The Object of My Reflection

Bitterroot River, Montana

On a recent photo shoot with a group of students, one asked me whether it's best to include the source of the reflection or just the reflection itself. My advice was to take pictures of both and decide later which is better. 

In this image, I opted for just the wavy reflection because the trees themselves were not very photogenic. It was November and the cottonwoods had long since lost their leaves, leaving only the bare limbs and trunks (see below). The reflection was more interesting alone.

Whenever you ask yourself whether you should take one kind of shot or a variation, shoot both! Digital images are free and having multiple variations of the same subject allows you to select your favorite later. In fact, both may be equally good for different purposes, such as a vertical for a book or magazine cover and a horizontal for a web site banner.

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