Picnic at Sheffield Park

Picnic at Sheffield Park – Reflection in the Lake © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias

On our trip to Sheffield Park last Saturday I took some time, whilst taking pictures of the grand lakes and foliage, to point my lens directly at the water to capture the incredibly clear reflections in the lakes, a technique I used in my Reflections in the River Ouse series. Once imported, I rotate the images 180º (aka flip vertically) in post-production. The great thing about rotating reflections in this way is that you end up with a more painterly effect, some being more reminiscent of oils or acrylics, others of water colours. And where some images are more abstract than others, ones like this can fool the eye on first glance, then as you begin to notice the broken people and the ripple in the sky you realise that something’s not quite as you expected.

Technical info: For this shot I used an aperture of f/16, set the shutter speed at 1/125 with ISO 800.

4 responses

  1. another beautifully executed reflection. I like the addition of the people who appear really tiny (possibly because of the angle) compared to the foliage.

    just curious if you were ever tempted to disturb the water surface, create ripples (of varying strengths) and see how that effects the result ? assuming you can reach your hands in the water (or a stick if its piranha infested :)

  2. Thank you :-) The people are tiny because they’re in front of some large-ish trees, but also because they’re on the other side of the lake, which was quite far from where I was. Also, I think they’re all sitting down.

    I’ve never thought about causing ripples in the water – I guess I’m usually too far away since the subject is always the reflection of the opposite bank of a river or lake, which means there’s generally a fair amount of water between me and the area that I’m photographing. Why not give it a go …