Delightful Puddles

 
Including the leaves in the water as an element, has made the image look like a layered painting. Photograph/Bryan Katz

Including the leaves in the water as an element, has made the image look like a layered painting. Photograph/Bryan Katz

This article was originally published in November 2014.

Surprises Lie Within
Puddles are quite unassuming and often overlooked. In fact, you are most likely jump across them, than notice them. It is because of this mundane quality that you can make astonishing images that other people are likely to miss. Since puddles form in depressions in the ground, they hold still water, creating a perfect reflective surface.

Walk by a puddle a few times in different directions and you will be surprised at what you can see in them. This is especially true of cities where people, animals, buildings and so on can form interesting little scenes.

Add to the Water
Make the humble puddle more interesting by adding things to it. Kick in a stone for some disturbance. Or touch your toe to get ripples. You could even pour some oil to get a pearly rainbow-like sheen, or use any other liquid that does not mix with water.

The ripples interrupting the perfect scene look like something out of a dream. Photograph/Ajai Krishnan

The ripplesĀ interrupting the perfect scene look like something out of a dream. Photograph/Ajai Krishnan

 

Angles Change All
To make a small puddle seem like a vast expanse, you could move lower and angle your camera such that it almost touches the surface of the water. But, be careful not to drop it in! This angle usually magnifies the scene in the reflection. Another thing you could do, is shoot an image while standing with your camera pointed downwards.

Create an Illusion
You can shoot only the reflection, leaving out the actual scene. You can even include foreground such as the grass, road or a pathway to make the image look like it has layers. Rotate the image later, to make it look even more surreal. Yet another way to trick your viewer is to juxtapose an object like a stone or a ball or even a shoe along with a puddle reflecting the sky.

The coarse, rippled reflection of the overhanging leaves, juxtaposed with the slender lines of the flowers is what makes the image interesting. Photograph/Chany Crystal

The coarse, rippled reflection of the overhanging leaves, juxtaposed with the slender lines of the flowers is what makes the image interesting. Photograph/Chany Crystal

 

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