50 Stunning Examples Of Reflective Photography


Using reflections in photography can lead to some amazing effects and beautiful images. Using water, windows, mirrors or any sort of reflective surface can change an image into a work of art. The wonderful thing about using reflections when taking photos is that they can completely alter the image from something fairly straightforward to something richer or abstract or otherwise more artistic. Sometimes reflections can be annoying and certainly not artistic. But creativity and good-quality photos depend on the photographer being able to see things differently, rather than seeing only one part of a larger whole.

Also, using reflected light can vastly improve the quality of lighting available. Diffused light is generally better for taking photos, and using reflected light, either as the main source of light or for highlighting, is an excellent way to capture diffused light.

Whether you choose to use reflection in an artistic way or as a source of lightning, learning to use reflections in photography will help take your photographic skills to the next level.

Below we present over 50 beautiful examples of reflective photography. All examples are linked to their sources. Below, you can also explore other works of the photographers we’ve featured here.

You may also want to take a look at the following related showcases:

Showcase Of Photos With Reflections:

Philippe Sainte-Laudy9168357








François Raimbaud15


Antti-Jussi Liikala17


Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir19


Azzam Merchant10521




Barbara Jones25


Julio Salinas27




Lynnette Henderson31


Janusz Leszczynski33


Philippe Sainte-Laudy9168357


Nejdet Düzen37






Xhengis Aliu43


Ali Al-Zaidi45




Alfredo Corsaro49


5348 Franco51






Lars A. Giusti58


Static Sparks60


Linda O’Dell62




Apricot Cafe66


Philippe Sainte-Laudy9168357



Philipp Klinger71


Seldon Scott73






Jörg B.79




Ihdar Nur83


Omar Junior85


Mine Beyaz87


AmsterS@m The Wicked Reflectah89
“Old School Beauty BMW reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam…no Photoshop, as usual, just some added saturation and contrast.”


