“Panyatale pahata pratibimb hasnare…” (Smiling refection in water) are great lyrics by Poet Gangadhar Mahambare. Whenever I listen to these lines, I always wonder how a reflection can smile? It's true that if we smile, our reflection will smile as well. But how about nature? Then I think that may be it was just his poetic imaginative mind. And anyway it is said that poet sees the unseen things with his imagination. But I believe that at times reflections can be more intriguing than the original scene. It all depends on how you look at the things. And ultimately, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. So who can guess what a nature lover might like? Some may love the life and others may fall for non-living objects. In other words some may find art forms in stone and at the same time others may become a tree hugger. Nature offers anything and everything to fall for.
Who doesn’t love to see their own reflection in a mirror? Everybody, and I mean everybody, loves to watch themselves despite of their age, background, culture or social status. There was a time when staring at the mirror was a kind of monopoly for ladies, but now men are not behind in this race. Everybody wants to look beautiful, attractive. Beauty is a natural gift to some and others pursue it. And finally everybody looks in the mirror to ask “Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the most beautiful of all?” Well, jokes apart, but I daresay everybody likes to look in the mirror is a universal truth.
Sometimes an image is more intriguing than the original. Unlike we achieve it in our photography by using make-ups, locations, light, angles and other numerous techniques; the same is difficult while clicking the nature. I love nature and nature photography just the same. If a flock of birds is flying over a water body and throwing in a beautiful reflection, a stagnant water and high speed camera settings are must do. In short, it’s a cohesive effect of surrounding, technique and skill. But unfortunately there is no a second chance once the opportunity is missed.
Reflection of sky: Once while watching birds on a lakeshore, I found a kingfisher flying nearby. It was struggling to catch the fish and I was struggling to catch it, with my camera. Somehow it felt my presence and flew away, leaving me disappointed. But suddenly I looked at the lake and was poised. The lake was reflecting the sky and trees surrounding it. It was a colorful reflection, owing to clear lake water and bright sun light. A thought popped up in my mind; either we can see the trees or the sky above us, but in this reflection we get a view of them combined. The reflection was certainly more beautiful than the reality, which it reflected. While clicking the picture, the water was disturbed, maybe because of a frog or a fish. Stagnant water got wavy and I was disappointed again! It was not my day, after all. But in a moment I realized that in the center of the waves is reflection of a tree. And it turned out to be an amazing click. I was looking for one picture but got entirely different one; that’s nature!
Reflection of sun and a boy: While strolling on the beach, I was clicking the sunset. Who won’t if she has a camera? I was trying to take maximum number of shots before it was dark. And I saw two kids walking by. The younger one held a bag and elder one was strolling empty handed. While walking they reached a spot where the sun was reflecting; I was ready with my camera anticipating this moment. That is the reason I got this wonderful picture. If had not grabbed the moment, he might have walked past and I would have missed this opportunity.
Reflection in muddy water: I always thought the reflections in clear water are the best. But soon I realized that the reflections in muddy water are good too. While travelling by rice fields on a shiny day, I was thinking of getting a nice shot. The rice saplings reflected in that muddy water clearly owing to the intense sunlight.
Reflection of a window: Monsoon is the best season for clicking reflections in water, because one can easily get reflections anywhere. This image is one of my clicks in the monsoon. The window bars were reflecting in a pond just below the window. I’d have loved to see a bird perched on the window, but it wasn’t.
Reflection of buildings in a water droplet: It is another click from a window. It had just rained and the drops of water were clinging to the window bars. Suddenly, I could see the reflection of these buildings and clubhouse in the drop; as if it had ability to hold the entire scene in its tiny heart. I just had to click to capture what my eyes saw!
Reflection of electric lighting: Thane city's lake Masunda is one of the famous spots. The night before Gudhi padva Festival certainly lightens this place up. Everybody prepares enthusiastically to welcome the Hindu New Year. The lakeshores are crowded with oil lamps and dazzle with electric lighting along with fire crackers. The lake happily and reflects all these. This image shows the same.
Reflection of water lily: We often see the photos of water lily. Its' beautiful color can attract anybody. Owing to bright sunlight, the original color of flower looks little faded but since the reflection is in shadow, its color is dark and beautiful. Technical things and artistic imagination together give us a good photograph, but regular practice is equally important. However to get that perfect photograph, our eyes should be as good as the eye of a camera!