It’s all done with mirrors

9/22/2002: Dave Eichner polishes the dashboard of a 1914 Hupmobile from the Towe Auto Museum in Sacramento on display at the 15th annual Galt Old Car Festival held at Harvey Park in Galt (Camera: Nikon D1H. Lens: Sigma 14mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/14 w/ fill-flash. ISO: 200)

3/5/2002: Jeff Brown, reflected in his televison, plays a new Spiderman video game (Camera: Nikon D1H. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 35mm. Exposure: 1/15th sec. @ f/5.6 w/ fill-flash. ISO: 200).

Sometimes a mirror or reflective surface can add a little something to a picture. They can be used to frame your main subject or to to show two different things simultaneously. Reflections can be used to put your subject into a scene such as a painting or another picture to make them part of it. But sometimes you have to be careful about them.

Patient Ana Quintana of Manteca holds her -year-old daughter Melissa Quintana while being examine by family nurse practitioner Gina Nguyen at the Community Medical Center clinic in Manteca (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200).

I had an assignment of a patient getting examined at the Community Medical Center clinic in Manteca. I got several shots before I noticed a mirror on the back wall. I checked the monitor on my camera and, sure enough, there I was reflected in the glass. I took just a few steps, and the problem was gone. Mirrors can sometimes be a boon to a photograph, but other times they just get in the way.

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