9 Mir­ror the magic!

Digital SLR Photography - - Autumn -

Scenes filled with au­tumn glory make for mag­i­cal im­ages and if you’re lucky enough to be near a lake, you may be able to mir­ror the scene in the water. Days with lit­tle or no wind are ideal, as the per­fectly still water acts like a mir­ror, but don’t be put off if there’s a gen­tle breeze as while softer, the re­flec­tions can still be ef­fec­tive. Early morn­ing is the best time for wind- free con­di­tions, with the warmer light help­ing to add to the golden tones of the scene, along with the pos­si­bil­ity of mist for added at­mos­phere. When it comes to fil­ter choice, a po­lar­is­ing fil­ter is es­sen­tial – it will help sat­u­rate the nat­u­ral colours and re­move glare for a cleaner re­flec­tion, but take care with shut­ter speeds as it will add up to two stops of ex­po­sure. Start by split­ting the frame equally by plac­ing the hori­zon through the cen­tre of the im­age, and then try al­ter­na­tive com­po­si­tions.

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