Capture It All
My first thought when I saw this scene of the boat and buoys was to try to capture it all by including the buoys, boat and the reflection. You notice I didn’t include any sky or unnecessary clutter. I tried to focus on the boat and buoys and their reflection.
Isolating the Reflection
As I looked at the scene I realized what really attracted me, what made me get the camera out of the bag and put it on a tripod, was the reflection of the buoys. The way the water kept moving and distorting the buoys made it look like a painting. The top picture, “Wanchese Watercolor”is the result of isolating just the reflection of the buoys. I think it’s clear enough what this is a picture of, if you take the time to figure it out. These are the kind of photos I really enjoy. Photos that you look at, but aren’t sure exactly what it is until all of a sudden it hits you.
Included a Hint
In the bottom photo, “Red Reflection” I decided there wasn’t enough information in the reflection alone. At the very top of the image I included a hint, part of the boat that is being reflected. This gives the viewer of the photograph somewhere to start.
Try holding a piece of paper over the top of the image, cover the boat, it makes it almost impossible to figure out what it is a photograph of. Some people are happy with pure abstract images and sometimes they work. I prefer, when the viewer is able to work out what it is a photo of. This is just my personal taste, with photography, it’s impossible to please everyone.
Decide What’s Important
With these photos, I took my time and decided what I wanted to capture and how best to frame and use the equipment available to me to capture that and only that.
Thanks for taking the time to look at these photographs and read this article.