20 Effective Reflection Photos - Digital Photography School

20 Effective Reflection Photos

Want to spice up a dull photograph? Take the same shot with a cool reflection in it and you’ll be considered a photography master getting faved all over Flickr.

Try it, you’ll thank me later. Here are a few examples to give you a little inspiration.

Two equestrian riders

Two equestrian riders by mattbaird

Urmia Salt Lake by Mehrad.HM

Primary Stillness by macropoulos

Down By The Watering Hole by *ian*

It's a laugh... by law keven

Farewell India by Stuck In Customs

Real Joy by Todd Baker

Dichotomy by Pinsiero

Dance of Joy by G a r r y

Bent Beauty by Cesar R.

Adrift by Pascal B.

Reflect by Vandelizer

Ottawa River by ViaMoi

reflections by camil tulcan

YER BLUES by snowriderguy

Unbrand America by Ende

Reflex on "il Campo" by Paolo.Sammicheli

Chinatown, NYC 2005 by Graspi

at a secret mission by gari.baldi

Three of a Perfect Pair by bitzcelt

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  • Heavy rain

    May 3, 2011 02:22 pm

    i loved the guitar one <3

  • Bwanachana

    February 4, 2011 05:24 pm

    I took this reflection shot of the Sikh monument called Bangla Sahib Gurdwara in New Delhi[eimg url='http://www.eyefetch.com/image.aspx?ID=1440293' title='image.aspx?ID=1440293']


  • Aramalia

    January 28, 2011 02:32 pm


  • larry

    December 30, 2010 12:57 am

    here is a few I took today, my first attempt at reflections,this first one is very simple that is why i was drawed to it, [eimg url='http://thumb5.webshots.net/t/87/87/5/94/30/2243594300106910045eLKKKO_th.jpg' title='2243594300106910045eLKKKO_th.jpg']
    [eimg url='http://thumb5.webshots.net/t/71/171/9/88/7/2638988070106910045wYfkYV_th.jpg' title='2638988070106910045wYfkYV_th.jpg']
    [eimg url='http://thumb5.webshots.net/t/83/183/2/19/53/2144219530106910045VQkVHf_th.jpg' title='2144219530106910045VQkVHf_th.jpg']

  • Paulo Sacramento

    May 21, 2010 02:44 am

    Here are my most interesting reflexion pics:
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulosacramento/3912356333/' title='Lei' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2456/3912356333_96181cac63.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulosacramento/4119658925/' title='Bebenhausen-655' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2712/4119658925_b57b44f89a.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulosacramento/4579211729/' title='' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3313/4579211729_5813516e93.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulosacramento/4613237442/' title='Doorndow (Door + Window)' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3381/4613237442_f05f417b73.jpg']

  • Joe D Silva

    January 30, 2010 07:54 am

    Another one of my fav reflection photos of a Heron.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/46645318@N02/4284576510/' title='Great Blue Heron on Dora Lake Shore' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4006/4284576510_0231d09db1.jpg']

  • Amit

    January 29, 2010 07:02 pm

    astonishing images..yea a reflection surely wakes up a boring pic 2 a spectacular one..Adrift by pascal is a perfect shot..the reflection is mirror clear..

  • Joe D Silva

    January 9, 2010 11:01 am

    Here's a shot I took of Skyway bridge at Tampa

    [eimg url='http://lh6.ggpht.com/_p87KF34JRpI/S0K8SvGF-KI/AAAAAAAAHZI/9pVP3tICbLE/s640/IMG_0237.JPG' title='IMG_0237.JPG']

  • Advita

    December 28, 2009 04:31 pm


  • guido

    December 27, 2009 01:47 am

    Here is mine from Beijing :)
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/guidofoc/395099330/' title='Longtan park, Beijing' url='http://farm1.static.flickr.com/133/395099330_d69f478820.jpg']

  • Alberto

    December 6, 2009 07:09 pm

    beautiful but "bent beauty" is here by mistake....it's not a real reflection, it's made with photoshop and it's obvious. My fav is Unbrand America. great pic

  • ananya

    October 29, 2009 03:51 am

    beautiful photos here..i love reflection shots..
    posting a link to one of my own....


  • Yokutxa

    September 13, 2009 05:14 pm

    Wow...so awesome pictures...I wish I had one to show!!

  • Dave Sparks

    August 27, 2009 09:10 pm

    Some lovely pictures there. The Taj Majhal one is a favourite, anyone any idea where the mountain one was taken?