Philippe Sainte-Laudy9168357




Mackay Botanical Gardens, QLD Australia.Screenshot95



Sean Mantey98


Steve Carter100



Last Click



Azzam Merchant10521


Francesca Birini107



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  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/14/let-there-be-light-light-paintings-and-sculptures/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
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  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2284200542/in/set-72057594139995945/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2165755911/in/set-72057594139995945/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/people/merwells/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/merwells/464167469/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/merwells/2872983631/
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/people/mikapache/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikapache/2835109581/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/people/raimbaud/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/raimbaud/2688462025/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/people/rotametri/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rotametri/3024390419/
  19. 19 http://www.rebekkagudleifs.com
  20. 20 http://www.rebekkagudleifs.com
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/people/azzammerchant/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/azzammerchant/2424143329/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/azzammerchant/2484857604/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/azzammerchant/2547818726/in/set-72157603409927901/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/people/babsphotosecosse/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/babsphotosecosse/3016655308/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/people/julio_salinas/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/julio_salinas/215778708/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/people/24894289@N08/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24894289@N08/2907970995/
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/people/lynnette_henderson/
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lynnette_henderson/2513227934/
  33. 33 http://flickr.com/people/januszbc/
  34. 34 http://flickr.com/photos/januszbc/2597363478/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/people/pilou/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2878792656/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/people/nejdetduzen/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2544745039/in/set-72157603549084704/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/sets/72157603549084704/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2848424240/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2003691099/in/set-72157603549084704/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2330667941/in/set-72157603549084704/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/people/xhengis/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/xhengis/499132985/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/people/ali-alzaidi/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ali-alzaidi/3059266891/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/people/81015532@N00/
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  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/people/netfred-2007/
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  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/people/12708811@N07/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/12708811@N07/2633069893/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/atwose/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/atwose/401006189/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/matey/
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bamawester/
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/matey/2221074664/
  58. 58 http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/gallery.asp?memberID=78345
  59. 59 http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/gallery.asp?memberID=78345
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/josephsparks/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/josephsparks/2724787793/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/people/lindabjork/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindabjork/2115430075/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/people/tinygdynamite/
  65. 65 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinygdynamite/2810210249/
  66. 66 http://flickr.com/people/acafe/
  67. 67 http://flickr.com/photos/acafe/478403242/
  68. 68 http://www.flickr.com/people/pilou/
  69. 69 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2594011745/
  70. 70 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2614724709/
  71. 71 http://www.flickr.com/people/dcdead/
  72. 72 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcdead/2363635002/
  73. 73 http://www.flickr.com/people/seldonscott/
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  75. 75 http://www.flickr.com/people/visionairy/
  76. 76 http://www.flickr.com/photos/visionairy/515153419/
  77. 77 http://www.flickr.com/people/beginasyouare/
  78. 78 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beginasyouare/389577096/
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/people/jmbgermany/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmbgermany/2805977483/
  81. 81 http://www.flickr.com/people/vedd/
  82. 82 http://www.flickr.com/photos/vedd/359097026/
  83. 83 http://1x.com/member/5848/ihdar-nur/
  84. 84 http://1x.com/member/5848/ihdar-nur/
  85. 85 http://www.flickr.com/people/omarjunior/
  86. 86 http://www.flickr.com/photos/omarjunior/2776589702/
  87. 87 http://www.flickr.com/photos/minebeyaz/2588686759/
  88. 88 http://www.flickr.com/photos/minebeyaz/2588686759/
  89. 89 http://flickr.com/people/amstersam/
  90. 90 http://flickr.com/photos/amstersam/517386614/
  91. 91 http://www.flickr.com/people/pilou/
  92. 92 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2589605396/in/set-72057594139995945/
  93. 93 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2671080093/in/set-72057594139995945/
  94. 94 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hypergurl/
  95. 95 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hypergurl/1460521373/
  96. 96 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maureeng/
  97. 97 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maureeng/1849716181/
  98. 98 http://www.flickr.com/photos/manteys/
  99. 99 http://www.flickr.com/photos/88667970@N00/2375335109/
  100. 100 http://www.stevecarter.com
  101. 101 http://www.stevecarter.com
  102. 102 http://www.stevecarter.com
  103. 103 http://www.flickr.com/people/risquillo/
  104. 104 http://www.flickr.com/photos/risquillo/654357460/
  105. 105 http://www.flickr.com/people/azzammerchant/
  106. 106 http://www.flickr.com/photos/azzammerchant/2706235403/
  107. 107 http://www.flickr.com/people/firenzesca/
  108. 108 http://www.flickr.com/photos/firenzesca/1140650861/
  109. 109 http://weburbanist.com/2008/11/21/21-impressive-examples-of-reflective-and-symmetrical-photography/
  110. 110 http://www.flickr.com/photos/amstersam/sets/72157594444228243/
  111. 111 http://flickr.com/groups/592533@N25/
  112. 112 http://flickr.com/groups/reflejos_20_reflections/
  113. 113 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  114. 114 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
  115. 115 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  116. 116 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/14/let-there-be-light-light-paintings-and-sculptures/
  117. 117 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  118. 118 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/

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  1. 1

    cool! thank’s

  2. 2

    Nice collection :) here is one of my photos with reflection :)


  3. 3

    Great images. Very inspiring work. Love to know what equipment some of them were taken with. Well done for putting these together.

  4. 4

    it’s funny, how colors changed after digital photography and photoshop postprocessing came up. it’s much more brilliant and contrasted and the effect of the movement of the picture as itself is more merging into the search of detailed information in big connotations – this search for deep meanings and expressions in photography was always there, the perspective is just changing a lot through modern equipment.

    anyway, sometimes there was a “wow” looking at the pictures of this list.

  5. 5

    Great collection of photos!

  6. 6

    Thanks. great photos. !!!

  7. 7


    November 30, 2008 3:36 pm

    Nice colors – but Some are a bit too Photoshopped

  8. 8

    Thanks =)

  9. 9

    I miss the days of the darkroom….

