50 Stunning Examples Of Reflective Photography

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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

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merriewells10

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Mik13

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François Raimbaud15

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Antti-Jussi Liikala17

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Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir19

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Azzam Merchant10521

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Barbara Jones25

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Julio Salinas27

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kern.justin29

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Lynnette Henderson31

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Janusz Leszczynski33

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Philippe Sainte-Laudy9168357

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Nejdet Düzen37

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Xhengis Aliu43

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Ali Al-Zaidi45

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Chiara47

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Alfredo Corsaro49

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5348 Franco51

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Atwose53

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Matey5556

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Lars A. Giusti58

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Static Sparks60

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Linda O’Dell62

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tinygdynamite64

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Apricot Cafe66

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Philippe Sainte-Laudy9168357

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Philipp Klinger71

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Seldon Scott73

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VISION~AIRY~75

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Mike_tn77

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Jörg B.79

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vedd81

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Ihdar Nur83

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Omar Junior85

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Mine Beyaz87

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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.”

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Philippe Sainte-Laudy9168357

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Hypergurl94

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Maureen_g96

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Sean Mantey98

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Steve Carter100

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Julio103

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Azzam Merchant10521

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Francesca Birini107

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  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/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/people/pilou/
  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/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/81015532@N00/2021316359/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/people/netfred-2007/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/netfred-2007/2014991455/
  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/
  74. 74 http://www.flickr.com/photos/seldonscott/2595748155/
  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

    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.

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  2. 52

    This photographer has very good reflections photos

    http://www.filipebianchi.com

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

    Awesome list nonetheless.

    .SCHL

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    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

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    “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 ;)

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  6. 256

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

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    Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing :)

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

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    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..

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    great ! ..thank’s for sharing.

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  12. 562

    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!

    http://www.antoyoussef.com/2008/09/antoine-watching-the-sunset-salar-de-atacama/

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    Incredible. Smashing Collection as usual

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    Angeloff

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

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    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

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    wheres the reflecto-porn

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    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)

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

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

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    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!!!!!!

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    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.

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

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    Too bad a lot of these are photoshopped.

    These are some good reflective pictures.
    http://robinsoulier.com/

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    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?

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

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  25. 1225

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

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    every one of them photoshopped within an inch of their lives

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    赞!how beautiful

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    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.

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  29. 1429

    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.

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    muito lindas as imagens

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

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  33. 1633

    very beautiful pictures ” great” thanks

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

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

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    soooo pretty!

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

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  38. 1888

    beatiful pictures!!
    thanks for sharing.

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

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    Some pictures are really beautiful.

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

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    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.
    sad.

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    All I can say is Wow! Great photographs.

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

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    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.

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    rosemary pasillas

    December 15, 2009 3:22 pm

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

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    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! :-)

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  48. 2398

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

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    amazing photos.

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    YAYAYAYAYAYYYYY! :D<3

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