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UK in Puddles

A massive thank you to all who took the time to comment on the last image, I had no idea that it would get that response!

This is not what I intended to post however, a few things beyond my control made me re-think!

I thought that I would show some images of York (my home town).

While I was taking this reflected image of the minster a lovely couple from New York approched me and asked, why I was taking photo's of a puddle! I explained why and they were facinated by the technique and said "Wow, that's really cool" we went on and had a great chat about why they were in York and their vacation in general. They then proceded to take their own reflected images of the minster with the IXUS that they had and I must admit that some of the stuff they took looked great on the display. A further discussion was had about the states etc and we parted the best of friends.

I wandered into town looking to capture some images elsewhere but was not really feeling in the mood for it, so decided to head home about an hour later. As I was leaving the city centre my eye was taken by the same couple pointing thier camera into a puddle outside the Punch Bowl (a tudor oak framed building, now a pub). I felt a little guilty that I had shared this technique, I chuckled to think of them showing friends/familly their shots of the uk in puddles!!

All the best Mal

UK in Puddles

A massive thank you to all who took the time to comment on the last image, I had no idea that it would get that response!

This is not what I intended to post however, a few things beyond my control made me re-think!

I thought that I would show some images of York (my home town).

While I was taking this reflected image of the minster a lovely couple from New York approched me and asked, why I was taking photo's of a puddle! I explained why and they were facinated by the technique and said "Wow, that's really cool" we went on and had a great chat about why they were in York and their vacation in general. They then proceded to take their own reflected images of the minster with the IXUS that they had and I must admit that some of the stuff they took looked great on the display. A further discussion was had about the states etc and we parted the best of friends.

I wandered into town looking to capture some images elsewhere but was not really feeling in the mood for it, so decided to head home about an hour later. As I was leaving the city centre my eye was taken by the same couple pointing thier camera into a puddle outside the Punch Bowl (a tudor oak framed building, now a pub). I felt a little guilty that I had shared this technique, I chuckled to think of them showing friends/familly their shots of the uk in puddles!!

All the best Mal

comments (24)

  • Stevo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2006, 00:24
But York's really boring!
hi Mal,
I really like the position of camera for this shot.
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 23 Oct 2006, 01:14
Cool reflection shot, Mal. Well done.
  • Ana
  • USA
  • 23 Oct 2006, 01:48
well done!
  • dafredo
  • France
  • 23 Oct 2006, 02:01
That's what I like my friend !!!! great catch and you shouldn't speak to stranger, especially the ones coming from NYC smile !!!!!
Mal: They were lovely Frederic, even if they did come from NYC wink Mal
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 23 Oct 2006, 02:03
very clear shot mal. i like the clarity in them puddles. i think my eye would like to see some more of the environment to see that it was a puddle and not a mirror and vass. Any problems speak with my eye. You should have given the technique a name (like roland tomasi in that movie LA Confidential) and see how many times it is googled in the future. you had a real chance to call it the mal technique. nice to see some home shots mal.
Mal: Hi Neal, you need special UK water, which is in plentifull suply over here wink Mal
  • Elsie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2006, 02:29
Lol at Nevs comment. This is such a clear reflection shot Mal. Was originally going to say something about the 'smudge' but that was before I read what it was in your commentary smile Very crisp and great colours too.
Lovely shot smile Puddle reflections done well are always nice!
hey mal,

puddle shots are so much fun! think of what you have done to that innocent tourist couple. they will return to the states with nothing but puddle shots of the uk....here is westminster following an afternoon shower, and here we have buckingham after a light morning sprinkle...smile
Mal: Hey Nicole, this was my exact point! Hee hee. Mal
  • Sidak
  • India
  • 23 Oct 2006, 03:48
to be very honest, this is the first time that i have ever heard of the puddle technique so the concept is cool and it was nice of you to share your technique !!

