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27 Resplendent ‘Reflections’ Images to Inspire You

Reflections are everywhere – in mirrors, windows, puddles, the ocean, lakes, in architecture and more. Here’s 27 images that all feature reflections of one kind or another. Which do you like most?

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Note: click any of these images to be taken to the Flickr page of the photographer to learn more about them and their image.

The Dance of Joy

Urmia Salt Lake / ?????? ? ??? ??????

Harrison Hot Springs (explored!)

I've reached the end of the world

Disney's California Adventure

ScHiZoPhReNiA

Lost Schoolgirl

A New Era

quarter past 5

Che l'Uomo sia lacerato dal Cielo e dalla Terra...

Ottawa River

AYUNTAMIENTO CORUÑA II

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Time to Reflect

Two equestrian riders, girls on horseback, in low tide reflections on serene Morro Strand State Beach

Double gull

Everyday is like Sunday

Farewell India - The Taj Mahal

Ankor Wat Eyegasm

The Bullet – Lost in Beijing (?????)

A Perfect Morning at Glacier National Park

Endless love

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • phil marion

    March 16, 2012 07:23 am

    Some great shots here.
    Here's my all-time favorites:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phil_marion/3303854346/in/datetaken/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phil_marion/6065678737/in/set-72157625763628002

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phil_marion/3659310260/in/datetaken/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phil_marion/5694732355/in/set-72157626455749635

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phil_marion/5330693549/in/set-72157625763628002

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phil_marion/4675463507/in/set-72157601843446536

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phil_marion/5677616710/in/set-72157626455749635

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phil_marion/5662962366/in/set-72157626455749635

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phil_marion/4617000805/in/set-72157612027870877

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phil_marion/3946791746/in/set-72157622311960367

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phil_marion/6681759249/in/set-72157628665038405

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phil_marion/6880577403/in/set-72157628659603683

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phil_marion/6116523872/in/set-72157601849765941

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/phil_marion/1340832065/in/set-72157601893655857

  • Amir Paz

    March 15, 2012 04:49 am

    i love reflections photos

    here is one that i consider as my best ever :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/amirpaz/3638887547/in/set-72157619853869331

    and my very first one during a photography lesson :

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/amirpaz/2459283854/in/set-72157604839519124

    Hope you enjoy...

    Amir

  • Arun

    March 14, 2012 07:49 pm

    Some of the reflections I captured...

    Check these out...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hs_arun/5570926810/in/photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hs_arun/5570337545/in/photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hs_arun/5570928582/in/photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hs_arun/5570341973/in/photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hs_arun/5570931718/in/photostream

    Enjoy...

    Arun

  • Lora Lee

    March 13, 2012 06:27 am

    I like to see the creative eye in these reflections....

    Here's a fun one I captured last fall....
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/72222635@N07/6830798348/

    Enjoy!
    Keep the creative ideas flowing...

    Lora

  • FAZAL KHAN

    March 12, 2012 04:59 pm

    Hi there,,

    I am amazed to see the way people click photographs.

    I want to know whether they are edited or are the original images as clicked by the man himself??

  • Daemonia

    March 12, 2012 02:16 am

    Here's my two shots at this:

    Some firework with the colors reflected in the water (one of my first firework picture!): http://www.flickr.com/photos/23398126@N02/3791071360/in/set-72157621824789545/

    And a bird on the beach: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23398126@N02/6341176952/in/photostream

    Can't really compare to the picture in this post, but I'm aiming there; I love reflections :)

  • Sharon Eschenroeder

    March 11, 2012 01:56 am

    Great shots. All very beautiful and unique. Here are some more to share: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharonesch/6969486485/

  • milad ayoub

    March 10, 2012 07:32 pm

    great pictures

  • Alan

    March 10, 2012 03:29 pm

    I suppose a fake reflection is still a reflection.. #5: "A big thanks to Tomasito.! for helping me with fake reflections:) Edited in CS4" It's still a great photo, post-production.

