Capturing a birds reflection in a body of water is a unique way to capture wildlife that you don't see often in photographs. When done correctly, these reflections can create a painting-like affect that will take your wildlife photography to the next level. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
1. Find the right location
The key to capturing wildlife reflections is to find the right location next to water. Look for a calm body of water that is surrounded by nature and animals, such as a lake, pond, or river. It's also important to choose a location with a good view of the sky, as this will reflect in the water and add depth to your shot.
2. Wait for the right light
Lighting is critical when shooting wildlife reflections. You want to avoid harsh shadows and overcast days, as these can ruin the reflection in the water. Wait for a sunny day with a clear sky, and shoot either early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the light is soft and warm.
3. Get high
Getting high above the water is crucial when shooting wildlife reflections. You need to find the right angle to where you can see the reflection of your subject.
4. Use a telephoto lens
Usually you will need a telephoto lens for wildlife. Keeping a distance will help to not disturb your subject.
5. Use a tripod
Using a tripod will help you stabilize your camera and ensure a sharp photo. But wildlife often doesn't remain still, so don't take too long. If your shutter speed can account for hand holding your telephoto lens, this may be the optimal choice.
6. Flip your image
In your image editor you will need to flip your image and crop out part of the image you don't want to show.
In conclusion, shooting wildlife reflections in the water is a beautiful and unique way to capture nature. By finding the right location, waiting for the right light, getting the right angle, using a tripod, and paying attention to the background, you can create stunning, painting-like images that will take your wildlife photography to the next level.
A good quality tripod is an essential piece of equipment for any landscape photographer. Not only does it provide a stable platform for your camera gear, but it also allows you to take longer exposures capturing more details in your images.
One of the main benefits of a sturdy tripod is that it allows you to take sharp, clear photos even in low light conditions. By keeping your camera perfectly still, you can use slower shutter speeds without worrying about camera shake. This means you can shoot in lower light, especially in the early morning or late evening when the light is at its best.
Another benefit of a tripod is that it allows you to take photos at different angles and perspectives. By adjusting the legs and head of the tripod, you can easily change the angle of your camera to suit the composition of your shot. This allows you to experiment with different compositions and find the best angle for your subject.
A good tripod is also essential for capturing panoramic shots. By keeping your camera steady, you can take a series of photos that can be stitched together to create a panoramic image. This allows you to capture a much wider field of view than you would be able to with a single shot.
Click Here to check out my video, beyond the photograph, where I use a sturdy tripod
Examples of good tripods:
Never been to The Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, I wasn't really prepared for how massive these dunes are. Looking at photos online, It's difficult to get a feeling of scale, or size, of The Great Sand Dunes. The best way to display scale in a photograph, regardless of your perspective, is to add something to the scene that the brain can reference to find scale.
Usually, I don't like people in my landscapes. I would prefer a wild animal, or a bird, but because this is a pretty busy spot I left all the sand explorers in the shot so the viewer can really get a sense of scale.
I have paid for and been using Nik plugins for 15 plus years, I can't even remember when I started. I want to say maybe 2002??? I have used Nik plugins in my workflow ever since. I remember when Google bought out Nik and then gave the software to everyone for free 🤬. Now DxO has purchased Nik and wants me to re-purchase what I already bought years ago. I don't think Nik has changed much by the way.
In my journey to completely replace my Adobe Suite I found Affinity Photo 1.6 to replace Photoshop. It works great, better than Photoshop, for me, I absolutely love it. Affinity Photo released it's update to 1.7 and the Nik plugins don't work in 1.7 which is a bummer. Knowing this before I updated I also found a replacement for Nik.
For around the same price as Nik pluggins I decided to purchase Luminar by Skylum. It's an Adobe Lightroom Alternative. But for me, it's basically 90% Nik software, but better. You are getting Lightroom and Nik all in one. But wait, it gets better. Tooling around inside Luminar under plugins I found my Nik Plugins. THEY WORK inside Luminar. (I am using the latest version of Luminar)
This just might be best of both worlds! If you want to use your older Google Nik Collection Plugins with Adobe Alternatives, check out Luminar by Skylum and see if it will work for your workflow as it does for me.
I've never heard of LCD Soundsystem before I saw this video and despite being a pretty good song I was really blown away at the story being told. Why is this important? Story telling is missing in a lot of our photography and videos today. For me, I don't see it a lot. Why? Because I think it's not easy to do. When I do see a great story, whether in a single image or a video, it stops me and makes me think and feel. It's hard to explain but you probably know what I mean. In the music video, oh baby, I feel like I just watched a full blown movie with a beginning and an end and it leaves me wanting more.
Telling a story is easier said than done. I try to apply this in my own work Country Lady, The Prospector, Surfing Santas.
Using a little imagination, thinking about your shot a little more, what do you want to portray/project. What is the story you are trying to tell? How do you want people to think/feel about your work? Try to find elements other than just taking a snapshot makes for interesting imagery and you will make people feel and think too.
A couple weeks ago I was driving down the road, stopped at a four way, and took off when it was my turn to go. My phone was in my front pocket and as soon as I hit the gas it flew out with such force that it broke my screen. What does this have to do with editing photos? Well, with my old phone, I use to have great editing tools that just came with the phone. These editing tools were the same Nik plugins I use in Photoshop. So when I had to get a new phone, those same editing tools were gone. So, I searched out new editing tools in Google playbook. What I found was "snapseed". Google had made an app with those same editing features plus a lot more. I am back in business.
