One of my favourite subjects are reflections. Reflections of all kinds - buildings reflected in glass facades in a puddle or a pool, or landscapes reflected in a lake.
Now, why take a picture of a reflection, when you also can just shoot the original?
The fun part is that the reflective surface acts as a part of natural but highly artistic filter: often, the reflected image is coloured differently, it may be distorted to the point of abstraction or it may even look almost truer than the original, more contrasty and darker.
Also, you do not have to stick to the reflection only, - it is fun to include some of the surroundings or even the subject itself.
Once I had started, there was no turning back: I realised that there are reflections all around us: the metallic surface of a polished car, shop windows, small puddles or the ocean, and even polished granite.
Of course, water is a special challenge: from one moment to the next, the image in your viewfinder may change dramatically, due to a bit of wind producing ripples or a cloud obscuring the sun.
Not so long ago, I aroused the interest of several passers-by in Montreal by setting up a tripod near the Olympic stadium but ignoring this famous sight and shooting its reflection in a puddle instead.
So be warned: shooting reflections is addictive!
Here some examples, mostly from the China-section of Travelphoto.Net:
This picture was taken at the Northern Lakes, Beijing.
While the reflection fills two thirds of the photo, the subject itself is clearly visible. The water is calm ant the image reflected by it clear, but a bit darker.
This almost is an abstract painting - and there’s no clue providing you more information.
Some may like this others not.
Actually, it’s a sunset at the Summer Palace, Beijing, reflected in the lake and photographed using a polariser
One technical tip: a polariser filter can cut through reflections in a glass window, but it also can enhance the reflection, add to the overall saturation of the reflected image and is maybe the only special kind o equipment you need for this subject.
Of course only, if you do not get so much addicted to reflections that you bring along your own mirrors, tin foils, or mylar paper.
And, using a metal sphere, or even a light bulb and a macro lens one can even produce fish-eye like panoramas...