Reflection(s)

Physics of Reflections

Optical physics is the study of light and its interactions with matter (atoms, molecules, and semi-conductor systems) in different contexts. The reason we “see” objects is due to the reflection of light. If an object does not provide its own light, it must reflect light in order to be seen. The amount of light seen is dependent upon the differences in refraction between the adjoining materials.

Wikipedia offers a fairly succinct explanation of reflection physics, in a way that doesn’t cause your cerebral matter to explode. 😀

Reflection Physics


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Regular (Spectacular) and Diffuse Reflection

“In regular reflection, all the rays are reflected in the same direction. This explains why regular reflection forms a clear image. In diffuse reflection, the rays are reflected in many different directions. This is why diffuse reflection forms, at best, a blurry image.”

Law of Reflection


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Physiology of Self-Reflection

Oxford’s Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines self-reflection as, “serious thought about your own character and actions.”

We know such activity has proven to be beneficial and produces significant and measurable findings in the brain.

“The capacity to consciously reflect on one’s sense of self is an important aspect of self‐awareness.”

“Self-referential cognitions are important for self-monitoring and self-regulation.”


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Reflection Photography

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, “photography” is derived from Greek roots: photos (“light”) and graphos (“representation by means of lines” or “drawing”), together meaning “drawing with light.”

Photography is all about dancing with the reflection of light and shadows. So it isn’t really that difficult to understand why reflection photography occupies a special niche.


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Looking Forward, Glancing Back

As we continue this journey, removed from the routines and comforts I once took for granted, I am shifting my focus to being in the moment from where I am able to look forward to the future or glancing back at the past, open and unattached. 😀

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said in Self-Reliance, “It’s not the Destination, It’s the Journey.”

Monroe County, New York

Monroe County, New York

Saranac River at McCasland Bridge

Saranac River at McCasland Bridge

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