In early January 2022, I had a chance to experiment with photographing reflections in an ephemeral pond in the Spenceville Wildlife Refuge in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of Northern California. After heavy December and January rains, seasonal streams were flowing and ponds were full. I was treated to a still morning and clear skies, perfect for creating reflections on water, with the only interruptions were bellowing of cows on the hillside and pop-pop of gunshots from a nearby gun range.
For the two photographs that I created this bright morning, I used a Lumix S1R mirrorless camera that has been converted to full spectrum capture using a Lumix 24-105 F4 lens. I used an enhanced infrared filter with a frequency of 665nm over the front of the lens which passes more visible light and results in more color in skies and foliage than a standard infrared filter.
Please view the short video below where I discuss my technique for photographing the reflections in the pond to create a panorama.
©David Arnold, 2022.