Readers Photo Challenge: Upon reflection

“Reflections” is the topic of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. Using a reflection in a photo gives one the unique opportunity to double the subject matter or compositional elements in the image. Like clouds in the skies? Then you an double them by having them reflected in a mirror or window. A landscape can be mirrored in a still lake or large puddle.

Fourteen readers sent in a total of 50 photos that used reflections to great effect. Here are some of the top picks.

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Mike Ratekin of French Camp used a Canon EOS 5D Mk III to photograph Sinta Jones and greg Martin of San Diego at Cathedral Lakes in Yosemite National Park.

Mike Ratekin and his wife Josephine recently took an 8-mile hike from Tioga Road to Cathedral Lakes in Yosemite National Park. At the lake they met another couple, Greg Martin and Sinta Jones from San Diego. Ratekin asked if he could take their photo to which they gladly agreed. With his Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR camera he got a photo them kissing lakeside, reflected in its still waters along with the surrounding majestic scenery.

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Oran Schwinn of Stockton used a Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera to photograph the 4th of July fireworks over McLeod Lake in downtown Stockton.

When one thinks of a reflection photo they often think of a perfect mirror image, but it doesn’t always have to be. Oran Schwinn of Stockton photographed the annual 4th of July fireworks over McLeod Lake in downtown Stockton. Using a Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera he not only captured the colorful fireworks in the sky but reflected in the waters of the lake as well. The moving water created and interesting squiggly pattern to the reflection making them as picturesque as the fireworks themselves.

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Matt Baker of Stockton used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph his own reflection in the motorcycle helmet of Ziad Wakeel of Oakland after he’d stopped for break at the Lick Observatory at Mount Hamilton east of San Jose.

Matt Baker of Stockton found his refection and used it to make a selfie of sorts. He met Ziad Wakeel of Oakland who had stopped on a motorcycle ride to the Lick Observatory at Mount Hamilton east of San Jose. Baker got in close with his Nikon D7500 DSLRS camera to get a shot of Wakeel and himself reflected in the shiny surface of Wakeel’s visor.

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Steven Rapaport of Stockton used a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera to photograph Ryan Ellis fishing form a kayak at Cosumnes River Preserve near Thornton.

Steven Rapaport of Stockton used a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera to photograph Ryan Ellis of Sacramento fishing from a kayak at Cosumnes River Preserve near Thornton. Ellis is silhouetted by the waning light of the evening as he holds up his catch of a striped bass. I like the high angle from which the photo is shot (Rapaport was standing on a bridge over looking Ellis), subtle variations of the single blue color and the reflection of Ellis’ silhouette in the water.

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Donn Sperry of Stockton used a Sony Alpha NEX-7 mirrorless digital camera with to photograph a duck and its reflection in the waters of Brookside Lake in Stockton.

Getting a perfect reflection in a body of water can be difficult at times. Any disturbance in the surface can disrupt the reflected image. Donn Sperry of Stockton photographed a duck with a Sony Alpha NEX-7 mirrorless digital camera as it swam on the waters of Lake Brookside in Stockton. He managed to get its reflection ahead of the bow wave and the distortions in the surface that it created as swam along.

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Dave Skinner of Stockton used a Nikon 5600 DSLR camera to photograph the reflections of the water in the goggles of a water polo player during the Golden State Invitational Water Polo Competition at the St. Mary’s High School in Stockton.

Dave Skinner of Stockton used a Nikon 5600 DSLR camera to photograph the reflections of the water in the goggles of a water polo player during the Golden State Invitational Water Polo Competition at the St. Mary’s High School in Stockton.

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Dennis Buettner of Stockton used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph the color of the setting sun reflected in the water in a retaining basin along Eight Mile Road near Golfview Road in Stockton.

Retaining basins are basically just big holes in the ground dug out to catch rain runoff. Dennis Buettner of Stockton used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph the color of the setting sun reflected in the water in a basin along Eight Mile Road near Golfview Road in Stockton and transformed that big hole into a thing of beauty.

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Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton used a Nikon D750 DSLR camera to photograph a duck and it’s ducklings in her backyard pool.

A family of ducks took up residence in the backyard pool of Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton. She used a Nikon D750 DSLR camera to photograph the mama duck and it’s ducklings reflection in the water as they happily swam in the pool.

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All of the photos sent in can be seen at Recordnet.com. A new challenge assignment will be issued July 30.

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