Tonight I decided to try and shoot some shots of reflections using an old mirror. I spent a good 20 minutes cleaning and polishing the mirror to get rid of all spots and dust. Even with all that work I still had to clean this shot in Photoshop. It may just be me but I think the spot healing brush tool in CS5 is much better.
As I was cleaning the mirror on the floor of our living room I noticed that the leaves from the big leaf maple tree in our backyard was making some interesting reflections. I knew that it could make for some interesting bokeh. In photography bokeh is the rendition of out of focus points of light and the sunlight that was filtering through the leaves was creating this effect. Bokeh is often a desired effect as it adds an quality to the blur that can be pleasing.
So I had my son stand on the mirror while I photographed his bare feet. He stood really still not because I asked him to, but because SpongeBob was on and it was an episode where a new student was saying he was going “Kick SpongeBob’s butt”. He thought that was pretty funny.
I shot this one wide open (f/2.8) with my Tamron 28-75. I used a single flash in a Lumiquest Softbox III directly camera right. Camera settings are below.
Canon 5DII | Tamron 28-75 | f/2.8 | 1/125th sec. | ISO 200