Great Egret 012116f copy

Okay so the title could mean I am reflecting on the week in Florida, or the Great Egret sees it’s reflection, or a tip on photographing reflections.
In this case it is the latter I am referring to actually. Capturing reflections is something we all like to do because it adds a completely different element to the image. To capture reflections first make sure you reduce the effect of a circular polarizer if you are using one. A natural looking reflection in a landscape is either equal to or a stop or so darker than the sky depending upon whether it is in the same light or not. I often see images where the reflection is brighter than the sky it is reflecting. I don’t like to criticize other photographer’s images, but I do have to say, it makes the image look too unnatural and sort of pulls me out of the frame from viewing. Learning to meter the sky and reflection will help a photographer learn what Graduated Neutral Density filter to use, if any. I typically rely on the filter inside of Lightroom CC, it is more accurate and easier to apply if lighting permits.
Great Egret at Black Point, Merritt Island, FL. Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Mode, f8, ISO 400, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/1600th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, Peak Design strap, Lowepro photo backpack, Mix Camerawerx Spot Shot, processed in Lightroom CC.

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