The water I walked on today (!) at Chickering Bog was frozen, such a delight to explore a place that is very challenging to reach in warmer temperatures.
Looking back to photographs I made last fall, especially on one amazing day of reflections in Middlesex, there were two I wanted to share. They are very different and illustrate some of what I’ve learned over the years.
I look for the texture of the water and for what is being reflected. It is a combination of the two that lead to magical seeing. I found many textures work from still and mirror-like to slow-moving to strong, standing ripples. I’ve even been known to toss a stone in the water to get things stirred up!
I like to find a spot reflecting a mix of colors. Deep blue sky and white clouds can be gorgeous pieces of the puzzle but a slate gray sky with black tree trunks can also be stunning. I also always need to remind myself that moving my point of view even an inch up or down or left or right can change the entire image—for better or worse!
The angle of viewing (or a polarizing filter!) determines how much I see of the surface and the bottom, given that the water is clear. Working in both dimensions brings many additional exciting opportunities and variables.