Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections.

I was considering my post early on Sunday morning when I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise photographing the colour reflected in the bay. The first two reflections that came to mind were both from Saskatchewan in the late 1990s so I decided to add a third photo from around the village of Punnichy.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections

A sunrise partially reflected in the ice on a frozen slough near Punnichy.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections

A Horned Grebe amongst reflections of weathered straw bales near Punnichy.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections

Autumn colour partially reflected in a slough near Punnichy.


31 replies on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections”

Thank you. I once had someone on a bird photography forum accuse me of faking the colour. The stack of round bales had been there for years and had weathered to that colour.

It didn’t make sense to me at the time. Why go to the trouble of changing a background colour. I have dozens of photos of this bird and a second one that was with it and I don’t think two of the photos have the same background.

Depending on where the birds were on the water and how the wind was rippling the water it was reflecting blue sky, weathered straw bales or a wooden corral fence or a mix of the three. I briefly considered using a selection of the Horned Grebe photos with the various backgrounds for the challenge.

Thanks Ann-Christine. It was a fun challenge but given the number of reflections I have I wanted a theme to build a post around. I almost went with frozen reflections but even then I had too many.

Thank you. I was wondering if I shouldn’t have gone with a different theme, frozen water or birds. But it would still be hard not to end up with to many photos to pick from.

Thinking about it, I have now been living close to two huge bodies of water and lots of smaller lakes since I moved from Saskatchewan 20 years ago. Yet the reflections that came to mind were from Saskatchewan in the late 1990s.

I am just imagining , what a wonderful place you are living in. And I researched Saskatchewan in google as it is the first time I have heard of it. Wow, it is really beautiful.

Currently I’m living on a peninsula with Lake Huron on the west and Georgian Bay on the east with dozens of smaller lakes on the peninsula. Before I lived a few blocks from the Lake Huron shoreline. In the 1990s in Saskatchewan I lived close to the Quill Lakes and Last Mountain Lake. Both major birding sites.

I was at awe of the stunning sunrise, David. Reflection on ice makes an artistic photo that looks like painting. The first time I saw a frozen lake was in Toronto in an area by Niagara Fall.I love the Grebe. Reflection of the sky can be in many colors for various reasons. This one is lovely. I heard of Saskatchewan in the 1980s, but some friends in Oregon would pronounce it with the accent on the second syllable and some said it with the account on the last syllable!

Thanks Miriam. I was considering going with a theme of reflections in ice for the challenge. I also considered reflections of birds on water so decided to combine the two.

Part of the problem for me at the moment is that I spent the winter digitising my slide archives so now have thousands more photos to pick from.

Oh, David, I wanted to do that for a long time but dragging about that due to the volumes. Good to know you’ve done it for thousands of photos. I should start doing it and set a weekly goal, better than waiting forever.

I have between 12,000 and 15,000 slides and two thousand black and white negatives. I started seriously archiving them when I discovered how many were fading, damaged by publishers or had molds growing on them. The biggest time consideration is keywording the copies. As possibly 50% of the slides are natural history subjects I’m keywording common English names and scientific names as well as the location and time of year. The slides are all in suspension sheets for hanging in a filing cabinet and each sheet holds up to 24 slides. So I copy 4 sheets before importing and keywording.

Oh wow, that’s a huge job. It makes us appreciative of the modern technology to have at lease the date and location of the photos. It’s a great undertaking, David.

Thanks John. That was my thought, I was tempted to go with all rippled water but thought the snow breaking up the reflection in the ice was a similar effect.

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