This is such a great tool for when you're on the go, or if you don't have a need for Photoshop. I can even wirelessly transfer my photos from my Sony camera to my phone for editing. This photo example below was shot with a cell phone camera and edited with "snapseed" to create a kind of old African safari postcard. You can download this great app for free. So get it, edit, and have fun with your photos.
This really isn't a "high noon" Nikon vs Sony shootout. I just happened to shoot with both cameras and the results, to me, are very interesting.These two cameras are very capable. I guess what strikes me is the Sony a6000 APC sensor looks just as good as my Nikon with nice bokeh, rich color, and sharp. To me the Sony is a lot sharper than my Nikon. I'm still blown away with the results this little a6000 produces. Both were shot in RAW. Both at f2.8.
So my question to you is: If I told you what camera I took these in, would it matter?
My dad recently bought the Sony RX100 III professional point and shoot camera. Recently, I had done a review of the Sony RX100 II and found it was an excellent camera, so I recommended it. We met up recently and I gave him some photo pointers and told him about my W.I.S.E. settings: (White Balance, ISO, Scene Selection, Exposure Compensation) to help him remember what settings to look after. Even though we got some pretty nice shots with the camera in scene mode I was trying to tell him that its not the end result. If you want the most out of your photos, you will need to edit them in Lightroom, Photoshop, or iPhoto, which ever you want to learn to create better photos.
As professional shooters, we sometimes fool amateurs into thinking that what they see in a our photos is exactly what we captured or we were at the right place at the right time to capture such magic. The truth is, and what I tried to explain to my dad, is that the photo process doesn't just end after the click of the shutter, there is still work to do to create that magic. The problem is, unless you take the time to create custom shooting settings to render your photos (basically Photoshop within your camera) then you have to post process. Most (ALL) cameras shoot flat. Meaning: no contrast (and other things). Even though you capture a great shot, and you say wow, you can make shots look even better.
Here are some before and after examples from the Sony RX100 III:
One thing I have noticed with Sony is that when you shoot around greenery the color cast in the photo gets really green. I've seen this in portraits as well. I don't see that too much in my Nikon, It's not necessarily a bad thing it just needs to be corrected. In the above photos I did basic contrast and color correcting.
Looking at this scene above with the old architecture and clouds would make a great black & white.
To make the above photo a bit more creepy I performed the basic corrections but also added a neat filter from the google nik plugins.
In this set of photos you can really see the flatness of the photo in the original. Adding correct contrast, color saturation and sharpness it really pops the image and creates a little more drama.
So just remember, with any camera: what you see is not always what you can get. Polish off your photos with a little post processing and make that snapshot a finished masterpiece.
I wanted to post up some photos that I took with the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition. The GoPro is a great video camera but it's also a really decent still camera. All the photos were edited with photoshop. http://goo.gl/3yDex
NOTE: The images in the video are cropped a little to fit in the 1920x1080 video aspect ratio.
I would like to sit here and tell you I waited for hours for just the right light and just the right moment to capture this image of a little girl going up to Santa. Sorry, the fact is, I did want this shot, I composed it, I thought about how I wanted it to look with the surfboards in the background. It would have been a pretty nice shot. It wasn't until I got home and looked at the file that I noticed the little girl stepping into my frame, not ruining my shot, but making it WAY better! My point is, sometimes it doesn't come down to skill or how many years you've been making photos, sometimes, it's just good ole' fashioned luck. So here it is below, one of my favorite photos from the Surfin Santas contest Cocoa Beach, FL 2014
I recently treated myself to a new smartphone, it was under $100 dollars and has a 8mp camera. The more I get use to using cameras that are not "pro" the more I like them. I always use my pro DSLR camera because it gives me flexibility and beautiful files, but having a phone with a camera that is always with me means I can shoot when the moment presents itself. Letting go of "everything needs to be shot on a pro camera" means I have more flexibility and more creativity. So check out these photos I shot with my cellphone camera, edited inside the phone and made them look their best. These will print decent at 8x10
I love the GoPro! It takes amazing video, but give this beast enough light and you can capture some stunning imagery. I always carry my GoPro Hero 3 in the dive housing. It provides great protection for this tiny camera. The one thing I love to do with my GoPro is to dip it in water half way to get a different perspective I cannot get with any other camera. I think the results are pretty amazing. This is a shot looking towards Flagler college from a fountain across the street in St. Augustine, FL.
I love Leo Carrillo State Beach. This place has way too many places to photograph and create stunning imagery. It's a must see beach, even if you don't own a camera. The sea caves are incredible.
Free Online Photo Editor for Your GoPro images: http://www.photoshop.com/tools
How To: The GoPro Hero Video and Photos are shot with a flat profile. This is to capture the most dynamic range in the scene. To get your GoPro photos to look even better you need to edit them. Adobe photoshop has a great free resource that allows anyone to upload and edit their photos online. Have fun with it and play around! Brett
I shot this photo with my GoPro Hero B.E. Handheld @ 1pm - middle of the day.
Have you ever wanted to photograph something in public and there are just too many people around your subject? This happens to me all the time. I see something I would love to photograph but I don't want all the people in my photo. One of the ways you can change this is by changing your perspective. Finding something within your subject, change your angle, or just get a piece of the subject to make an interesting photo. Or, you can try to wait a very long time for people to leave.
There was something kind of interesting to me about these pirate ship masts.