As a cityscape photographer, reflections are very important key elements for me (or everyone?). I always seek them and try to include one for my composition.
A reflection can turn an ordinary subject into an extraordinary one. Also reflections give famous landmarks or unique architectures, which have been captured by many, much unique perspectives. Let’s pay attention to reflections around the subject which can make your photo different from others.
So where can you find reflections?
1.Windows (and glasses)
There are no shortage of windows in the city. There is a building, it has windows. A well polished windows work like mirrors.
The windows made abstracted pattern across the street.
There is a point where you can shoot a perfect (virtually ) symmetry. To get a better symmetric image, you need to close the windows as much as you can. when you find a nice reflection on the window, you should make one step further for the building.
From the Observation floor, Umeda Sky building , I shot this with the lens actually touching the window.
Tokyo International Forum: actually the original image was upside down.
A non-reflective surface such as brick can still enhance a composition when a mirrored surface reflects onto it. In this circumstances the texture of the wall can compliment or accentuate reflected light.
I especially love reflections in water. You can find these on a lake, a river, the sea, even in a puddle. Long exposures with a sky reflected in water can give an especially powerful effect.
Long exposure made the water surface super flat.
This old river tunnel was closed many years ago however is opened once a year for the public.
Some Japanese traditional gardens were so well designed that you can find easily a perfect symmetry on the water surface.