  • Jeff W

    March 10, 2012 10:41 am

    Those are just an amazing set of images!

  • Catani

    March 10, 2012 09:23 am

    http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2796/4304672217_e220b4dd94_o.jpg

  • carson

    March 10, 2012 05:00 am

    Some excellent photographs of reflections......I generally prefer the ones where the reflection does not look as if it's an exact copy of the original, as a little blurring or ripples look more realistic in my opinion.
    An "exact" reflection in comparison looks like the original turned upside down and then joined back to the original which can be done very easily using photoshop for example.

  • Ashiq

    March 10, 2012 04:12 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashiqpm/5257095805/in/photostream

  • Ashiq

    March 10, 2012 03:01 am

    Really interesting.

    A few firework reflections from a novice.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashiqpm/5268878373/in/photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashiqpm/5269481522/in/photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashiqpm/5269472106/in/photostream

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashiqpm/6920606639/in/photostream

  • Paul

    March 10, 2012 02:18 am

    Some awesome photos, but maybe some are a bit over saturated for my liking? I end up thinking more about the colours than the composition and subject matter?

  • HOOP

    March 9, 2012 10:47 pm

    It's great that you've given some attention to the wonderful world of reflections. However, the majority of these reflections are ruined by having the subject and horizon line dead centre in the images. The only one that's worth anything is the old building reflected in the puddle by Jody Art. And what's with all that HDR stuff? Really distracts from the actual ambiance of the existing light. Not a great collection of really great reflections at all. Come on, you can do better than this, surely!

  • Zeon Valdez

    March 9, 2012 07:41 pm

    I like the shoots very brilliant this is what I am looking for. This man is a real PRO. :)

  • OnyxE

    March 9, 2012 04:34 pm

    The first one is my favorite because I get resplendent overload after about one of these types of photos. It's like eating chocolate....if you have the best a small bit satisfies the craving. My reflections aren't resplendent but I love the subject so....
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/marionlynne777/6819989238/in/photostream/lightbox/

  • rd

    March 9, 2012 10:59 am

    The gull is magnificent.

  • Mehmet Nariçi

    March 9, 2012 08:53 am

    Harika güzel foto?raflar. // Great beautiful pictures.

  • Vince Landau

    March 9, 2012 08:48 am

    These are beyond incredible. I have a vague idea of what it took to get such magnificent pictures, and I am in awe. Thanks for sharing!

  • James Goneaux

    March 9, 2012 08:42 am

    Very inspiring, indeed.

    Anyone else use a circular polorizer? I admit that I overuse mine (like I do with any piece of equipment for a few, er, years after getting it. But sometimes it works ok:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesgonneau/6434550629/in/photostream

  • Giovanna

    March 7, 2012 09:06 pm

    Here are a few of mine.

    http://www.exploretravelphotography.com/gallery/h27df6c1c#h27df6c1c
    http://www.exploretravelphotography.com/gallery/h27df6c1c#h28796a7c
    http://www.exploretravelphotography.com/gallery/h27df6c1c#h1b990e65
    http://www.exploretravelphotography.com/gallery/h27df6c1c#h20776129

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer

    March 6, 2012 02:23 pm

    This is perhaps the most impressive collection of images dPS has put together for a blog post yet. Well done.

    My own favorite shot of 2009 was a candid portrait of a boy on the beach shore unknowingly touching a reflection of himself:

    http://jasoncollinphotography.com/blog/2010/1/20/favorite-five-photographs-from-2009.html

  • Alignm2

    March 5, 2012 02:36 pm

    I love the image of the building reflected in the puddle on the cobblestone road. I loved all these images. They are all well done, great post-production. Fabulous job.
    I do have one question/comment ; Are shadows reflections? I never thought of them in those terms, but I am going to review my thoughts on this!

