02 July, 2016

Reflection Of Street Lamp In A Water Puddle

Minimalism as Less Elements 

A Minimalist Photo of the Reflection of a Street Lamp in a water puddle formed post rain.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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This shot was taken Post-rain, outside "Jal Dhara" recreation park at JLN Marg Jaipur. 

Finding Water Puddles otherwise is very tough, unless of course there is a pipeline leakage or cleaning going on somewhere. Once you spot a water puddle, judge it by the clarity of the reflection and the amount of light it is offering. A water puddle that is both muddy and reflects less light, is of no use. Choose one wisely, before you decide to put in your effort.

Once you've chosen a puddle, go down on your knees and try to find out, what is being reflected in the puddle. If you do not see anything worthwhile, change your position and look again. I would recommend you to do a full 360 degree review. That increases the chances of finding a good subject drastically. Once you spot something worthwhile, I suggest shooting RAW or using Exposure Bracketing on your camera. 
Getting the exposure right in such shots it a little tough. Post-processing definitely offers helps here. I am also sharing the EXIF Data of the photo below. Hope that helps too.


  • Camera Maker: Canon
  • Camera Model: Canon 600D
  • Lens: Canon 50mm f 1.4
  • Camera Mode: Manual
  • ISO speed: ISO-100
  • F-stop: f/4
  • Exposure time: 1/160 sec
  • Exposure bias: 0 step

A word on the Composition:

This photo is Minimalism as Less Elements, where the only element in the frame is the Reflection of Street Lamp in the water puddle. The Subject is placed on top right, leaving negative space on the left. The footpath has been used in a way so as to form a diagonal line on the left. The line adds to the overall composition and balances the frame.
Let me also caution you a little. Shooting water puddles on streets with traffic is risky. One tends to get lost in the shot and forgets completely about the vehicles around. I would advise, not to take any undue risks. If it is risky to take a shot, then simple find another shot or subject. Subjects for Minimalist Photos are everywhere, observe closely and you will find many.

Remember: Safety first, photos later.


  1. Is it reflection ?!! When I saw I thought it is something is there.

  2. I too felt it to be an insect at first glace.
    Very well observed and captured.

  3. intersting!not only the image but also the observation at first place

  4. Even I thought it was something on the puddle...had to look closely. It's a great click...congratulations! :)

  5. Also its looks like that some mini plane with big tale and wings landing on runway.

    1. "Mini plane landing on a runway."

      Thank you for this interpretation.