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50 Stunning Examples Of Reflection Photography

Using reflection 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. [Content Care Nov/04/2016]

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.

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

Showcase Of Photos With Reflections: Link

Philippe Sainte-Laudy7858306

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Mik12

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François Raimbaud14

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Antti-Jussi Liikala16

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Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir18

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Azzam Merchant

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Barbara Jones20

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Julio Salinas22

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kern.justin24

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Lynnette Henderson26

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Janusz Leszczynski28

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Philippe Sainte-Laudy7858306

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Nejdet Düzen32

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Xhengis Aliu38

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Ali Al-Zaidi40

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Chiara42

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Alfredo Corsaro44

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5348 Franco

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Atwose46

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Matey48

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Lars A. Giusti

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Static Sparks50

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Linda O’Dell52

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tinygdynamite54

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Apricot Cafe56

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Philippe Sainte-Laudy7858306

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Philipp Klinger61

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Seldon Scott63

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VISION~AIRY~65

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Mike_tn

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Jörg B.67

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vedd69

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Ihdar Nur71

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Omar Junior72

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Mine Beyaz74

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AmsterS@m The Wicked Reflectah76
“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-Laudy7858306

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Hypergurl81

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Maureen_g83

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Sean Mantey

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Steve Carter

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Azzam Merchant

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/14/let-there-be-light-light-paintings-and-sculptures/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/people/pilou/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2284200542/in/set-72057594139995945/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2165755911/in/set-72057594139995945/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/people/merwells/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/merwells/464167469/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/merwells/2872983631/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/people/mikapache/
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikapache/2835109581/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/people/raimbaud/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/raimbaud/2688462025/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/people/rotametri/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rotametri/3024390419/
  18. 18 http://www.rebekkagudleifs.com
  19. 19 http://www.rebekkagudleifs.com
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/people/babsphotosecosse/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/babsphotosecosse/3016655308/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/people/julio_salinas/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/julio_salinas/215778708/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/people/24894289@N08/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24894289@N08/2907970995/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/people/lynnette_henderson/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lynnette_henderson/2513227934/
  28. 28 http://flickr.com/people/januszbc/
  29. 29 http://flickr.com/photos/januszbc/2597363478/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/people/pilou/
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2878792656/
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/people/nejdetduzen/
  33. 33 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2544745039/in/set-72157603549084704/
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/sets/72157603549084704/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2848424240/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2003691099/in/set-72157603549084704/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2330667941/in/set-72157603549084704/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/people/xhengis/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/xhengis/499132985/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/people/ali-alzaidi/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ali-alzaidi/3059266891/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/people/81015532@N00/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/81015532@N00/2021316359/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/people/netfred-2007/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/netfred-2007/2014991455/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/atwose/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/atwose/401006189/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/matey/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/matey/2221074664/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/josephsparks/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/josephsparks/2724787793/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/people/lindabjork/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindabjork/2115430075/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/people/tinygdynamite/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinygdynamite/2810210249/
  56. 56 http://flickr.com/people/acafe/
  57. 57 http://flickr.com/photos/acafe/478403242/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/people/pilou/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2594011745/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2614724709/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/people/dcdead/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcdead/2363635002/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/people/seldonscott/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/photos/seldonscott/2595748155/
  65. 65 http://www.flickr.com/people/visionairy/
  66. 66 http://www.flickr.com/photos/visionairy/515153419/
  67. 67 http://www.flickr.com/people/jmbgermany/
  68. 68 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmbgermany/2805977483/
  69. 69 http://www.flickr.com/people/vedd/
  70. 70 http://www.flickr.com/photos/vedd/359097026/
  71. 71 http://1x.com/member/5848/ihdar-nur/
  72. 72 http://www.flickr.com/people/omarjunior/
  73. 73 http://www.flickr.com/photos/omarjunior/2776589702/
  74. 74 http://www.flickr.com/photos/minebeyaz/2588686759/
  75. 75 http://www.flickr.com/photos/minebeyaz/2588686759/
  76. 76 http://flickr.com/people/amstersam/
  77. 77 http://flickr.com/photos/amstersam/517386614/
  78. 78 http://www.flickr.com/people/pilou/
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2589605396/in/set-72057594139995945/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2671080093/in/set-72057594139995945/
  81. 81 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hypergurl/
  82. 82 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hypergurl/1460521373/
  83. 83 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maureeng/
  84. 84 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maureeng/1849716181/
  85. 85 http://www.flickr.com/people/risquillo/
  86. 86 http://www.flickr.com/photos/risquillo/654357460/
  87. 87 http://www.flickr.com/people/firenzesca/
  88. 88 http://www.flickr.com/photos/firenzesca/1140650861/
  89. 89 http://weburbanist.com/2008/11/21/21-impressive-examples-of-reflective-and-symmetrical-photography/
  90. 90 http://www.flickr.com/photos/amstersam/sets/72157594444228243/
  91. 91 http://flickr.com/groups/592533@N25/
  92. 92 http://flickr.com/groups/reflejos_20_reflections/