  10. 10

    I also got to great examples photographed by me right here:
    Water reflection
    The world seen through my eyes

  11. 11

    Awesome selection!

  12. 12

    Eric- New Orleans Condos and Lofts

    November 30, 2008 6:34 pm

    Lools like water and clouds are in a lot of these. You gave me some great ideas.

  13. 13


    November 30, 2008 6:43 pm

    Great Collection!

  14. 14


  15. 15

    Amazing collection. a smash hit.

  16. 16

    Some of them are truly amazing! Some of them are a bit ‘regular’ though inspiring. Thanks.

  17. 17
  18. 18

    I’m a sucker for a good reflective photograph with still water and a few lights like the Kristy Lee, Hobart taken a few nights ago.

    Nice set. HDR is starting to wear a bit thin on me though, its getting oversold lately IMO.

  19. 19

    Thanks for giving so many new ideas!

  20. 20


    I like all these, but my first one is “Linda O’Dell”

  21. 21
  22. 22

    i hate this ucking HDR.

  23. 23

    Though some of these underwent Photoshop and what nots, it would have been kick a$$ if they were raw…Im not complaining, I mean Im a photographer myself and I know that mastering the camera is no palk in the wark…I mean…Walk in the Park…beautiful post of really inspiring images and place i wish I could afford to go to someday.

  24. 24

    I think that the reflection in the geko last click is a post-production fake reflection (waves can’t be like that).

    Also: I like when a photo with reflection is flipped uspide down, like this one from a friend of mine. Original and clever!

  25. 25

    stunning! love the castle!

  26. 26

    Francesco Carrella

    December 1, 2008 1:27 am

    I have this example of reflective photo.. :]

  27. 27

    Maybe too picky, but at least a couple of them are not reflections, but refractions. :-)
    Nice set, anyway

  28. 28

    Some awesome shots there :-)

    Two of my reflection shots on flickr
    B&W with colour
    Marina at Night

  29. 29

    Amateur Photographer

    December 1, 2008 2:23 am

    some nice shots on here.

  30. 30

    Düzen’s the MASTER!!!
    Great shoots.


  31. 31

    I love these, I like to capture reflections in my oil paintings it’s one of my favorite thing about painting in oils.

    I even did a reflection in my logo on my website :) not an art site :)

  32. 32

    Very beautiful images thanks so much for sharing these!
    If i could share some of my reflective images…


    Hope you liked

  33. 33

    the third photo from the bottom has a faked reflection. (bad one too)
    It most likely was never near water at the time of the photo.

    all else are nice.

    ..well, except for the exaggerated HDR in some.

  34. 34
  35. 35

    Great inspiration in this post, thanks.

  36. 36

    These images are beautifull! Thanks for sharing

  37. 37
  38. 38

    Stunning! Great pictures…

  39. 39

    Thanks for showcasing my picture on the Wawasan bridge!

  40. 40

    Hehe…yes the Gecko is a digital reflection. Most likely done with Flaming Pear’s “Flood” plugin, which actually is a great plugin for reflections. A roll of the random seed dice might have made a better effect though.

    I’m stilll shocked that people take the time to leave messages like “these have nothing to do with design”.

    It’s called INSPIRATION.

    Any graphic designer worth their salt has a creative bug in them, and should have hobbies including photography. It’s all in the eye people… composition, framing etc.

    Good times!

  41. 41

    mmmm too much saturation, sharpen, contrast for my taste. Even if subject matter is interesting there’s too much post processing going on. Effects up to eleven FTL.

  42. 42

    Amazing. Thanks!

  43. 43
  44. 44

    >Elumalai: The “photo” by Linda O’Dell was created digitally. The real reflection on the water would not skew proportions and the perspective would be slightly different.

