This is the reflection of a car passing fast before me in Crithoni. I was waiting for a friend to pick me up at the point where the narrow street leading to my neighbourhood meets the main road. Very often there are large puddles at this spot formed by the water that has run downhill from freshly washed front yards. When it rains, the puddle becomes a lake and the name of our narrow street that climbs down from halfway up the hill is quite eloquent: River.
I tried to catch reflections of passing motorbikes mainly but as the traffic was scarce I compromised with reflections of cars too. I tried to find a good frame and press the shutter at the best moment. I was very fortunate that my best frame during this brief session was of one of the very few yellow cars going around on Leros. I also liked that the puddle was sprinkled with some bougainvillea petals that had flown over from a garden nearby.
I’ve ceased hating the puddle and now find it fascinating:)
Thank you for visiting, a great weekend to all
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annjackman (21899) 2013-09-28 0:27
The yellow car was a great find and gives vibrancy to this reflection in the puddle. There is a lovely sense of movement and I like the tight crop. Imaginative photography - very well done and TFS.
Kind Regards, Ann
jhm (152938) 2013-09-28 0:54
Yes puddles are very annoying, certainly when you step in the water of the puddle.
But you use these puddle as subject with a nice reflection of these yellow car, this real experimental, but nice found.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ikeharel (71421) 2013-09-28 1:04
You made me lough now, "River" street, Ourania, you knwo why ? - becouse we call our street Arlozorov River, as in winter after a short rain downpour it becomes an un-crossable river... we have 5 street in parallel to ours with the same phenomenon...
Nicely spotted the yellow car past over the puddle.
have a nice weekend,
bukitgolfb301 (41850) 2013-09-28 1:17
Hi dear Ourania
Ya again your high senses are perfectly prsented.
So poetic and artstic image at all. Nice lemon yellow color with good accent of pink petals. So authentic image at all but already as usual!
All the best and have a good Saturday! Takero
snunney (99088) 2013-09-28 1:39
This brightly coloured yellow car makes a great subject when reflected in the puddle. Captured at just the right moment to fill the frame.
mjw364 (1066) 2013-09-28 2:00
Well it seems we have shared a theme - reflections of cars! Mine looks like it is underwater but isn't and so does yours but you use water to create the reflection and I used shiny metal! You see, great minds think alike, which doesn't necessarily stop us from having great minds!
This is a very artistic, imaginative and creative shot. I like the contrasting yellow, blue and browns. There is a smattering of reds from what like blossom floating which adds to the colour aesthetics. I like this a lot.
You should wait by this puddle more often to see what else you can conjure up!
ChrisJ (114043) 2013-09-28 4:52
Effective tight framing with a stunning warm cold color contrast between the reflected yellow car and the blue sky. Good sharpness and the fallen pink flowers add interest. I like the slight motion blur of the vehicle which conveys movement. Tfs!
Silvio1953 (143184) 2013-09-28 7:18
Ciao Ourania, favoloso riflesso, se ho capito bene la nota l'hai preso al volo, eccezionale, bravissima, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (31132) 2013-09-28 8:22
Perfect timing to create this very unusual image, as I looked at this I did sit here wondering how exactly you did this. Did the car perhaps fly past behind you? The color of the car is perfect as well, being bright it jumps out of the scene in front of us, and those red flower petals stand out brilliantly against the yellow car. Innovative and unique capture, thanks for sharing.
All the best
gojo (1769) 2013-09-28 10:40
When I saw the thumbnail and Your name, I thought; where is the water?? But of course, it´s all water! Just exceptionally well colored.
And Yes, sometimes it´s worth waiting.
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-09-28 11:31
Excellent reflection shot of the car.Bright colors make the image very special.
Fascinating composition with great exposure, splendid light and wonderful warm colors.TFS.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-09-28 12:00
The composition is so amazing I just couldn't resist.I'm writing the critique on my mobile phone so forgive me if I do some mistakes:)oh I miss my laptop:)
You had really good eye for the scene.the puddles provide us sometimes with really fascinating opportunities for photography.Like in your case!Strong graphical composition!masterfully composed and executed!
PS.Santorini is beautiful.people,weather and of course sights are superb!I have really great time here(just came back from Oia)
lousat (91376) 2013-09-28 15:24
Ciao Ourania,tu sei una delle regine dei riflessi,conosco da tempo il tuo stile fotografico e questo è un nuovo grandissimo risultato,davvero originale e differente dal solito e di grande impatto visivo,l'alta saturazione e' stata la svolta decisiva.Complimenti e buona Domenica,Luciano
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-09-28 20:31
puddles really offers some great picture opportunities many time. Here is a great example of it. You done well to capture it in right moment. Great colours. Like the presence of petals of flower in your shot. Excellent idea, very well executed. Weldnod & Tfs.
siudzi (34141) 2013-09-29 1:54
Original and very interesting capture executed with strong saturation and color contrast. The achieved visual effect of this reflected yellow car is superb and so eye-catching! TFS.
Have a nice day!
holmertz (52744) 2013-09-29 10:33
Another fine proof that patience pays in the long run. Among the many pictures of reflections on TE this is one of the more original compositions. It is quite artistic and very amusing, with a good combination of colours.
mcmtanyel (22660) 2013-09-29 13:27
I love photos of cars. This painting proved that I love paintings of car, too. Impressionistic masters could not have done better!
abmdsudi (54085) 2013-09-29 21:18
Superb close-up and the distorted reflection on the water surface yielding an excellent effect, and I would look at this flipped upside down to give a totally different feel!! The image appears cleaner with the painterly look, nice striking colors and contrast is excellent, a well seized opportunity timely shot. Well done.
Kugart (1778) 2013-09-30 6:40
Hi Ourania ,
A very unusual and well captured image of the reflection of the car in the puddle. Great patience and timing required to achieve this superb shot with really nice vivid colours.
s_lush (16134) 2013-09-30 7:47
This colorful optical reflection has been captured by you highly inventively and artistically. It looks more like a impressionists' painting. Excellent idea, which has been realized by you perfectly!
delpeoples (58074) 2013-10-03 21:30
Hai un buon occhio lo sai? Non avrei mai notato la possibilita' di una composizione cosi. Sembra quasi astratto. I colori forti e la tessitura dei riflessi sono elementi importanti e essenziali. Complimenti, e ti auguro una bella serata.
Cricri (119495) 2013-12-12 11:11
Fantastique tant pour la prise des reflets, bien vu et réaliser et cette couleur jaune éclatante, vraiment magnifique
jcpix (13930) 2014-02-03 15:47
Haha, your note made me smile...from the most routine of situations we sometimes realize the things we've been missing out on when we don't slow life down enough to take in the simple pleasures. "I’ve ceased hating the puddle and now find it fascinating" That is just fantastic!
And now we see what comes from that observational detail and realization. :) This one caught my eye today for its contrast to your most recent, as this reflection has much more of a gritty, textured appearance. Well, that and the fact that the yellow color is highly dominant...but all in a very nice manner. Because of the visible asphalt, this has a hint of a Salvador Dali effect about it, I'm quite enjoying how you've framed this shot. Also noteworthy is what you didn't include, not making the entirety too easy, there's still something left to the imagination. Have a wonderful day ahead.
My friendliest wishes,