This week's Picture Inspiration prompt continued on the concept of reflection. Where last week we were to capture the object and its reflection, this week we were charged with capturing the reflection alone. I lucked out; I actually took this shot of this little pool of water on our patio last week. I knew it didn't qualify for that week's prompt because it did not include the object being reflected but I took the shot anyway because was struck by the quality of the reflection. It took some fine-tuned maneuvering to get the composition that I wanted while not getting my toes in the shot -- and to not fall into the puddle!
As an aside, I recently learned of the work of Abelardo Morell who does the most amazing work with landscape images and the nearby ground surface. (The Discover magazine Visual Science blog did a great post on Morell's tent camera work that's worth a quick read.) I love the way the texture of the earth comes through the landscape image and the two become married together in a new (and improved!) image. Anyway, I go on about this because in *my* image, the texture of the patio stone coming through the image of the sky and trees reminded me of Morell's work. (Though mine's so much better, don't you think?!)
Lastly, because the tones were feeling quite flat and because I wanted to bring out the texture a bit more, I opted for a black & white image. I would not have thought about going black and white if it hadn't been for Irene Nam who helped understand how to approach black & white photography as part of my work in the Simple Soulful Digital Lab. You can see another of my recent black & white images in this week's Wordless Wednesday.