I recently showed three photographs reflections in water at the recent Valley Arts Photo Show at the Big Red Barn, a wonderful venue, especially when filled with hundreds of photographs from dozens of fellow photographers. I was all the more pleased—and honored—to have received an Honorable Mention for the photograph above, Reflections with Leaves.
Photographing reflections in water always transports me to magical places. While I can’t predict exactly what the photo will look like when I click the shutter, I have a pretty good idea when it will result in something astonishing.
I am fortunate to have discovered how to see such things and am pleased both to be recognized for that and to be able to share them. Thanks to all involved for a great show; I’m already looking forward to next year!
A note: People often comment that these sorts of images “must be Photoshopped,” as if that is some sort of sin (I don’t think it is, even if I’m not a big fan). The truth is tI do very little modification to my images. When I click the shutter, the sensor simply collects information and, given it is in RAW form, it seldom looks like what I was seeing. It is up to me, in software (Lightroom), to adjust that image—just as I used to do in the darkroom—so that it is either how I saw it or how I want others to see it. What you see here is as close to what I see as I can get and simply shows the miracles of water and light playing with each other as I found them.