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So much of my time lately has been spent testing our swimming pool water to get things all chemically in balance that I decided to photograph it! 

It was quite breezy today and what first caught my attention were a few small orange flowers that had been blown into the pool and were being tossed about on the rippled water. However, it wasn’t too long before I began to notice some interesting reflections, so the floating flowers were abandoned as I began to randomly capture the reflected patterns and colors forming in the moving water.

At first I went for the obvious…poolside annual flowers making floral reflections. (Hey, I like flowers, what can I say?) The more I shot however, the more ‘loose’ my shooting became and my full-on right-brain process kicked into high gear.

"Reflections of Her" (Woman's Face Formed by Water Ripples & Reflections) Nikon D300, 650mm (200-400mm w/1.7x Teleconverter), F/9, 1/200s, -0.3EV, ISO 400

This image took me completely by surprise! Very little post-processing has been done here, folks. What you see is what the camera captured in that split millisecond. Amazing, right?

(I now get why Lynn likes photographing water reflections. They’re fun! 🙂 )

A few more really interesting reflections were captured today so it looks like I may have another series on my hands! 🙂


UPDATE: Okay, for those not seeing the woman’s face, does this help?

Defined Eye (with eyelashes) and Mouth


  1. Yes, they are fun.

  2. very relaxing image, nice job!

  3. Interesting image there. I was never one to be able figure out abstract art, so I’ll admit to having some trouble seeing a face here! Still a neat capture with the colors and texture of the water.

    So how’s the pool doing? I was fighting that fight last week trying to rid mine of a greenish cast that I couldn’t seem to fix despite the water being chemically balanced. Turned out the dead algae I was trying to vacuum up was too fine; added some clarifier and it is back to sparkly blue. Yay!

    • Really? Hmmm, my husband says he saw the face instantly and he viewed the post on his cel phone! Even so, I’m glad you can still appreciate the shapes and colors! Thanks! 🙂

      The pool is doing MUCH better now that we’ve rid the water of copper and iron metals (was turning the water green). The last battle was boosting the free chlorine levels so the chlorinator could finally keep up. I believed I resolved that issue yesterday with the addition of liquid chlorine as well as a stabilizer to hold onto it! I actually need to go test the water again this morning to make sure! But all in all, I’m so looking forward to the next four days with hubby home (he returns tonight from Scotland – yay!) and the weather forecast looking bea-U-tiful! 🙂

      I hope you have a great July 4th weekend!

  4. Your most recent Bluesy I adored, but this one has me in two minds… bear in mind that I’m a detail fanatic so in this water photo I’m a little out of my depth.
    The bit of this I like best is the bottom right quarter of the photo… it’s calmer and more serene. The rest is harder for me to fathom.
    You know, each to his own… it’s the “x” factor that slips into a photo unawares that makes SUCH a difference to how we relate to it.
    I need to look at this one more and get to know it better.

    • Wow – so much thought over one little photo. I like it! 🙂

      They say abstract ‘art’ is supposed to make you think, so I guess it is doing its job! As for me, I just thought it was simply cool to me to ‘see’ a face where there is just color and water. From the other comments, I am getting that not all are seeing the face, which is too bad, but I understand what we all see on our monitors varies. Sigh. I wish all of you could be seeing what I am seeing.

      I find the image complex…like showing all the sides of a woman: calm/serene, colorful, exciting (that streak of white which could either mean angry or feisty or intelligent or …?), sad, feminine and on and on.

      Thank you for your very in-depth comment! Much appreaciated! 🙂

  5. Hmmm…. I don’t see a face either, but I do like the photo. Except for the white reflection in the upper right corner, it’s a bit distracting to me.
    Great idea for a new series!

    • Darn. The face is so well-formed it is eerie. I wish it was getting across to all of you!

      At first, like you, I wasn’t a fan of the white. But as I looked at the image more and more, with the whole concept being all the complicated emotions and sides to a woman, I think the white provides, I dunno, something, and the image wouldn’t be as strong without it.

      Maybe I should just stick to flowers and critters?? Nahhhhhh… 😉

      Thanks, Michaela! 🙂

  6. I can see a face, – made out of the pink tones. Is it that face you´re seeing? Everyone will be able to see it, I think, if you just give a hint about where to look. Ones imagination can find many things at a photo like this, which I btw realy like. Water and reflections are so inspiring to work with, so many motives appears and disappears all the time. Don´t you think it is a wonderful feeling to let the motive take over and follow it without knowing where to it will take you?

    • I’ve added an image to the post pointing out the face I’m seeing. Do you see it now, too? (God, I hope I’m not insane!)

      I wholeheartedly agree! The creative process is mysterious and exciting and I really like it when I allow myself the freedom to play.

      Thanks for playing along with me, Birgitte! 🙂

  7. Love this abstract shot, beautiful 🙂

    • Thank you, Consuelo! 🙂

      Does this mean you see the face, too? (please, please). 😉

  8. Umm, OK, after staring at it for a few minutes, I think I see it… the dark spot to the left of the eye is the other eye, just not as defined?
    I’m much better at seeing those 3-D image thingies (you know the images with the patterns, and if you look at them kinds cross-eyed, you see a 3-D image?) 😉

    • I really only thought of her as having the one eye (very abstract 😉 ) but, yeah, that other dark spot could play as her other eye!

  9. Love the photo. As for the face, it’s a bit like joke telling: If you have to explain the punchline… 🙂

    Must be nice, having a swimming pool. All I have it a laundry tub to soak my feet. 😉

    • Thanks, Dave. Yeah, I know…I’m giving up that folks are seeing it. All that matters is I see and hubby sees it. 🙂

      It is nice, especially on a perfect summer day like today. Water is 87 degrees, the sun is shining and all is right with the world. Consider yourself lucky…some folks don’t even have a laundry tub! 😉

  10. This is almost becomming a psychological test… I can see your woman’s face, and Michaela’s, but can you see mine? Her face is the skin color, she is looking to the right side, only her left eye are visible. Perhaps she wears goggles, because there are a gray circle around the black spot, that is her eye. She has big lips and looks more like a cartoon figure. 🙂

    • Ha! Yes, I can see your woman’s face, too. Just goes to show you how many facets their are to us women!! 🙂

  11. Very nice. Look to the top left, it looks like a small patch of hair, like Madonna in the 80s 🙂

  12. LOL
    Funny reading through the comments! Admit it…this IS some psychological test isn’t it?! 😉

    For the record, I saw it immediately! That’s a good thing right? If not, I didn’t see a thing.

    • I KNOW! Funny, huh?

      HOORAY!! You saw her! Yes, that is a very good thing. I think it makes you someone with exceptional perception! 😀 Seriously. I think you and I must be geniuses! LOL!

      • Yep…totally expecting my invite letter from Mensa any day now. 😉

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