“Photography helps people to see.”
― Berenice Abbott
Whenever I visit a place where I spend a lot of time photographing, I try to slow down in order to really see what is presenting itself to be seen. Such was the case during my most recent trips to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
I was trying to capture something in the gardens that I had not already captured. Since I have spent so many spring days at the gardens, this became more challenging with each visit.
I decided to focus on the reflections of the garden.
While looking for a composition near one of the most frequently photographed bridges, I found this incredible reflection of the azaleas.
During the days with no or little wind, I was much more successful in finding reflections around water’s edge.
Some reflections capture your attention more than others. It was after I really slowed down that I saw this.
If you look closely in the water, you will see the colors of the flowers dancing by.
Sometimes the unexpected happens when photographing reflections. I focused on the reflected colors of wisteria and azaleas in the old glass windows of the plantation house, when someone walked into my frame.
This person’s presence made a much better image than without his presence.
The next time you are in a location, be sure to watch all reflective surfaces to see what you can discover.