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Reflections Photo Challenge: Top Picks

By Diana K  ·  July 31st, 2013

Thank you, to all the photographers that participated in the Reflections Photo Challenge. Once again we had several stunning photos submitted. The talent of our members continues to awe and inspire us. Below are the finalist for the Reflections Photo Challenge, be sure to look in the September/October issue of PET to find out the winners of the Photo Challenge.


This tranquil reflection with its vibrant pink colors was taken by Judy Kepshire.


Joe Russell shot this majestic landscape of Mt. Shuskan.


This image of a graceful Blue Heron was photographed by Allison Smith.


This image by Sue Wharton, is aptly titled “A Different View”.


Whether you look straight at him, or view his profile reflection, this little cutie is adorable! Submitted by Christina Brashears


This beautiful landscape of Boulder Island was shot by Jeff Woodard.


Will he turn into a Prince? This gorgeous shot was taken by Tom Whipple.


This unique image, titled “A Glass of Tranquility”, was submitted by Ron Seiverth.


This amazing sunrise at Glacier National Park was captured by Judy Stowell.

Congratulations to all our finalist! Our “Family” Photo-Challenge is going on right now. Don’t forget to join the fun!

16 Replies to Reflections Photo Challenge: Top Picks:

  1. Darlene

    July 31, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Congratulations to all the finalists … I’m glad I don’t have to decide on a winner because they are all awesome photos! Stunning and creative work!!!

  2. Helen

    July 31, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I certainly agree with Darlene………..stunning images! Congratulations to all of the finalists, each one is a treasure!

  3. Dan

    August 2, 2013 at 11:02 am

    What a great selection of creative and beautiful reflections! Congratulations to all!

  4. Mary

    August 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Oh these all were awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Linda

    August 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    These photos are all beautiful and inspirational!!

  6. Eleanor

    August 6, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Wow! Such great, unique images. IMHO, these are the best picks of all the contests so far. Congrats to all.

  7. Jasmine

    August 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    By far the wine glass!

    • Randall

      September 27, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Hey Jasmine,

      In a way I agree with you, but in another way I’m not so sure.

      Certainly for creative composition, I think this is a “no-brainer” winner! Capturing the landscape image in the glass like that is simply creative genius. This is one image I will always remember and it will inspire me to try different things creatively. Any image that has that effect on its viewer is a winner!

      However, unlike the other images shown (other than the building), it doesn’t show both the original subject as well as the reflection of that image. I don’t know if that is a contest requirement, however it is an observation I made.

      Also, even the architectural shot of the building reflecting in the mirrored windows appears to be a relatively natural, in camera, shot.

      While the wine glass image is impressive and unforgettable, it looks like it probably had more editing done to it to create that image. I would love to talk to the photographer and see how it was shot and or edited!

  8. Vivian

    August 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I can only dream of this kind of photography. Awesome job EVERYONE!

  9. Carol

    August 10, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I would like to know how “A Glass of Tranquility” was accomplished. An interesting concept that I haven’t yet been able to replicate something similar with reflections of the glass, the liquid in the glass, and that of the landscape itself.

    • Ronald

      August 28, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Thanks for your nice comment Carol.

      Actually it was a rather straight forward process. I have a summer cabin in North Carolina and took this picture from my front porch. We had a “reflections” project for Ashe County Camera club and I spent a Sunday afternoon coming up with the right shot.

      I filled the glass half full with water (white wine was too yellow for the shot). I have a Canon7D with Live View. I took this with my 100mm f2.8 macro lens, but any lens near the 100 mm would probably work. On a tripod about 8 foot from the glass. With live view I can zoom from 5x to 10x for the focus and I took all my time focusing inside the water of the glass. Every thing else goes out of focus. When I was cropping the shot I created on right side up and the other upside down. I presented both to the photo club and the upside down shot just blew everyone away. We have a gallery in West Jefferson and I have been successful in selling about 11 framed copies. I have NEVER sold anything in my life. I am just a amateur who likes to take pictures.

      I am looking forward to this fall and hope to duplicate the shot with the fall foliage.

      Notice the water in the glass turns the image upside down, BUT in the stem of the glass the image is right side up. I think is a convex concave issue, but I am not sure.

      Feel free to write if you need anything else. Good Luck.

      Ron Seiverth

      • charles

        September 7, 2013 at 8:09 pm

        thank you ron.

      • Randall

        September 27, 2013 at 10:10 am


        I agree that “A Glass of Tranquility” is an absolutely unforgettable image and that it certainly inspires new creative ideas in my own photography.

        I have two questions for you.

        1) In this image, is it taken right side up and then printed upside down for this effect? If not, what did you use to keep the water in the glass?

        2) How can I obtain a copy of the image for my home?


      • Ronald

        September 28, 2013 at 8:37 am


        Thanks for the nice comments both to Jasmine and I.

        My first comment is that very little editing was done on this picture. The only required edit was to crop to get a balanced image. I used a tripod for the photo and must admit it was not completely level when I shot the image. I then did a little to bump up the color.
        No other editing.
        1) You are correct that the image was taken with the glass in the upright position and then for effect the image has been turned upside down. It is funny how that happened. I presented that image to the photo club glass sitting upright and then provide an image upside down. Our president said why would you want to do that (he is very traditional). When I displayed in the Catchlight Gallery last summer he was the one that said it should be upside down and from that point on that is the ONLY way I have presented this photo.

        Thanks for you interest and if you would like a copy of the print or discuss this you can email me or give me a call.

        I am hoping to duplicate this image with a fall setting in the next couple of weeks. We are in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina and the leaves are starting to change and should be at peak in about 10 days. Wish me luck.

        Ron Seiverth

  10. Steve

    August 16, 2013 at 4:20 am

    What a wonderful selection of a reflection….Congrats to all!!!

  11. Marc

    August 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Really like Joe Russell’s (my usual choice of weather conditions), but find Jeff Woodard’s has opened my eyes to the possibilities in “other than bright” lighting. Jeff is Ansel Adams, in Color.

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