  • Michael "Mike" L. Baird

    July 24, 2009 03:09 pm

    Small typo noted: Actually, "mattbaird" above is me "mikebaird" - Cheers! mike [at} mikebaird d o t com

  • Sargon Tower

    July 19, 2009 11:34 pm

    (Translated from Spanish with Google):
    If I am not mistaken, the photo "Bent Beauty by Cesar R." is post-processed with the Photoshop plugin FLOOD. The reveals the horizon, unnatural. As in the other photos of his Flirk page.
    I recognize that the effect is nice, but should not show how to get in the shot ...

  • Landscape Photography

    July 18, 2009 12:14 pm

    Some really nice shots, the tones in the second shot are wonderful. Thanks for sharing some inspirational work.

  • Marinda Alberts

    July 16, 2009 09:01 pm

    THis is inspiring!

  • Joel

    July 14, 2009 06:37 pm

    This is a great tip! Reflections do indeed make a seemingly dull and simple shot look fabulous. I will be posting some of those photos on my blog soon.

  • dee

    July 8, 2009 08:59 pm

    Wow, these are incredible! My favorite is the one in the puddle.

    here's mine:


    Lakes are great for reflections, especially first thing in the morning.

  • fiery_sunset

    July 8, 2009 04:46 am

    awesome! awesome!!!

  • justin

    July 2, 2009 11:10 pm

    This is a reflection shot taken at Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul, Korea:


    This is a reflection shot of a lion at a zoo in Seoul:


    This is somewhat of self portrait (best viewed large):


  • stacy

    July 2, 2009 01:58 pm

    I love this one - http://www.riccardogangale.com/CongoRiver/Congoriver23.jpg -

  • Kenny

    July 1, 2009 11:37 am

    I had taken these two reflection pictures at Disney World, Florida this past April.


    This reflection pic was an accident:


    Comments are appreciated as I am new to photography. All feedback, positive or negative, is appreciated.

  • pbdweeeebie

    June 30, 2009 05:53 pm

    Absolutely great pix.

    And in the spirit of sharing, here are a few:





  • Bill L

    June 30, 2009 10:54 am

    Mountain Range in Yellowstone NP

  • al-ien

    June 30, 2009 09:51 am

    these reflections are super.... I especially liked the brick surrounding the puddle... great seed for thought ...

    you can also use it in macro photography... I took this (and others) on blackened window glass.... on flickr


  • servo101

    June 29, 2009 08:12 pm

    Here's mine


  • nawal

    June 29, 2009 07:40 pm

    r these reflections real or photoshopd.coz dy largely look lyk dt.......can anybody tell me how to do it.
    ds picz r just amazin

  • Steve Edwards

    June 29, 2009 04:59 pm


  • hina

    June 29, 2009 06:48 am

    very nice superb shots...i loved the shadow of window in water...as windows are my focus i photography....

  • Daniel*1977

    June 29, 2009 04:04 am

    What do you think about reflections??
    I like those two:

    Seem interesting, but I am only amateur:)

  • Nate Kay

    June 29, 2009 12:32 am

    For those looking for some reflection photography tips, here are a few links that may help you.

    Reflection Photography Video Tutorial by Keith Clark

    Reflection Photography Tips & Tricks

    Water and Reflected Light

  • Steve Edwards

    June 28, 2009 11:34 pm

    Here's my effort.

  • Bharat Tripathi

    June 28, 2009 02:49 pm

    Hello Mr. Kay:

    What a impressive job of taking such great pictures. I am new to the photography. I just bought my first digita camera, canon50D. I am just getting my feet wet. Please give me some tips and advice on how to take such great picures. Also if you don't mind sharing your technique in taking these pictures.
    Thank you for sharing your telant with us.


  • Krishna

    June 28, 2009 07:13 am

    I loved all the photos. But, "Adrift" and "Its a laugh" were great!!! Here is my attempt:

  • Krishna

    June 28, 2009 06:38 am

    I loved all of them... but "Its a laugh" and "Adrift" were great!!! Here is my attempt:

    Chicago - The Bean

  • Moiz

    June 27, 2009 07:33 pm

    Nice to see these photographs & i will try to take liske there

  • steve g

    June 27, 2009 04:07 pm

    Great inspiration

  • sharaff

    June 27, 2009 04:06 pm

    some very cool reflections indeed, i must go out there and try more..
    these are some of the shots i have uploaded, i always like the low angle, depending on what you shoot of course

  • Jason

    June 27, 2009 02:48 pm

    Some of those reflection shots are fairly epic.

    My most epic reflection shot was a candid:

    Boy meets himself at the beach

  • nobie

    June 27, 2009 09:36 am

    These are really nice pictures. I really envy the photographers. But, I just would like to ask, do the pictures undergo post production editing?