  45. 45

    Thanks to the eds for picking up my photo! To anyone who is curious I shot it with a Nikon D100 an old and nearly broken 14mm f/3.5 that I picked up on ebay some years ago. As with all the images of which I am proud, it is the product less of meticulous work and more of being the lucky one to walk by the cabin at the right time. “f/8 and be there” will hold true no matter whether post is in the dark room or the cpu!

  46. 46

    Very nice work. Thou i have this feeling some of them are photoshoped, if there not photoshoped then its ashame as they feel photoshoped. Allot of these look like there not fully created by a camera. Anyways allot of them are really nice, so good work :)

  47. 47

    as always…love the photograph posts. very inspirational!

  48. 48

    Vedd, thought you’d like the inside reflection at Christmas time here: http://www.wels.net/s3/uploaded/76992/treeview.jpg

  49. 49

    You missed one guy’s worked… He was featured in Time magazine some years back for his mostly reflective photography on the beaches of Karachi. See his work on flickr.

  50. 50
  51. 51

    I love the focus points. It is amazing to see itmes in the forground blurry with a focus point through water or similar items. Also reflective framing is also fantastic. Always love eye candy.

  52. 52

    This photographer has very good reflections photos


  53. 53

    You’ve gotta see the work of Gilad Benari, he’s awesome using reflections. http://gilad.deviantart.com/gallery

    Awesome list nonetheless.


  54. 54

    What an inspiring collection of reflections.

    I captured some wonderful reflections in Rome and Venice recently, not only in canals and puddles, but also on cars and in windows which made for some great results.

    Check them out here: Projectwoman.com

  55. 55

    “Hehe…yes the Gecko is a digital reflection. Most likely done with Flaming Pear’s “Flood” plugin, which actually is a great plugin for reflections.”
    not only that one, several others as well (except for the gecko, there are 3 other really evident ones). it’s a shame, as the real ones in this bunch are truly stunning. the first one reminds me of The Shining ;)

  56. 56

    Can t beleive how much these are photoshoped!!
    Do we talk about photography or virtual imagery!???
    Sorry, looks like crap

  57. 57

    Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing :)

  58. 58

    Some of them are made using HDR techniques but not overdone.

  59. 59
  60. 60

    http://www.megapixelphotos.com/index.php?showimage=327 <– Another cloud gate example.

    Also hard to believe a US monument in the reflecting pool wasnt there but I suppose there are a lot of those..

  61. 61

    great ! ..thank’s for sharing.

  62. 62

    Stunning pictures!
    I have taken a reflection picture of my friend. It is a different style, where a sunset reflects on his glasses. Tell me what you think!


  63. 63

    Incredible. Smashing Collection as usual

    Visit My ArtWord on my blog

  64. 64

    whats so stunning? how easy it is to use photoshop?

  65. 65

    Great Pictures, Thanks!

    Here are some more great reflection-pictures i found recently. The second one is my absolute favorite.

    Picture Nr 1
    Picutre Nr 2
    Picture Nr 3

  66. 66

    wheres the reflecto-porn

  67. 67

    Artturi Mäntysaari

    December 4, 2008 9:26 am

    Here is one of my photos with reflection: http://www.harhakuva.org/view/117609

    (sorry finnish language)

  68. 68

    One of my favourite pictures I’ve ever taken is a reflection pic, here.

    A lot of them were stunning, some.. not so much.

  69. 69

    Wayfaring Wanderer

    December 5, 2008 7:41 am

    I really liked that feather shot, and the last one, too. Who can beat an awesome reflection mixed with some sunset silhouettes…..dream photo!

    “But creativity and good-quality photos depend on the photographer being able to see things differently, rather than seeing only one part of a larger whole.” AMEN TO THAT!!!!!!

  70. 70

    if all these werent photoshoped i would like them. but the computer is taking away form the true beauty of life, i stick to film and that’s what i prefer. the real deal.

  71. 71

    thanks, it’s a real inspiration!!!! lovely pieces of work …this things i’m looking at …wow

  72. 72

    Too bad a lot of these are photoshopped.

    These are some good reflective pictures.

