"You created those shots," a friend proclaimed matter-of-factly, when I showed her a series of reflection images I'd recently made along the river.
I did not," I said indignantly. "Nature and light…God, you might say…created each and every one—I just found 'em and captured the photo."
"Nahhhh," she said, I know how you photographers can manipulate stuff digitally and make anything look incredible by jiggling colors and such around."
"But I didn't do that," I protested. "There are scenes like this all over the place if you take the time to look and find them. Honest."
I never did convince her that I hadn't used Photoshop or some similar software program to "create" the colors and shapes—often abstract or Impressionistic—in the images. But they were just simple shots…taken straight from what I saw, as is the one at the top of this post, which I made this morning. I'd gone out to sweep off a patch of yesterday's snow so I could scatter cracked corn for the ground feeding birds. Considering the 5˚F temperature, I wanted them to have a good breakfast. Glancing at the river, I noticed what I thought would be a neat shot. The sun was just coming up, behind and to the left of where the camera is aimed. You can see its warm orangish light on several of the white-barked sycamores which line the far bank. The angled bluish line is a another sycamore that's still in shadow.
To give you a better idea of where I found this image, look in the lower right quarter of the photo below, taken a minute before and slightly to the left. See how the light is just catching those trees and reflecting warmly in the water? See the blue lines of the shadow trunks whose right sides are plastered with snow? Well, that's what I saw and what the camera recorded.
A splendid reflection shot hidden in plain sight!