  • Erin

    June 27, 2009 07:39 am

    Oooh, I love these reflections. I'm not good enough (yet) to capture such great shots, but I do use an action to create reflections in Photoshop. Works in Elements too. The link is here is you'd like to use it also.


  • Mia :)

    June 27, 2009 02:40 am

    I love all of them, absolutely stunning images. Greatly collected.

  • Scott Ingram

    June 27, 2009 01:58 am

    It's really amazing how much a good reflection can enhance an image.
    Here is one of my faves that I took outside of Marble, CO in the fall.

  • Skylar

    June 27, 2009 01:07 am

    Great shots, here is one that I did back in Boston during a street photography shoot.


  • Viru

    June 27, 2009 12:06 am

    Any tips for capturing reflections? Most of the reflections are coming from water. What conditions produce good reflections? Would high shutter speed help if its windy and water surface is not still? What kind of lighting produces good reflections? Top lighting (after noon sun), side lighting (evening sun) or overcast day?

  • B P Maiti

    June 26, 2009 11:57 pm

    Moments atr immortalised .Small but great for all.Thanks.

  • mindspooler

    June 26, 2009 10:49 pm

    mirror magic;)

    sorry for duplicate, It's ok

  • Laci

    June 26, 2009 08:22 pm

    Here is another example, a photo taken by me in the Slovak capital, Bratislava.

  • Michelle

    June 26, 2009 07:17 pm

    So many awesome specimens here of reflections. I have one decent sleeping mallard duck here....
    and one OK American Avocet

  • Ramasubramaniyan

    June 26, 2009 06:12 pm

    Excellent ones. I have tried a couple of those reflections myself. Request you to go through and comment.




  • Marta

    June 26, 2009 04:58 pm


  • KeithSonic

    June 26, 2009 04:27 pm

    I did lots of reflection shots when I started out, thanks for reminding me I will have to revisit! Great shots!

  • suseu

    June 26, 2009 04:24 pm

    i love those on the beach. the water is a great mirror. couple of mine:

  • Akshay

    June 26, 2009 04:09 pm

    I love "Real Joy" and "Reflections". Great work guys. Well I have a shot of reflecting clouds on a lake. I'd not regard it in the class of these pics. But I am open to critique. Here is the link



  • june

    June 26, 2009 03:53 pm

    really cool!
    thanks dude!

  • Nate Kay

    June 26, 2009 02:39 pm

    Wow, you've shared enough of your own impressive pictures to make another great reflection post. :)

  • Jessica Ojeda

    June 26, 2009 01:35 pm

    Beautiful collection of reflections. I most like the daisy.

  • Jack

    June 26, 2009 12:39 pm

    This is my first post as well. All of these real nice shots have prompted me to show one of mine. This is the only reflection image I have.

  • Roger T Bunting

    June 26, 2009 12:34 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/susan_g/2280853835/sizes/o/ might be of interest.

    It's a fake but not the usual way (scene -> scene & reflection) but started with the reflection and the top half was 'shopped' from it.

  • Linda

    June 26, 2009 11:53 am

    What absolutely incredible shots. I agree that the flower is beautiful. The dancers on the beach during sunset also great. I love the colors and clarity of all those reflections and the subjects . I will also try working with reflections some more.

  • Rachael

    June 26, 2009 11:40 am

    Love all the examples people have posted!

    Here is my attempt!



  • Erica

    June 26, 2009 11:35 am

    I third the 'Bent Beauty' fake comments. The rest were lovely; that was just contrived.

  • Gavin G

    June 26, 2009 11:09 am

    wow, great reflection shots. I had mine taken in Singapore Water earlier this year. Is a mirror reflection shots :)

  • jpm8jpm

    June 26, 2009 10:32 am

    very fantastic. i love the flower and the duck. the colors are very sharp. tnx for sharing i will definitely consider doing reflection in my shots! salamat po in english thanks!

  • shachaf

    June 26, 2009 10:11 am

    master of reflections, Gilad Ben Ari

  • April

    June 26, 2009 09:08 am

    Most of those are fantastic and some even quite creative. But a couple look fake, which is always disappointing. The Bent Beauty one (of the flower) definitely looks like a fake reflection. It would have been a great photo as is, and the fake-y water ripples ruined it. :(

  • sirwin

    June 26, 2009 07:54 am

    I do love reflections

    Here is mine

  • Joel

    June 26, 2009 06:57 am

    People seem to love this photo of me swimming around in Western Baray, Cambodia. I think it's the eyes - both the real ones and the reflections :)


  • Dani

    June 26, 2009 06:29 am

    I'll eat my hat if the reflection in "Bent Beauty" is for real. It's just a mirrored and photoshopped image.

