Reflections at Park Avenue

I’ve always been a fan of reflections. I’ve even have a theme gallery on SmugMug dedicated to them. I usually look for them by either looking into glass or large bodies of water such as lakes or rivers. One of the things I learned during The Digital Photo Workshop in Moab was that it actually takes very little water to create a reflection opportunity.

Tower of Babel at Sunrise

Tower of Babel at Sunrise

We went out for sunrise in the Park Avenue/Courthouse area of Arches National Park. The Tower of Babel is one of the rock formations that can be seen from this area.

Rock Puddles

Rock Puddles

There was an area near there of rock with slight intentations that can fill with water after a rain.


Making Reflections

Making Reflections

In our case, it hadn’t rained in a while, so the workshop instructors brought their own water. They filled some of these rock intentations with water.

These man made puddles were not very big and to look at them it probably wouldn’t occur to you that you could get a reflection out of them.

The trick is that you have to lay on your belly so that you can get an angle where you not only see your subject but the reflection as well.

I have to say, kneeling on the rock in order to get on my belly, is hard on the body. In fact, in one case where I only wanted to move a short distance, I just rolled over 🙂

The results though are well worth the effort.


Tower of Babel Reflection

Tower of Babel Reflection

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