CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHY PUDDLE

I take a lot of pictures using puddle reflections because, well, Portland. Thanks for the request @elooto.
  1. Sun
    The most elusive and dynamic variable, but happens quite a bit during Spring showers. Huge downpour followed by an hour of bright sunshine makes for some amazing reflected color. Gotta be fast though.
  2. Interesting Signage or Graphics, both High and Low
    Love looking for spots reflecting an interesting billboard or iconic business sign, and bonus points if you can coordinate it with something on the ground. This double Leather shot outside of a leather/saddle supply store is one of my favorite examples.
  3. Poor Drainage = Mega Puddles
    I've been hunting puddles for a while and the best always come from parts of town that are more industrial or known to have bad street drainage. The bigger the puddle the bigger your canvas, and you can get some very surreal effects with full frame puddles, like this subtle ripple on an otherwise very normal loading dock scene.
  4. People Stepping Over Puddles
    If you're not getting signage or some natural feature, picking a spot with lots of foot traffic makes great puddle shots. I stalk a lot of crosswalks.
  5. Interesting ground context and or trash
    The coolest effects sometime come from the texture of the ground beneath the puddle, bricks or gravel or even grass, and the bits of debris like cigarette butts that are floating around in the puddle. Use those to play against the object you're reflecting. I love this shot because the texture of the asphalt looks like stars or white noise against the satellite dish.