Photography Challenge #16 - Flipped Image - Turning it Upside Down

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We've got another compositional challenge for you today. While a "flipped" photograph might not seem flipped the first moment you view it, you'll soon realize that something just isn't right about the image. It'll usually take a second or two to catch up and realize that the photo you're looking at isn't actually a reflection or as it seems. The photo was initially taken upside down or taken right side up and flipped upside down during post-processing. Either way, the final image will be upside down, but with a twist. It'll probably look right side up. A bit odd, but right side up. Take a look at these example images to see what I'm referring to.




As you can see, the cat in the first photo appears to be stuck to a carpeted ceiling. The cat is actually lying upside down on a carpeted floor. For the next two images, they're both reflections in water. The above water real world part has been placed down on the bottom while the water reflection is at the top. The reflection is supposed to appear to be the above water part.

There is no shortage of these types of photographs floating around out there. If you'd like to see some more examples for inspiration or to get ideas, I'd suggest you search for "flipped photos" or "upside down photos." Those phrases should get you somewhere.

Anyway, think of some ideas and get out there with your camera. See if you can find a few subjects that would look just as good or interesting when flipped upside down. While this is a composition challenge, you'll need to maintain your standards technically as well. Be sure your camera's settings are up to the shot.

When you complete this challenge, be sure to upload your images here for review and critique. Include your specs as well, such as your camera make and model, lens used, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. Include your distance from or scale of your scene as well. We want to know it all so we can get a grasp of what went on while you were shooting and how you managed to take your photos. Good luck.