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I’ve seen some great mirror-image night shots with lighting reflected in water, but I’m struggling to replicate the effect myself. Can you help? Kelly Dawson, via email
Jason says... We’ve got lots of useful tips on improving your night photography in this month’s lead feature. Using the reflections of lighting displays and other brightly lit areas can certainly boost the appeal of night shots, effectively doubling the area of interest and adding colour. It’s preferable to having large, dark areas in a scene with nothing going on.
A pond, lake or river are ideal, but you can also get good reflections from wet roads and pavements, glass surfaces or even a shiny car roof. High ISO settings and reasonably quick shutter speeds can freeze motion in the water and keep reflections sharper, or if the surface is choppy, go for the smoothing effect of a long exposure. Concentrate on the composition, moving your camera to make the most of the reflections, even if it means getting down to ground level.
For this shot featuring reflections of low buildings, the camera was placed on the ground at the edge of a pool of wate r, a couple of inches above the surface
Tamron’s 70-200mm f/2.8 seems ideal for use with a teleconverter, but the UK distributor can’t recommend a suitable choice