I love making photos. I use the word ‘making’ because you don’t just ‘take’ a photo. The colours, the lighting, the focus, the editing; everything combines to tell a better story than pen to paper ever could. You recreate the world through a simple lens.
So for the second instalment of ‘Snapshot Saturday’, after PORTRAIT OF PARIS, I’ve decided to do ‘Snapshot Saturday: puddlegrams of Paris’. Taking photos in the actual rain is an absolute nightmare! Even if you angle your camera lens down and avoid the direct rains, the lens still manages to get misty and those odd water droplets ruin the picture (grr).
However, as soon as the rain stops, you’ll be the only person to ever get that exact shot in that exact location in that exact puddle.
Tips for making puddlegrams:
- Find a puddle (duh- and besides, finding puddles in Paris is easy considering how much it rains!) be surprised by how a little or muddy puddle can actually make quite a cool reflection…
- Set your camera settings before you start (when you’re leaning close to the puddle you don’t want to be messing around with the dials).
- Bring the camera right down to the level of the water, ensuring that the lens is as close to the water as possible (without getting wet, of course).
- Keep the camera as level as possible and make sure that it is not facing downwards as you’ll end up with too much reflection and not enough ‘object’!
- Finally, practice practice practice!
Some of these are literal puddles, others are fountains: all are reflections:
Jardin des Tuileries
Near the Eiffel Tower
The base of the Eiffel Tower
The Louvre (but not inside the ‘fountain’ area)
Jardin du Luxembourg