On Taking Assignments #18 - Reflection

It's fun when a shot reveals something about the physical that is unintended.  This reflection was a more interesting subject than I thought it would be due to what was in and out of focus.

I've never played with mirrors as a compositional tool, and after 'reflection' was assigned I used this retractable mirror to create an endless reflection shot.  I used the third reflection as my focal point.

In reviewing the photo on the computer I saw just how out of focus the nearest reflection was.  What this shot revealed to me was that multiple reflections add distance to a subject from the camera.  Here my focal point was four times my distance to the big bathroom mirror, which is why the third reflection is sharp.

It is also interesting to note that the door behind me in the shot is in focus as well, meaning that the distance to the third reflection is about equal to the distance from me to the mirror to the door.

This opens up some possibilities for creative reflections and is something that I will explore in the future.

On Taking Assignments

I frequently listen to the On Taking Pictures (OTP) podcast, which I highly recommend to anyone looking for good conversation about creativity, especially as it related to photography.  In January 2014 the hosts, Bill Wadman and Jeffery Saddoris, began a new segment of weekly assignments that they gave to listeners.  Results of the assignments are posted on the OTP Google Plus group.  I decided that I would commit myself to the assignments for a year without interruption, and that I would complete each one before the next assignment was announced on the show each Tuesday morning.  My 'On Taking Assignments' blog posts are the culmination of my year-long focus on these assignments.