  • Gomaja

    March 4, 2012 10:15 pm

    A statue by Georg Kolbe admiring herself in the water:
    https://secure.flickr.com/photos/gomaja/6486296581/in/photostream/lightbox/

  • Seb

    March 4, 2012 07:34 pm

    Great pictures on this page.

    Here is one of mine :
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/49749846@N07/5700479434/

  • Seb

    March 4, 2012 07:34 pm

    Great pictures on this page.

    Here is one of mines :
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/49749846@N07/5700479434/

  • Chris Honiball

    March 4, 2012 05:08 pm

    Got a few reflection photos here (in things other than water, too!).

    http://christopherhoniball.com/blog/full-width/personal-work-nashville-photography/

  • Lauren

    March 4, 2012 06:13 am

    I like the dance of joy by Gary.

  • Richard Linton

    March 4, 2012 04:10 am

    Very nice shots, tough to pick "best one" (is there ever a "best one"??? ;-) )

    Here is one that I took of downtown Madison, WI showing the convention center and buildings reflected in Lake Monona

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/56350902@N02/6653838675/

  • TzV-EyE-GeR

    March 4, 2012 02:40 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tzveyeger/6548252803/in/photostream

  • Michiel

    March 3, 2012 08:52 pm

    I really like what you can do with reflections. Here is one I took some time ago:

    http://www.michielhulst.com/bw/construction-2/

  • Andi Haag

    March 3, 2012 08:37 pm

    Great images!

    Maybe my four-eyed fish suits here, too?

    http://www.fotocommunity.de/pc/pc/mypics/1115082/display/14314662

  • peter

    March 3, 2012 06:58 pm

    I was very intrigued tot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/roriito/6088776415/in/photostream

  • Jose Alberto Alcaide

    March 3, 2012 06:25 pm

    What about turning the reflection upside down?

    Leon Cathedral.">

  • Bharat Justa

    March 3, 2012 04:43 pm

    Awesome reflection images! A few were not awesome but still, good!

  • steveG

    March 3, 2012 11:29 am

    These are all amazing shots! Thanks for posting, Darren!

  • Chris Gin

    March 3, 2012 11:11 am

    Very nice set of shots!

  • Scottc

    March 3, 2012 11:02 am

    These are some of the best reflection photos I've ever seen.

    I'm especially partial to reflections created as a side effect of rain, such as with the street in Poland.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/4274818672/

  • Otto

    March 3, 2012 10:41 am

    Like the first one most.

  • Massimo Belloni

    March 3, 2012 10:19 am

    Beautiful!

    My versions of "reflection" pictures are here:

    http://www.maxbelloni.com/2008/09/27/mont-cenis-lake-at-dusk/
    http://www.maxbelloni.com/2008/09/27/mont-cenis-lake-in-the-evening/

    (HDR... ;-)

  • Stan Dubin

    March 3, 2012 10:01 am

    They are almost all exquisite but my fave would be one with the boy looking what seems to be a train window.

  • hubblefromthesun

    March 3, 2012 08:39 am

    These are all beautiful. I think my favorites are the reflection of the city lights, the one with the fog, and the capsule looking building.

  • Judd

    March 3, 2012 08:38 am

    Nice

  • DakotaVisionsPhotographyLLC

    March 3, 2012 05:03 am

    Great reflection photos! WOW! Love "I've reached the end of the World", "Quarter Past 5", "Time to Reflect", and "A Perfect Morning at Glacier National Park". Reflections are well-loved by almost anyone - we've gone to doing a signed, limited edition copy of our 'Sunrise at Sylan Lake' too http://www.dakotavisions.com/blackhillsphotography/h1f083529#h1f083529

  • steve slater

    March 3, 2012 04:03 am

    Here is one of a lake in France. Like a mirror:

    http://wildlifeencounters.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Scenes-of-France/G0000BzQXTlspD3c/I0000WQPaP1KqHfk

  • phil

    March 3, 2012 04:02 am

    The first one is very striking, but I like several of them.

