If water is present you can create wonderfull reflections. When shooting in between the golden hour and with a polarisation filter even more breathtaking shot can be taken. In the Old abbey park in my village I took a lot of reflections.

Nikon D800 – 24 mm – ISO200 – 1/160 f/2,8

Polarizin’ sun rays

Light is a huge bunch of rays in a million different directions. Organising this give a lesser number of rays pointing in the same direction. Color on the other hand is the reflection of light on a given subject. A mass of rays from different directions are reflected on a subject give different color impression to the photographer. By using a polarisation filter on the camera, only organised rays enter the camera.

Common polarisation filters are circular and can be mounted on the objective of the camera. The filter can be turned around. It is only by turning that the right direction of light rays enter the camera. It results in a better color repartition and a deeper contrast of the image.

Of course when the sky is grey, the filter is useless.

This old factory is taken with a polarisation filter. It is visible trough the dramatically accentuated clouds.
This harvested field is taken without. The blue sky is not as blue as the sky in previous picture.
Again with a filter, a deeper blue sky and more contrast…

Getting wet…

When walking in the forest most photographers can not cross a little river whithout taking a picture. When the sun is at the right position and the light is soften by the treeleafs beautiful scenery’s can be made. Although the point of view is more or less high the perspective is good.

View from the bridge
I stood on the bridge over this little river. The point of view is high and there is a nice perspective.

A few days later I walked the same way with my 28mm f:1.8 on the camera and rubber boots on my feet. On the bridge over the Brook I stepped into the water and followed the flow. The result of a lower point of view was extraordinary better. Although the right side of the picture is rather dark due to the sun.

Getting my feet wet.
With the camera a few inches above the water I took this picture.

The picture above has been edited. A elliptical zone has been added to lighting up the right brook shore. There was also a little crop to optimize the view. One can understand the need to overview the taken pictures more than once.

Boots in the brook
Another view a few yards further in the brook.

A photographer is a kind of adventurer. The only difficulty in such an experiment is the balance. In the river with a camera in your hands it is not the moment to fall into the water. Climbing in and out of the brook is more than enough.

Blue or Gold?

Every dedicated photographer prefers to shoot on a specific time of the day. These time frames, so called blue hour or golden hour, is the result results of refracting sunlight on the atmosphère. Knowing when these frametimes are active, is not always easy. Lucky there are a bunch of applications on smartphones for this purpose.

Using this time frames one can make wonderfull shots. One disadvantage… You do not have the time to shoot on different locations in one time frame. Or you should run fast…very fast.

The San Angelo bridge in Rome during the evening golden hour time frame. The scene gets a “golden reddish ” glow by the lack of blue in the sunlight.

Monkeying and other funny stuff.

A weird phenomenon that can be viewed especially on touristic hotspots. Hundred an one pictures are taken by an equal amount of photographers. A few take their many pictures in a row, while most of the people look at the backscreen of their camera after each frame. They look to the picture they just took. That’s monkeying.

Another strange phenomenon is the thousands pictures that are taken with the cellphones. One day I stood in between a bunch of cellphone photographers and while they were taking pictures with their arms straight forward, I held my reflex camera on my ear and said ” Hello mister Smith, nice to hear you!”…

Why change camera?

On many occasions people ask me some advise by upgrading their camera. They realize that the upgrade can cost a lot of money. Why should they buy a new camera? Which kind of pictures they’re meanly taking ? Are they ready to carry a lot of weight?

To answer all these questions one need time and a lot of reading, A lot of reading and comparing…

It is a stupid decision to change your brand unless you got someone behind for buying your old stuff.

The gain in weight is the main reason to buy something completely different. All my equipment exceeds the maximum handlugage weight but that’s ok. Before going on a trip there is always a dilemma. What will I see and what will I freeze on the sensor.

One must make choices for themselves, buying a new and better body in combination with the existing objectives will cost money but buying a better ( faster) objective can bring more satisfaction. With a more sofisticated body , one will still have the restriction of the existing objective. I did neither got all the pro stuff at once, I had to save a lot of money and have to wait a lot of time. In that time I was not always satisfied with the quality of the pictures,

At the end I suggest people to look out for a better objective instead of buying a new camera. My advise is not always followed …