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Vailancio Rodrigues is a web ninja who bakes semantic muffins. Apart from that he is also interested in Motion Graphics, Visual Effects, Photography and knows little bit of Physics due to his college education . He is from Goa - a beautiful tropical paradise in India.

  1. 1

    cool! thank’s

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  2. 2

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

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    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.

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  4. 4

    Great collection of photos!

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  5. 5

    Thanks. great photos. !!!

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  6. 6

    Niiiice!!
    Thanks =)

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  7. 7

    I miss the days of the darkroom….

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  8. 8

    Awesome selection!

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    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.

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  10. 10

    Gorgeous!!!!!

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  11. 11

    Amazing collection. a smash hit.

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  12. 12

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

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  13. 13

    Thanks for giving so many new ideas!

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  14. 14

    Amazing!!!

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

    -3
  15. 15

    i hate this ucking HDR.

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  16. 16

    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.

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  17. 17

    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!

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  18. 18

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

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  19. 19

    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 :)

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  20. 20

    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.

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  21. 21

    Great inspiration in this post, thanks.

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  22. 22

    Stunning! Great pictures…

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  23. 23

    Thanks for showcasing my picture on the Wawasan bridge!

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  24. 24

    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!

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  25. 25

    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.

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    Amazing. Thanks!

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  27. 27

    stunning! love the castle!

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  28. 28

    >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.

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  29. 29

    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!

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  30. 30

    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 :)

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  31. 31

    as always…love the photograph posts. very inspirational!

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  32. 32

    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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  33. 33

    “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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  34. 34

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

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  35. 35

    Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing :)

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  36. 36

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

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  37. 37

    great ! ..thank’s for sharing.

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  38. 38

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

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  39. 39

    wheres the reflecto-porn

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    p33nicorn on dA

    December 4, 2008 2:55 pm

    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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  42. 42

    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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  43. 43

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

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  44. 44

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

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  45. 45

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

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  46. 46

    every one of them photoshopped within an inch of their lives

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  47. 47

    赞!how beautiful

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  48. 48

    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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  49. 49

    muito lindas as imagens

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  50. 50

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

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  51. 51

    very beautiful pictures ” great” thanks

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  52. 52

    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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  53. 53

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

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  54. 54

    soooo pretty!

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  55. 55

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

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  56. 56

    beatiful pictures!!
    thanks for sharing.

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  57. 57

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

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  58. 58

    Shrikant Kelkar

    April 13, 2009 11:57 pm

    Some pictures are really beautiful.

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    Sohni mutiar

    June 21, 2009 2:04 pm

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

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  60. 60

    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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  61. 61

    All I can say is Wow! Great photographs.

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  62. 62

    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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  63. 63

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -1
  65. 65

    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! :-)

    -1
  66. 66

    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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  67. 67

    amazing photos.

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    Nicole Patchyfer

    November 10, 2010 8:04 am

    YAYYY! =) <3

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    YAYAYAYAYAYYYYY! :D<3

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    Matt Gerberbaby

    November 10, 2010 8:05 am

    i love her ^^

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    Nicole Patchyfer

    November 10, 2010 8:06 am

    Yippieeeeee ! Photography is so AWESOME!

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    Nicole Patchyfer

    November 10, 2010 8:08 am

    Mrs. Solliday is awesomeness to the max! <3

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    photo class 101

    November 10, 2010 8:13 am

    Mrs. Sollidays class rocks!!!!

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  74. 74

    awesome

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    elena stanton

    June 7, 2011 12:31 pm

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

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  76. 76

    Brenda De Leon

    July 6, 2012 1:57 am

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

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  77. 77

    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.

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    fathima shahnaz

    September 4, 2013 4:53 pm

    wooooooooooooooooooow its funnnnyyyy

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