    Here are a few I took while on a shoot for a client here in Asheville, NC.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11218418@N08/6946715315/sizes/l/in/photostream/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11218418@N08/2681358580/sizes/l/in/photostream/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11218418@N08/2681364396/sizes/l/in/photostream/

  • Jose Jimenez

    March 3, 2012 03:51 am

    A very nice collection of photos but a majority of them have had fairly heavy-handed HDR processing applied to them. A lighter, subtler touch would have conveyed the same atmosphere without veering towards the cartoonish.

  • Jeff E Jensen

    March 3, 2012 03:45 am

    Erik - that is a great image!

  • Jeff E Jensen

    March 3, 2012 03:42 am

    Wow, these are some pretty amazing images. I love the shot with the mirror in the background.

    Here's a few from a recent (last summer) trip to Jenny Lake in the Tetons:

    http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/2011/07/jenny-lake.html

  • Erik Kerstenbeck

    March 3, 2012 03:37 am

    Not all reflections need water...

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/details-harley-davidson/

  • Greg nelson

    March 3, 2012 03:35 am

    The Cloud Gate (Bean) sculpture in downtown Chicago makes for some really cool reflections. This is the best shot I've gotten. It's cool even though it's raining.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tallok/6476718745/

  • THE aSTIG @ CustomPinoyRides.com

    March 3, 2012 03:19 am

    What's my favorite? I like them all! Nicely done! Although the 11th photo, the one with the bird about to land, that's the winner for me. To get that shot with that kind of color (if natural and no PP involved), well, let's just say it would be very difficult to try and replicate that shot. You must be waiting to shoot at the right place at the right time and must have clicked the shutter at the exact moment just before the bird landed.

    I also use reflections in my type of photography - Automotive Photography.

    When I take my still shots, sometimes having a body of water around, even a puddle, can give that much needed oomph to spice up a photo. Much like this still shot of an orange Ford Focus ST with its reflection on a puddle of water:

    http://custompinoyrides.com/2011/08/focus-on-this-ford-and-tell-me-what-you-see/

  • Kiran

    March 3, 2012 02:40 am

    Such a beautiful selection of photos. I recently took this photo of reflections in an ice covered lake in the UK. http://www.earthandsky.eu/?p=88

  • Mridula

    March 3, 2012 02:38 am

    I liked the golden mountain most. Here is one of mine, of a high altitude lake in India, Dhankar Lake.

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/2007/07/two-pictures-from-spiti.html

  • raghavendra

    March 3, 2012 02:22 am

    beautiful reflections. Creativity makes it all happen.
    here's mine

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/2011/09/creative-reflections.html

  • Sinbad

    March 3, 2012 01:57 am

    Oh i forgot to vote... #3 is my favorite

  • Rick

    March 3, 2012 01:39 am

    Oh...apparently you can't insert html in here. Here's the link to the picture:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/61340008@N02/6190721224/in/photostream

  • Rick

    March 3, 2012 01:38 am

    Picture #2: I was in that same spot for the Prosser Balloon Rally in Washington State last year:

  • Sinbad

    March 3, 2012 01:34 am

    Great, I love reflection in photos

    Here is another good one
    http://500px.com/photo/4488167

  • John

    March 3, 2012 01:15 am

    @Erin - I'm with you 100% This is an amazing set there really isn't a favorite for me!

  • Erin @ Pixel Tips

    March 3, 2012 12:52 am

    I thought I had my favorites picked out, but as I scrolled through the rest - they're all simply gorgeous. The photographers should be very proud of such beautiful work. What a lovely way to start my Friday!

  • John

    March 3, 2012 12:26 am

    Awesome set of reflections! I'm guessing this week we'll be looking at reflections ;)

    Here's one that I took not too long ago - it's nothing compared to what's posted above!

    http://www.phogropathy.com/amazing-purple-sunset/

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