Water reflection photography is not easy. Changes in the lighting condition, the motion of the water, and the right choice of camera angle — these and other factors make it challenging even for professional photographers.

The following pictures (in no particular order) are the most striking and memorable amongst those submitted by photographers who responded to Marine Café Blog’s invitation. Many thanks to everyone who took up the challenge.

NOTE: The original photos were resized. No other changes were made by Marine Café Blog. Click on the images for a larger view on desktop monitors:

White Boats
© Eugene Rutter (Scotland)

Eugene Rutter has captured a wonderful scene with subtle contrasting elements. Two white boats sit motionless on the murky water, their stillness emphasised by the slack mooring lines. The three brightly coloured marker buoys form an imaginary triangle to add to this sense of stability. The boats seem to be surrounded by constant motion and energy — an illusion created by the water reflections.

Abstract Branches
© Debora Magliaro Sanso (France)

As a photographer, Debora Magliaro Sanso is known for her off-the-beaten-path way of seeing things. This picture is illustrative of her unique approach. The water reflections are mirror images of the branches of the tree. The lines flow unbroken into each other so that it is difficult at first glance to tell reality from illusion. Ms. Sanso shunned the use of high contrasts and went for a monotonous grey background for the branches. The resulting image brings to mind the words of Prospero, the old duke of Milan, in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest: “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.” (The Tempest, Act IV, scene 1)

© Judith in den Bosch (Netherlands)

This photograph is diviided into two distinct sections. The top part is occupied entirely by the towering bare trees and the bottom by their reflections on the water. The result is a beautiful tapestry that delights the eye. There is evidence of digital manipulation, but Judith in den Bosch has not gone overboard with it. Just enough tweak was performed to make the scene look realistic but not without a touch of magic.

Fiery Reflections
© Roberta Johnson (USA)

The composition is simple with the photogaph divided into three sections: the dark clouds at the top, yellow orange clouds in the middle, and a subdued reflection of the sky at the bottom. Roberta Johnson has produced an image that has a certain warmth. It reminds one of a roaring fireplace during a quiet evening at home.

Blue River
© Sandra Hunjek (Croatia)

Sandra Hunjek’s photograph is notable for its simple yet eye-catching composition and its serene mood. A portion of the river mirrors the landscape like a shiny sheet of metal. Interestingly, the clouds and their reflection on the water frame the focal point of the photograph to better draw the viewer’s attention.

Quiet Night in the Mooring Field
© James Hesketh (USA)

Pictures of boats in a marina are all too common. What makes James Hesketh’s photograph special is his skillful handling of light. In the darkness the boats gleam like sentinels. Their masts conjure up the image of lances. That Hesketh has captured their faint and subtle reflections on the water shows a good grasp of night photography.

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