Rear view mirrors are really two mirrors in one. Unlike regular mirrors, the glass is a wedge with two reflecting surfaces. There’s the normal-looking silvered surface at the back, and the anti-glare surface on the front that reduces light. You flip it when the lights of cars behind you are too bright. You can see both reflections in this photo.
A bonus effect that is worth experimenting with is the clarity of the mirror in contrast with the bokeh of the rest of the image around it, which can be used to enhance the depth of a photo.
For this week’s FlickrFriday challenge “Second Wind” and Macro Mondays challenge “High Key”.
To get the high key effect, I used the white space of Macro Monday’s discussion of the theme as the background, and used a full-spectrum light on the front of the fan, from off to the right. This really brought out the texture.
When you know your camera’s disadvantages, you can use them to your advantage. I’ve found mine has trouble focusing on small bright shiny objects for macros. Too close and it wants me to turn on the flash. Turn on the flash and it won’t focus on the object, or it’ll wash it out.
For this photo I managed to balance all the exceptions to get a spacey science fictiony new agey album/book cover of an orb, slightly out of focus. With the albedo, it looks like it could be a moon of a gas giant.
I used a frosted glass marble on white paper in low lighting with the flash off. No editing was done except for the signature.
One way to make a photo more disturbing is to turn it not obviously upside down. Viewers can tell something’s wrong, but they’re not sure what. Other ways are to make it slightly redder and the lighting a bit harsher.