Reflective surfaces

I'm fond of reflections (what photographer isn't?) and I spent 10+ minutes trying to frame this shot just right a couple weeks ago.

I was on my way to the Drink and Click event and had just stepped out my office door and while waiting for the elevator, glanced out the window.  We're on the 18th floor; the sun was setting and I got a lovely shot of the Tokyo Tower (posted previously), when I glanced down and noticed how the light had turned just right to create this great reflection.

It wasn't particularly easy to shoot because I wanted to dial down aperture to at least f8 and keep ISO as low as possible, (in this case 200), which resulted in a 1/2 second shutter speed, so I got several blurry and badly composed shots before finally taking one I was happy with.

Unfortunately I couldn't avoid all of the unwanted reflections of my windowsill, but I'll take what I can get.  🙂

Ok, back to work, I just wanted to post this 😉

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  • December 28, 2012 - 03:23 | Permalink

    nice shot, good reflections!  but, may i ask?  why did you feel the need to keep the iso so low?  that camera is beautiful and virtually noiseless even 2 or 3 (or 4!) stops faster.

  • December 28, 2012 - 04:29 | Permalink

    Thanks +hikaru starr !  I try to use the lowest iso possible, partially a holdover from my time with the D90, and partially because I do notice the grain when I'm editing, particularly from around ISO 400 and up.
    I tried base iso (100) and it just wasn't working (handheld, lens fully extended, and pushed against the glass made for a bit of a juggling act since the lens kept retracting), so I tried 200 and the half second shutter speed I got was just enough.
    It's a personal thing mostly I guess… I do not mind as much when shooting street though, and can go to 1000 and above without worry.

  • December 29, 2012 - 13:54 | Permalink

    so cool – makes me dizzy :o)

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