All An Illusion, Water, Reflections, Shifting Colors - click to enlarge

All An Illusion, Water, Reflections, Shifting Colors

This article is part of the ongoing fascination, and frustration, in trying to photograph a deep swamp.

Because any light streams through a green canopy over head and then hits the waters surface, nothing is as it seems.

All An Illusion, Water, Reflections, Shifting Colors - click to enlarge
All An Illusion, Water, Reflections, Shifting Colors – click to enlarge

Above the water appears brown (left bottom) but actually it is crystal clear here, the light shines right down to the mud. Since you have shining sun over the surface judging what is real versus a reflection (tree trunks) is almost impossible.

All An Illusion, Water, Reflections, Shifting Colors - click to enlarge
All An Illusion, Water, Reflections, Shifting Colors – click to enlarge

Now throw in a new wrinkle. The Cypress roots grown up out of the water. Everybody knows a tree roots down not up!

All An Illusion, Water, Reflections, Shifting Colors - click to enlarge
All An Illusion, Water, Reflections, Shifting Colors – click to enlarge

In the last image here the water was deeper. This gave more open space to work with. Still getting perspective in any image escapes me.

I may try shooting video out there. I hesitate since I personally don’t like to shoot video, it takes a tripod that must be carried out, and finally we as an audience look at the first few seconds and move on.

My next attack on getting decent shots out there may be focusing in closer on objects rather than shooting wide.

All comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

4 thoughts on “All An Illusion, Water, Reflections, Shifting Colors”

  1. These are beautiful shots, Ted! When enlarged you feel you are almost there amongst the greenery, the light, and those wonderful water reflections. These are view and visions I would never see the likes of here, so I find them most fascinating. I struggle with landscapes myself, but I think you should go with what you feel is best for you in expressing what you see and feel. Wide or long, can work equally well.

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