Re: Question with Reflections--x-posted from A&W
I'm curious about this. The water's surface is most reflective when smooth like glass. In that state it would perfectly reflect mountains,sky, etc. You would only see large light areas if they were reflections of lights in the sky (behind the mountains).
In choppy water, reflections (if they appear at all) are disrupted and scattered. Glistens happen and large white bursts or streaks of sunlight can appear and may even overtake reflections of other objects in the scene. This may vary depending on the severity of the water's surface.
Although I may not understand your exact question, I don't think the two things I mentioned above can easily happen at the same time. Generally speaking, the water's surface is either calm and reflective or disturbed and scattered. That being said, it may be that you are just looking for a light value behind the elk; in that case a light sky being reflected in that area may be an option as that surface condition also allows for a reflection of the elk. A slightly disturbed surface may be a working solution too.
Just some thoughts and you may have already found a solution yourself.
Last edited by MikeN : 10-08-2012 at 10:35 PM.