the shot : the angle is a bit too oblique but i guess that that isnt something in our control but otherwise, the structure looks greaat smile
I don't see how you can get a puddle shot so clear? and the water on the edges look more like the lens is part in and under the puddle...
NIce work Mal.
Mal: Hey Dan, when you have as much rain as we do in the UK, we just get very well practiced at puddle shots wink Mal
Very very cool, great concept...and wow what a shot...how is it that its so clear though!!! I like the blur on either side-it really is a great shot Mal..
  • Samarth
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Oct 2006, 08:20
Solidly decent reflection shot, what is that thing in the bottom left, doesn't look the road or footpath...7.5/10.... by virtue of looking young and rather un-friendly at times i am spared any approaches by grown-ups who seem to be very obviously interested at why i would simply climb up on cardboard boxes on the street and point my cam at random areas...
Mal: My Master requires no excuses to climb wherever he likes. Malwalker
Hi Mal smile
A wonderful picture with an unusual angle of view and a very successful effect of the first plan wich gives dynamic to the shot. A way to explore again !
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 23 Oct 2006, 08:44
I like the dreamy feel of the shot. Nice one
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2006, 12:23
Wasn't it Gloucester they stepped into a puddle? wink Well spotted Mal.
Mal: It was Chris but puddles on holiday this week wink Mal
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Oct 2006, 13:21
great framing with the fuzzy borders.
  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Oct 2006, 14:18
LONDONS BURNING easy comment system = Composition 12/10, Lighting 15/10 PP 11/10
Hi Mal, we are currently entertaining a couple of friends from the US of A. I know what you mean they do take things to heart, loverly people, will talk to any one and anything!

Love the shot, love puddle shots as well. Love York it was a toss up whether we visited there today or Southport, the latter won, saw 12,000 pinkfooted geese landing at Martin Mere in one go, fantastic, (did not count them personally) sorry I am rambling on.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Oct 2006, 18:38
Great story and and interesting picture - I wouldnt have realised about the picture without the story though
I'd never have guessed if you hadn't explained! I'd have looked for a much more complicated explanation as to how you achieved the image, lol! I like it, it's fun and a great quality image.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Oct 2006, 22:54
Gosh, that was some clear puddle! I wouldn't have guessed without reading your explanation. I enjoy playing with reflections too, but haven't had anything this good. It's lovely.

... and the people from the US of A will go back with a very true picture of the UK ... wet!
Mal: Thank's El, Yes, a true image of the UK all wet and cold wink Mal
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 24 Oct 2006, 07:09
I'll ask a question...what do feel the difference is from taking a straight shot? Sorry mate, whilst I feel it's excellently focussed I think reflection shots need to have a sense of context, this is too pure for me

Having said that I've tried two and one failed miserably...although I liked it!
Mal: I think your spot on again Simon, the image is a bit clinical, next time I'll throw a few fag butts in the water along with a dog eared magazine.

One of the comments that I'm really starting to take on board is the one of context and I'm actually starting to re-think my approach. I think that it's the engineer in me that tends to concentrate and home in on smaller deatails rather than look at the wider picture. Before I joined shutter a friend once described some of my landscape stuff as a bit claustrophobic and I'm starting to think that he had a point, in fact after your comments and a few by Nev regarding context I have not posted my intended images of late, I think that you would have really got the soap box out with those

As always, Thank you Simon. Mal
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Oct 2006, 12:26
I think your spot on again Simon, the image is a bit clinical, next time I'll throw a few fag butts in the water along with a dog eared magazine.

One of the comments that I'm really starting to take on board is the one of context and I'm actually starting to re-think my approach. I think that it's the engineer in me that tends to concentrate and home in on smaller deatails rather than look at the wider picture. Before I joined shutter a friend once described some of my landscape stuff as a bit claustrophobic and I'm starting to think that he had a point, in fact after your comments and a few by Nev regarding context I have not posted my intended images of late, I think that you would have really got the soap box out with those wink

As always, Thank you Simon. Mal

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