Seeing Double โ€” Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #207

Hi all ๐Ÿ˜€ The crazy moderators at LAPC have given me the honour of hosting this weekโ€™s challenge.

Seeing double is all about reflectionsโ€”probably one of my biggest photographic obsessions. I tend to see them everywhere & actively seek them out when theyโ€™re not readily apparent. My reflection hunting started shortly after I got Snappy, my DSLR, 12 years ago with some poolside reflections.

This shot shows reflections of objects not seen in the picture, in this case, Malibuโ€™s Serra Hills behind the house.

Pool reflections
Pool reflections

Reflected City

Modern glass-fronted buildings allow for numerous reflections within the city landscape. This first shows a ship, the Glenlee, reflected in the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glenlee & Riverside Museum
Glenlee & Riverside Museum

In metropolitan areas, we often find old architecture sitting alongside new.

Ingram Street, Glasgow
Ingram Street, Glasgow.

Rippling with Possibilities

A slightly rippled surface can have an intriguing effect. In the case below, elongating the reflections in the Clyde of the Glenlee & surrounding buildings.ย 

Glenlee
Glenlee

Whereas here, the ripples hint at the trees & blue sky at Broadwood Loch in Cumbernauld, Scotland.

Mother duck & ducklings on Broadwood Loch
Mother duck & ducklings on Broadwood Loch

Unexpected Reflections

Reflections can be found in unexpected places, such as the ceiling of Glasgowโ€™s Kibble Palace distorted in the ripples of a Koi pond.

Koi pond
Koi pond

โ€ฆor a waterlogged beach.

Arbroath Beach
Arbroath Beach

Weather for Atmosphere

I often use my forecasting skills (yes, Iโ€™m a weather nerd ๐Ÿค“) to get out on still mornings for crystal clear reflections. On this particular morning, a thin layer of mist lent an ethereal quality to the landscape at sunrise, softening the reflections.

Sunrise at Fannyside Lochs
Sunrise at Fannyside Lochs

Canals Were Made for Photographers

The Forth & Clyde Canal, nestled in the Forth Clyde Valley, is often well sheltered from the wind, making it perfect for capturing reflections of the landscape surrounding itโ€ฆ

Forth & Clyde Canal
Forth & Clyde Canal

โ€ฆalong with local flora & fauna.

Hielan coo having a drink
Hielan coo having a drink

And, as youโ€™d expect, canal boats.

Wide beam canal boat
Wide beam canal boat

Ephemeral Opportunities

Reflections are all transitory in nature; theyโ€™re not permanent but can be captured forever. Some, such as trees reflected in a puddle, are more transitory than others. This next shot shows the Kelpies after a prolonged period of heavy rain had formed a large puddle in front of them, a rare occurrence. This reflection was broken up a few minutes later when a Labrador hurtled through the puddle, repeatedly ๐Ÿ˜‚

Kelpies
Kelpies

It Wouldnโ€™t Be Complete Withoutโ€ฆ

For those who follow me, youโ€™ve probably been expecting Lensy to turn up; & of course, I would hate to disappoint ๐Ÿ˜‚ Some of my favourite reflections are ones where you invert an image & it looks almost the same. Add in Lensy & even I get confused about which way is up! ๐Ÿคฃ

Lensy at Fannyside Lochs
Lensy at Fannyside Lochs

This last reflection within Lensy can pretty much be looked at inverted with few discernible differences from the original image.

The correct way up is on the left

This has been my take on reflections & what they are to me. Now itโ€™s your turn to share your photos. They can be any reflections you come across; landscapes, cityscapes or chance ones in a puddle. I look forward to seeing all your entries!

Last weekโ€™s responses to Aletta from Now At Home, with her challenge of Treasures, were fantastic, with so many amazing examples. Itโ€™ll be Andre of My Blogโ€“Solaner, thinking about Summer Vibes next week, so make sure you get over to their site.

Followed by:

July 23 โ€“ Tracy, who posts at Reflections of an Untidy Mind, has chosen Surrealism.

July 30 โ€“ Sarah Wilkie, who hosts Travel with Me, asks you to share Three Favorite Images.

A new challenge prompt is posted each Saturday at noon EST. If youโ€™re new to the challenge, click here for more info.

As always, please link to this post either as a comment or as a pingback and use the Lens-Artists tag.

Iโ€™ll leave you in peace now, but hopefully, Iโ€™ve given you something to reflect on for your own posts ๐Ÿ˜‚

Have a great week,

Jez Braithwaite & Lensy

135 thoughts on “Seeing Double โ€” Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #207

  1. Stunning collection of reflections. The statue by the pool seems happy to jump in and the surroundings seem so beautiful as shown in the reflection.

    The ripples look absolutely artistic, especially the one in the koi pond. Literally and figuratively hypnotizing, hahaha.

    The photos of the mist hovering over the water are great too. I really want to see it at least once in my life. It’s either completely misty or no mist at all whenever I visit a place with this phenomenon.

  2. I went through this post when you first posted, but somehow left without commenting. Going through it again, I still think it’s great. Love all your reflections and lensy. Well done!

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  4. What a superb set of reflections, Jez! I’m a water freak and tend to look for them too. What a stunning capture of the Kelpies! Lucky you got it before the dog arrived. No luck involved with the other shots though. The lens ball shots are amazing.

      1. And forgot to say that at first I thought instagram had its own street ??

        Ingram Street, Glasgow
        I read it real quick and then realized is was “ingram” hahaha

        Have a good day

  5. I like the canal boat best. I just went with a quick theme. After seeing the others I could have done so much more but whatever ๐Ÿ˜‚

  6. Terrific challenge and wonderful images Jez, thanks so much for leading us this week. You know I’m a big fan of lensy and this week I’m really impressed with how many different ways you found to capture interesting reflections. Bravo!!

  7. Thank you for the “double” Kelpies and Lensy is a star a usual. I have already selected some “doubles” but none of them are reflections. I shall post them anyway!

  8. Congratulations, Jez! I’ll be by later to contribute. I love your reflection picture. You get a lot of good reflections in the WWE Challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Thank you for the kind remarks Jez! I am delighted with all the responses!
    As for your reflections or seeing double as you named it, your images are so interesting ! I will have to seach for what I have for this challenge! Well done Jez!

  10. Nice collection of images to reflect upon… Oops, sorry for the pun. >grin< I'm already thinking of the images that I will select for my response. Good Job, Jez!

  11. I too didn’t realize before actually seeing your challenge that the doubles you mean are reflections. Even so, it is a lovely challenge and post that you have here!

Great to hear your thoughts ๐Ÿ˜ƒ