Spe­cial ef­fects Take time to re­flect

Tom Welsh gets into the Christ­mas mood by shoot­ing reflections in baubles

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While un­pack­ing the Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, why not grab a bauble and head out to cap­ture some cre­ative still lifes. That curved, shiny sur­face gives you a whole new way to cap­ture a sea­sonal scene. Whether you’re faced with a win­ter won­der­land or a brightly lit cityscape, this fun tech­nique pro­vides a unique and very fes­tive per­spec­tive.

Cap­tur­ing a scene in this way in­volves some in­cred­i­bly wide an­gles due to the spher­i­cal sur­face of the bauble. It can also be quite tricky to get the scale cor­rect; we were able to cap­ture the en­tire west end of Bath Abbey quite com­fort­ably in the frame, de­spite shoot­ing only a few me­tres from the walls. But per­se­vere, and you’ll have a unique Christ­mas re­flec­tion in no time at all.

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