Philly reflection


I’ve often mentioned how I enjoy photographing reflections. That’s why a short walk through Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park turned into a much longer visit. It became my personal photography playground for a while.

Dilworth Park is a small public park on the western side of Philadelphia’s City Hall. There’s not much to it. It’s only about a half acre in size.

But it does have a fountain, the subject of my photo of the week, that’s more like a play area for small kids than a traditional city fountain. Programmable jets in a marble tile base shoot three-foot-high spouts of water, creating a dancing water feature filled with laughing kids during warm months.

The entire marble area is covered by a thin scrim of water, creating a reflective surface that mirrors structures surrounding Dilworth Park.

And that’s what got my attention on a September morning visit.

I spent about a half hour walking around the fountain, grabbing photos of various reflections. This one, showing the columns and arches of City Hall reflected by the thin sheet of water, is one of my favorites.

It looks like a double exposure combining two separate images. The detail in the marble is clearly visible. So are the columns and other features of the adjacent building.

Each week I will post a photo from my collection with an explanation of how I got the shot. Previous photos of the week are in the archives.


Date/time: Sept. 2, 2015, 8:58 a.m.  
Location: 39°57'9.109" N 75°9'52.799" W (Show in Google Maps)  
Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II  
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 (50mm)  
Aperture: f/8  
Shutter: 1/250th second  
ISO: 1000