30 Days with the Fuji X100F: Day 7

Chicago, 2017; Fuji X100F; 1/420s; f/2.8; ISO 200

Oddly enough, my favorite picture of my weekend trip to Chicago was completely unrelated to the festivities of St. Patrick’s Day. Ever since digging deeper into Saul Leiter’s work a few months ago, I’ve been really enjoying making images of reflections. This is a pretty unsophisticated reflection picture, but I just love how the skyline in the reflection complements the #FlyTheW flag and the Cubs World Series memorabilia. It’s like a city/sports visual mashup.

Making images of reflections that are visually interesting is pretty easy because the overlap of the images in the reflection with the content on the other side of the glass does most of the work for you. It can be tough to reduce the complexity and get the angles just right, but even if you fall short in these areas the image can still be entertaining. What’s more difficult is making an image of reflections that’s thematically interesting. Most of my reflection images consist of smashing together two vaguely related subjects to generate an unconvincing storyline. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to see this reflection scene that fits together so naturally amidst hooligans in green pantsuits.

I know the last two posts haven’t really been related to the X100F, but I’ll be back tomorrow with another picture from my trip to Chicago with my thoughts on using the X100F as your only camera while traveling.

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