Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Reflections of Masts in Rippled Water

Here are two photographs from a 1903 text for artists about reflections on water.

Left: “Knotted reflections of masts.” Right: “Broken reflection of sail. The mast, being taller, is reflected as a continuous winding line.”

The book is called Light and Water: A Study of Reflexion and Colour in River, Lake, and Sea, by Sir Montagu Pollock. It gives a thorough analysis of reflections on smooth, rippled, and wavy water, with perspective diagrams and explanations. You can download it for free as a PDF at the Internet Archive.


artistaggie said...

Ooh, good resource :-D Thanks!

Mary Bullock said...

Wow Jim! You are such a great source of information - Thanks!

Don Cox said...

The beginning of the documentary film "Jazz on a Summer's Day" is worth studying for good shots of reflections of masts and other nautical parts. Good music, too.

Jared Shear said...

Thanks for the link James. I've already started plowing through it.....a lot of good information on the subject.