Saturday, November 22, 2008

Photo Hunt #2: Theme 137 - Reflection

Raleigh, NC - November 2008 (Click to embiggen)
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YTSL said...

Those are reflections? Could have fooled me into thinking all of them were actual candles! ;b

lime said...

oh i do love this one.

magiceye said...


Mojo said...

This is tricky, but having a 2-way mirror on the front side makes it a lot easier!

~Just Me Miranda~ said...

Ohh I just love this.

Anonymous said...

Really neat - I can believe having a two-way was pretty necessary.

Gord H. said...


why does the row of candles seem to have a distant tail that drifts off in another direction?

gord h.

aka cautiously optimistic

June said...

Love your take on the theme...not to mention it's just plain good photography!

FickleMinded said...

it looks deceiving, seem so real!

Sreisaat said...

Superb - my favorite!
How did you do that?

me said...

kicks ass! (much like the B's seem to be doin...just sayin)

Mojo said...

Since a couple of people have asked, I'll pull the curtain back and show you how I did it.

The candle is between two mirrors obviously, with the camera slightly above and to the left of it. You're looking through a 2-way mirror, so you want little to no ambient light because of the way a 2-way mirror works.

The camera was my Canon EOS 30D with a very basic 35-80mm F4-5.6 zoom. I mounted it on a tripod, used the mirror lockup function and a wireless remote. (I used a wireless because that's what I have. A cable release or the camera's self-timer would have done the job just as well.)

Focusing and exposure were both manual (pretty much de rigeur with low-light shots like this) and for this shot I used a 4" shutter at f/8.0, ISO 200. If I were going to do it again I think I'd either stop down to f/11 or dial the ISO down to 100 or possibly both.

Cropping and contrast adjustments were handled in Photoshop.

S said...

Thats just awesome.
I think you could teach us all a few photo tricks.

How bout a lesson on lighting for those of us with just your basic digital and stuff like that.


Lil Bit said...

I reeeeeeeally like this one ALOT!

Reminds me of a HNT I tried to do, eons ago that didn't work out quite right.
Might give it another go now that I have the timer button down. lol ;)

Daryl said...

oh its that reflection stuff that I just find hypnotic ..