  • Chris Biele

    June 26, 2009 05:16 am

    Wow, those are some amazing pictures. Here's one I did in the mirror of my eye with the reflection of my face (from the mirror) on my pupil. I must have taken about 30 odd frames and this was the best. I used a radio triggered strobe to get the flash right on my face and a wide angle with the camera and my face about 3 inches from the mirror.


  • Jeff Motta

    June 26, 2009 04:49 am

    Fantastic shots-great inspiration especially Chinatown and Unbrand America

  • Robin Ryan

    June 26, 2009 04:01 am

    ps) Beautiful example images.

  • Robin Ryan

    June 26, 2009 03:59 am

    This is especially powerful in nighttime shooting, as these examples show (I think):

    The best is if you can get a cloud in there, as well... it really adds to the symmetry of the shot:

    As mentioned above, wet beaches are perfect targets as well:

  • Milt Berko

    June 26, 2009 03:52 am

    I have photographed quite a few reflected birds in the south Florida wetlands. Here is an example of the type of reflections we often see:


  • m.Brook

    June 26, 2009 03:44 am

    Heres my try:

  • Heather

    June 26, 2009 03:26 am

    One of my daughter on an escalator. Something a little different the water reflections


  • Photo Styles

    June 26, 2009 02:22 am

    These photos are so amazing! But my fav is the mountain scene by Vandelizer. Beauitful!

  • Mukesh

    June 26, 2009 02:05 am

    Dance of Joy, Reflections and Chinatown stand out. Inspiring collection

  • Madhava

    June 26, 2009 01:57 am

    These are great. I have one too, tho not quite up to par with these.

  • Mei-Ling

    June 26, 2009 01:50 am

    Very nice! :o)

  • Pigon

    June 26, 2009 12:53 am

    @ Ian - your Cuckoo reflection shot rocks!

  • Nate Kay

    June 26, 2009 12:33 am

    That is a really cool reflection shot Dana. I'll have to try that sometime.

  • Dana

    June 26, 2009 12:31 am

    One of my coolest shots is a self-portrait reflection in a camera:


  • Nate Kay

    June 26, 2009 12:21 am

    Those are some nice photos Lisa. I'll put that down on my places to go list.

  • LisaNewton

    June 26, 2009 12:19 am

    Oh, shoot, I missed one part of my coding: Venice Canals

  • LisaNewton

    June 26, 2009 12:18 am

    Wow, these are great. I'm a big fan of reflection photos, and if you're ever looking for a great place to take a few, I recommend the a href="http://www.travelinlocal.com/a-guide-to-walking-the-venice-canals-in-los-angeles/" target="_blank">Venice Canals in Los Angeles. Smooth water, great color, and wonderful buildings, plus, talk about relaxing. It doesn't get any better.

  • Nate Kay

    June 26, 2009 12:18 am

    Great shot llan! You really put that one together perfectly. I'm sure a lot of digital photos nowadays go to ps or some sort of photo editing program before being posted for the public to see. Other times, a photo can be so good that it surely seems ps was the only way they could get that image.

  • Ilan

    June 26, 2009 12:12 am

    Some of the reflection in the photos above look like they were added in Photoshop... Hmm... :)

    Here is my use of reflection - http://www.ilanbresler.com/2009/06/cuckoo.html

  • Nate Kay

    June 25, 2009 11:59 pm

    @Lee The mountain one is also one of my favorites. I'm a big fan of nature photography.

    @Pigon Nice reflection photo! It looks great in b&w.

  • Mark Steele

    June 25, 2009 11:09 pm

    Great! Here is one of my own reflection shots that I took in Cambodia a couple of years back too:


  • lloydyp

    June 25, 2009 11:08 pm

    Heres one of mine


    and another


  • Hol'guy

    June 25, 2009 10:42 pm

    I have one too! but it never helped to be a Flickr star! :)

  • Pigon

    June 25, 2009 10:36 pm

    Well, I guess linking is too hard for me... one last try: http://www.flickr.com/photos/piotr_golebiowski/3659996052/

  • Pigon

    June 25, 2009 10:35 pm

    Sorry, link goes here for my comment:

  • Pigon

    June 25, 2009 10:33 pm

    Great examples! Look for reflections around you. They are everywhere and used creatively can lead to very unusual pictures.

    Below is my own example (self portrait):

  • Naomi Creek

    June 25, 2009 09:54 pm

    These are awesome pics. I love the duck - amazing creature :)

  • Lee Milthorpe

    June 25, 2009 09:46 pm

    Reflections really do add so much to an otherwise flat image! This collection is really nice, my favourite being the mountain scene by Vandelizer, that one is just breathtaking!

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