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El Capitan Reflection, Yosemite

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 20 January 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

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A reflection like this requires clean air, still wind, and quiet water. It's best when reflective subject is sunlit and the reflective surface is shaded.

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Daniel from Kenmare, Ireland

very still.

20 Jan 2011 6:09am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW! These reflections are amazing! So crisp and clear. I love the colours as well

20 Jan 2011 11:53am

PD from Kansas, United States

Great shot!

20 Jan 2011 1:50pm

Julie from Easton, United States

What beautiful reflections! Well done!!!

20 Jan 2011 2:27pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Gary - I just read your post on this wonderful image, using music as a basis for comparison. I LOVE the analogy! Having been a VERY amateur musician at one point in my life (but always being a LOVER of music), I totally connected with your take here! The inspiration we gain from artists whom we revere,is what ultimately drives us onward. The actions that we take following an inspirational experience in music and in art almost invariably begin (I feel) with SOME amount of "copying," but, as you have so eloquently stated, at SOME point, we need to move from there, using it as a "base" but opening our hearts and minds to our own emotions and whims and feelings about a scene. We may never find completely what we want but the seeking of it drives us onward. I know that your words and your images are inspiring to me and I know that they are to others as well. I always try to "shake things up" when working a scene...most times I fail but once in a while it looks pretty good for an old duffer...so i move on...Using your work and your words as my inspiration make all the difference to me!!

20 Jan 2011 4:48pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks, Denny. I always appreciate the time and thought you put into your comments. I hope nobody reads my blog as a criticism--it's really meant to challenge any photographer, myself included, to be better.

guillaume from Paris, France

Fantastic reflection !

20 Jan 2011 11:26pm

Henrik Herskind from Copenhagen, Denmark

Solemn grandiosity!

20 Jan 2011 11:57pm

Bill Laing from Pacific Northwest, United States

The commentary you posted in your other blog re this image and the process of making it, was very though-provoking. Thank you for sharing that. This is certainly exquisite--and beyond Layla.

21 Jan 2011 4:05am

Cherished Keepsake Photography from Chapmanville, United States

stunning as always

21 Jan 2011 4:33am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superb example of how to look for unique point of view and composition within a larger view! i really like your focus on reflections here - the water surface has provided you with a perfect mirror and you made the most of it!

21 Jan 2011 5:54am

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

I read your wordpress and you are so right. I think many people imitate because they want to learn how another person did it.. study them perhaps. Maybe some of them get caught up in it though and never divert from the more traditional, previously seen shots. I think I'm somewhat blessed that I'm still stumbling with my camera and not trying to do that :D Your choice to show your scene mostly in reflection isn't new, I don't think there is anything we can do that is entirely unique.. but the way you broke up the reflection with the rocks jutting out of the water and that little grassy 'island' is really trademark of how much thought you put into your shots and definitely reflective of your style, um.. okay pun intended too. We should all, particularly myself, stop and think about what we shoot rather than hastily clicking off one after another to throw most of them out. Just beautiful.

23 Jan 2011 5:39am

@¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨: Thanks, Kristen. Yeah, I should have probably made it clear that I don't think I'm pioneering reflection photography. It's more that I want to challenge others (and myself) to look beyond the obvious capture to identify the elements that make a scene special. (You're actually very good at that.)

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

So sharp and clear that we do not know which side is right!

23 Jan 2011 11:52am

Babzy from Besançon, France

wow, i love the scene ,kind of third dimension landscape :)

24 Jan 2011 8:34am

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

I think in writing, in art, music.. etc.. all things have been done before. That wasn't in any way meant to diminish what you create because your photography is breathtaking. It was to say, in agreement with you, that each individual puts a little spin on things, elements that they feel help define a moment like your rocks or sometimes the way you use sunlight.. reflections. And like you said, in doing so they are showing who they are, not imitating another photographer. You have said when you have your workshops and you are all looking at the same scene that each person captures something different, and it's true. In all honesty I can't imitate anyone because I don't know most times how they get to where they got.. I see things differently. So I am forced to do it my way sink or swim. I feel flattered you think that I'm good at it. I don't think about what I do too much and I probably should but part of me believes that if I think more.. I will 'create' less. Maybe I am wrong?

24 Jan 2011 9:19pm

@¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨: I agree, and in no way did I feel diminished. What makes me scratch my head is the people who seem solely motivated to collect the many cliché landscape images, like Horsetail Fall in Yosemite, Schwabacher's Landing in the Tetons, or a grizzly snatching a salmon from midair in Katmai. These are all great shots and there's nothing wrong with adding them to a portfolio, but by themselves they don't really say anything about the photographer except that he or she isn't terribly creative.

But anyway, thinking can really inhibit creativity, so whatever you're doing, don't stop. I try to do all my thinking before the shot (getting myself in the right place at the right time, identifying the compositional elements, figuring out exposure issues, etc.), but when it comes time to click the trigger, it's all about the way it feels.