Saturday, November 9, 2013

Whenever you can find a pond or some kind of water source, you likely will find the perfect opportunity to see some beautiful reflections in the water.

This is the kind of opportunity I looked for during our recent trip to Białowieża Forest in eastern Poland. Fortunately, I didn’t have to search too far as there was a pretty pond near the PTTK office when we dropped off our forest tour guide.

Blue skies, a cute brick house and autumn-colored trees presented themselves right before me. What else could I have asked for?
This one is like a mirror image reflected on the pond.
Later in the afternoon after a long nap and a dip in the hotel’s jacuzzi, we returned to this pond area for the “Golden Hour” – the time right around sunrise or sunset when the light is soft and perfect for taking photos. I set up our tripod and started clicking.

I love it when Mother Nature exposes herself like this and you can’t help but stare breathlessly at her beauty. The crisp, fall air, the brilliant blues and soft yellows in the sky and the reflections from the trees made for ideal photos.
On the way driving back to our hotel, my husband nearly abruptly stopped in the middle of the road. “Look!” he exclaimed.

While I had been looking out my window for more water reflection picture-taking opportunities, the sky had turned brilliant shades of magentas and violets on the other side. We found a parking spot just on the outskirts of the village of Białowieża, where we were staying.

Again, Mother Nature opened up her skies and I took advantage of it.
This photo is my favorite of them all. I love the pinks in the sky!

I knew our forest trip was going to be a memorable experience, but I hadn’t planned on seeing such a splendid Golden Hour as this one!
Water reflections at dawn during our hike in the forest.

For some tips on how to shoot the best water reflections, check out the Digital Photography School.

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2 comments:

Backto Bodrum said...

Because I'm mostly by the sea, I rarely see this kind of reflection - beautifully captured.

Joy said...

@Annie, thank you! I bet you see some pretty fantastic sunsets too though by Bodrum!

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