much more due to the reflection in the countertop!
9. This image by Courtney Thompson really had my creative side applauding! She saw the reflection in her glass, then flipped it so the scene was right side up! Very cool!
I hope you've enjoyed playing with reflections as much as I have! And don't forget to keep looking for them in the future! Just because the challenge is over, does not mean you can't use them anymore. ;)
Now...let's get going on some framing! I'm already seeing some amazing submissions! Go here if you haven't seen the details for February's challenge yet!
I'm a mom of 4 boys, in love with photography, especially landscapes, macro, and silhouettes.
"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." -Elliott Erwitt