The water level close to the river bank was quite shallow but at the angle of this shot it looks as if the rocks are floating on the mirror image of the autumn trees. Mentioning reflections, the water was flat as glass until a couple of ducks paddled by and made the water ripple. So instead of an ideal mirror image I ended up with a bit of an impressionist type of reflection – my art classes are coming back to me now. When taking photos out in nature it is important to dress properly for where you will be going (sturdy water repellant shoes work for wet and muddy), be aware of your surroundings (loose rocks, slippery mud, hidden tree roots), something to cover your camera in a pinch should it start to rain (or put the camera in your bag and have something to cover it up with), and where your and/or your equipments shadow is depending on what time of day you are out shooting.
This time of year it’s also advisable to be aware of hunting season. The last time I was out in the woods I heard gunfire in the distance. I think it was just someone target shooting but you get my point here. Keep your eyes open for those shots but also be aware of your own safety.
F5.0 – 1/250 – ISO100 – 35mm – Canon 5D