  73. 73

    what's up with dolphins?

    December 9, 2008 12:48 am

    Dolphins aren’t that great . . .
    That’s right, I said it. Dolphins. Not that smart. Do you think a dolphin could take a picture?

  74. 74

    beautiful photographs, fantastic locations, treat for the eye, love it.

  75. 75

    i luv it!!!
    i wish i can go 2 those places!

  76. 76

    every one of them photoshopped within an inch of their lives

  77. 77

    赞!how beautiful

  78. 78

    Christopher L Moore

    January 1, 2009 5:56 pm

    Several of those were actually better examples of Refraction not Reflection (Looking through a clear droplet http://www.flickr.com/photos/12708811@N07/2633069893/ or glass of water http://www.flickr.com/photos/merwells/464167469/) It is otherwise a nice collection.

  79. 79

    Most of the shots are good ones, but some are a bit oversaturated and artificial amateur pictures, not really suitable for demonstration in a high class place like this one – in my opinion.

  80. 80

    muito lindas as imagens

  81. 81

    Reflections really amplify the beauty of a photograph… Very nice job here; thank you for sharing.

  82. 82


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  83. 83

    very beautiful pictures ” great” thanks

  84. 84

    Nice. Perhaps a little heavy on the saturation and/or dynamic range ‘cranks’ in photo shop, but nice example of reflections none the less.

  85. 85

    fantastic work,the best one is the 1st one.

  86. 86

    soooo pretty!

  87. 87

    Glorious, gorgeous and great! Loved looking at all these beautiful images – inspirational, thank you :)

  88. 88

    beatiful pictures!!
    thanks for sharing.

  89. 89

    So I was wondering about settings on a manual non digital camera?

  90. 90

    Some pictures are really beautiful.

  91. 91

    amazing and cool picsssssss !!!!!!!!!

  92. 92

    not top 50 photos here.. but top 50 photoshop examples.
    yes, the final picture is beautiful.. but its not REAL photo anymore, if all visual effects, colors and mirrors was changed or modified by some image redactor.

  93. 93

    All I can say is Wow! Great photographs.

  94. 94

    The photographs here are sadly not quite there inter,s of quality or content. They are poor cases of bad pj photography.

  95. 95

    they started off good but then i realized that some of these pictures where PHOTOSHOPED ! It upset me cause i believed the pictures where so magical when indeed it was not even taken that way.

  96. 96

    rosemary pasillas

    December 15, 2009 3:22 pm

    it was gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  97. 97

    I am so convinced that reflections can play a key role in composition that I drafted a page with my thoughts and suggestions along with a selection of good and useful pictures.
    Yet I do not understand why a lot of people insist on creating fake reflections by photoshopping flat and poor images: the true fun is to look for genuine reflections in the real world around us! :-)

  98. 98

    How are reflective pictures made? The ones where they show one picture and another different picture when you look at them at different angles.

  99. 99

    amazing photos.

  100. 100


  101. 101

    YAYYY! =) <3

  102. 102

    i love her ^^

  103. 103

    Yippieeeeee ! Photography is so AWESOME!

  104. 104

    Mrs. Solliday is awesomeness to the max! <3

  105. 105

    Mrs. Sollidays class rocks!!!!

  106. 106


  107. 107

    some one else commet if yo r in mrs bodells class

  108. 108

    where can you get one of those glass balls with the great reflections?

  109. 109

    Beautiful collection of reflective images – it’s a technique I’ve used extensively myself – http://blog.formidablephotography.com/category/photoblog-archives/reflections-photoblog-archives/

  110. 110

    Brenda De Leon

    July 6, 2012 1:57 am

    This is awesome i love all the pictures they look so beautiful. <3

  111. 111

    Hi, I am trying to trace who owns the copyright to a picture you have featured on your site and wonder if you can help. There doesn’t seem to be a way of attaching the image here so maybe you can drop me a line. Thank you.

  112. 112

    wooooooooooooooooooow its funnnnyyyy

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