★ Wed C&C (No Theme) Thread, Ed. 210, Apr/18/2012 ★

Started Apr 18, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Long Beach Aquarium
In reply to 19andrew47, Apr 19, 2012

Whether you shot this through glass or not, in any case there is the clear reflection (on glass or on the water surface) of two lights overhead. They are in a spot in the picture where they are distractions, colliding with your main subject, the starfish. That is a pity. Because it undoes the illusion that Dave mentioned, i.e. that this picture was taken somewhere deep in a reef. It would have been better if you had avoided that reflection altogether or at least had maneuvred the reflection to be elsewhere, even if that resulted in a not so head-on view of the starfish.

Sometimes reflections like these really cannot be avoided.

But then, just speaking for myself, I try to maneuvre my vantage point to make the reflection (ideally) an integral part of the composition, or (at least) something that does not really distract.

Take e.g. my submission for this week.

On the enamel plaque with the picture of the pope, there was an unavoidable reflection of strip lights overhead. I wriggled in order to not have that reflection run through the pope's head (which was the case if I had just taken the shot from my normal eye height and shooting distance). I moved closer and zoomed out and crouched quite a bit to make that reflection run over his waist rather than his head.
Roel Hendrickx

lots of images : http://www.roelh.zenfolio.com

my E-3 user field report from Tunisian Sahara: http://www.biofos.com/ukpsg/roel.html

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