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Inspired by Snow White: The Impossible Shot

As a child I pondered the wishing well scene in Snow White.  See the screen capture below. How did they get the shot without showing the camera? Of course, this is animation. But I wanted to try it in real life. So here it is.

How I made the impossible shot.

Assignment

Reflections can easily scale up a photo and add instant wow-factor, you just need to find a reflective surface first! There may be others, but reflections are usually found in these places: Reflections created by a large body of water such as lakes, rivers, and ponds. Keep in mind that the more quiet the water is (less ripples), the better the reflection is. Remember to keep your horizons super-straight in these landscape photos. Reflections in architecture, for example in shop windows or the glass-like material that many new buildings are made from. Smaller reflective surfaces such as puddles, mirrors, lens balls, polished tabletops and kitchenware - for example, shiny spoons or a metal kettle. You can even use the reflective surface of a mobile phone that is switched off. Whichever shiny surface you use, remember that composition rules should compliment both the elements in your photo, the subject as well as its reflection. (If you decide to include both of them in your photo). For example, pay attention that both the element and the reflective element have enough headspace. You may also have to take several photos of the same view at different exposures to create a photo where the foreground, middle and background are all exposed at their respective best.


 

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