I’ve learned that the essence of photography is light. Most likely it is the essence of everything, but this fact is most relevant in taking photos of reflection,especially nature scenes involving, light, water and wind[. To get a special combination of light and a calm wind, so that the surface of the water is like a mirror is the trick to getting a good reflection. It takes patience but it does pay off. However, a slight ripple in the water can bring about interesting results. When looking through the lens of the camera, look for interesting lines, forms and shapes rather than a concrete object Often the golden hours — the time just before sunset or at sunrise, when the light is soft on the water is a good time to get striking photos. Catch the wisps of fog as they dissipate Sitting by a mirrored lake, especially in early morning, as a new day dawns, can be a great time for self-reflection as well. A time to just be with yourself and take stock of things. Clear away the fog, so to speak.
A few years back, my husband Bill and I visited Connemara, the family home of Carl Sandburg. We were able to tour the home, walk the wooded paths around the lake, and follow a trail through the woods to a stony knoll where he wrote the poem, “The Fog”. How I admire the way he used imagery to describe the fog so succinctly: Talk about inspiration! After our walk we sat gazing at the lake, letting go of stress and relaxing into the lazy sunshine of a summer afternoon .
Fog (by Carl Sandburg)
The fog comes
on little cat feet
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
the fog, summoned by unseen hand, rises from the treetops
in wisps of ghostly gray
and melts into the waiting sky.
These two poems came out of that reflection/inspiration moment on our visit to Connemara.
Beneath the leafy canopy
we stroll one summer’s day
We pause along the woodland path
and watch the shadows play
As sunlight filters through the trees
and gentle breezes kiss my face
We know we’ve found a refuge here: a woodland home, a sacred place.
The placid waters of the lake
reflect the leaves of green
my thoughts lie calm, like waters still
my spirit is serene
I let fly loose the tension then
let go the stress and pain
and in my mind and in my soul
I am at peace again.
Here are some of my favorite reflection photos: