When you are on the shore of a lake with a grand vista and mirror like reflection of snowy mountain top, water reflection is a bonus right?

Do you try to control water reflection in photography when making pictures?

In this picture, water reflection is not needed.  In fact, water reflection would not be aesthetically pleasing.   The real beauty in this scenery are the submerge rocks.  Most of us would stand on this river bank, raise the camera and snap a picture.  Chances are that water reflection would show us a part of the sky and trees in the background and it would be difficult to see these rocks.

Is this possible to control water reflection in photography?  Yes it is  Here are some of the tips and techniques you can use to cut or eliminate water reflection in photography:

  • Ensure the scenery across is darker.  Usually, when you look at the water you will know immediately if the reflection will improve your picture.  By changing angle, up or down, or moving from side to side, the reflection will change and might just disappear.
  • Use a Circular Polarizer Filter.  A polarizer filter help control reflection over shiny surfaces.  Enhancing or removing the reflection could be done by twisting the ring on the polarizer.

This picture, taken with a polarizer, does not show any reflection and enabling us all to see through the water.  A good polarizer is costly.  However, it will give years of services.  You should have a circular polarizer on your lens when you want to:

  • Take landscape picture;
  • Enhance colors of fall leaves;
  • Enhance the blue color of the sky;
  • Reduce reflection of water or glasses.
Do you use a Circular Polarizer?  If so, when is it most useful to your photography?
Technical details:
Camera:  Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm F4L
Tripod: Induro CT-214
Tripod Head: Induro BHD2
Aperture: F/13
Focal length: 34mm
ISO: 100